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One Indian Nation or Two Indian Nations?

Halidé Edib

in Inside India

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699999
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080540 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699999.003.0027
One Indian Nation or Two Indian Nations?

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From Mahatma Gandhi to Jawaharlal Nehru, a number of leading figures under the banners of different ‘isms’ advocate one nation for India while the communalists call for two nations. The events of the last few months indicate a slight swing towards a single-nation policy. This swing for unity or cooperation between the Hindus and the Muslims is evident in the following instances: the orientation of the Muslim League and a more positive sign of Hindu-Muslim unity. The idea in favour of two nations is called the Pakistan National Movement, which argues that India is not a single country but a bi-national subcontinent comprised of Pakistan, the home of the Muslims, and Hindustan, the home of the Hindus.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; Jawaharlal Nehru; single-nation policy; Muslim League; Pakistan; Hindustan; Pakistan National Movement; Muslim League

Chapter.  4979 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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