Jaswant’s book on Jinnah selling like hot cakes in Pakistan
Expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh’s controversial book, Jinnah: India, Partition-Independence, which has created a furore in India, is selling like hot cakes in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.books Updated: Sep 01, 2009 20:31 IST
Expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh’s controversial book, Jinnah: India, Partition-Independence, which has created a furore in India, is selling like hot cakes in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
The twin-city booksellers had imported more than 3,000 copies on Saturday and sold them out by Monday morning.
Not only intellectuals, but people from different strata of society have also shown interest in the book, in which Singh has praised Jinnah and described him as a leader who had strong faith in united India, while blaming Sardar Patel for the partition in 1947.
The book has created furore in India, as the author has been expelled from his party BJP and reviled as a ‘Jinnah Lover’.
“I have never seen such a response to any author in about 30 years of being in the book selling business,” a shopkeeper in Rawalpindi told Online.
“My basic purpose of buying this book is just to know what compelled the BJP to expel one of its senior leaders having a long association with the party,” said a reader.
The sale of the book is good; in fact it is better than that of any other book at the moment,” said another Islamabad-based bookseller.
Earlier, a famous book store in Lahore sold 100 copies of the book in a single day which indicates how eager the Pakistanis are to know the reason what prompted the BJP to expel the former Foreign Minister and end his 30 year long association with the party.
“We had received 100 copies on last Wednesday. All the copies were sold out the same day. Now we expect more copies on Saturday,” said Rana Saeed, the owner of the shop.
Excited by the response the book has received, its publishers are already considering to bring out an Urdu version of the book.
Jaswant Singh was expected to visit Pakistan to launch the book, but his son Manvendra Singh said his father has not applied for a visa, and as far as he knew.