ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Communists and Demand for Pakistan

Communists and Demand for Pakistan THIS refers to the letter of Ajit Roy on 'Communists and Demand for Pakistan' (June 22). Roy's main contention is that "[Communists] never supported Pakistan but only the demand for the right of self- determination of 'the various nationalities, such as Pathans, western Punjabis (dominantly Muslim), Sikhs, Sindhis, Hindustanis, Rajasthanis, Gujaratis, Bengalis, Assamese, Beharis, Oriyas, An- dhras, Tamils, Karnatakas, Keralas, etc' so that 'free India of tomorrow would be a federation or union of autonomous states'." But from when did western Punjabis become a separate nationality? Just because they were Muslims? Jinnah's point was exactly that

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