BJP-ruled Gujarat tonight banned Jaswant Singh’s book Jinnah — India, Partition, Independence, claiming it defamed the image of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The move came hours after Singh’s expulsion from the party.
Confirming that sale and import of the book had been banned with immediate effect across the state, Gujarat government spokesperson Jay Narayan Vyas said a notification to this effect was being issued.
“Sardar Patel’s contribution in the creation of modern India is
very well known. Any reference to the contrary, showing Sardar in bad light, is not acceptable to Gujarat,” Vyas said, justifying the ban on the book.
A statement issued by the state government said: “Jaswant Singh’s book questions the role of Sardar Patel during the Partition of India as well as his patriotic spirit. This
is an attempt to tarnish the image of Patel.”