The Dispatches Of Hira Singh. Part Eight

“Where The Weakest Joint Is, Smite” ……….. Ranjoor Singh

I think that all of us know about this maxim, the one where we should strike at the weakest joint. If we do this, we win the battle. This is true. We use this in sport, in war, in business, and also in personal relationships and negotiations. That is what we do, because this is what we have been trained to do from childhood.

Let me turn this on it’s head a bit.

This morning, a third Muslim died. Yakub Menon, a convicted terrorist was hanged. The real planners behind the terrorist attack for which he was hanged, is still living a life of luxury in Pakistan. That terrorist is from Bombay, and moved to Dubai, and then to Pakistan.

You may well ask, what the connection is, but hang on to your trousers a bit, lest you think that they will fall off.

I have often believed in something that I like to call “The Law Of Unintended Consequences”. 

So, let’s travel back to 1857, the year of The Indian Mutiny. If you go further back, to let’s say about 1050 AD, this is India before the Indian Sultanate was formed. It was formed via Turkish Conquests, and later in 1526, the Mughal Dynasty was formed. Muslims came into India, and settled in India. Despite skirmishes, and rivalries, Hindus and Muslims coexisted. Many of our great architectural pieces have been created by Muslim rulers. Sher Shah Suri, Iltutmish, Akbar The Great, Qutb ud-din Aibak rub shoulders with many marvellous Hindu rulers.

In 1857, Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims fought side by side against the British forces, which comprised of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims.

After the Mutiny was overcome in 1858, the British figured that the best way to continue their rule in India, is to divide the Hindus and Muslims. The Weakest Joint, is where they smote. 

What followed over the next 90 years was a long period of madness, and in the 1940’s they continued to play divide and rule between Jinnah and Nehru. The issues that surround the Independence of India, and the creation of Pakistan are very complex, and will be debated for many years. However, religion became the tool of politicians, and the masses suffered.

Pakistan, some people say, defines itself in relation to India. If you examine the history of India and Pakistan since 1947, you will notice the rise of terrorism; you will notice the number of wars that have been fought between the two countries; you will notice that the Kashmir issue will not be solved.

It is a fact that other countries, including the USA have contributed to this, by playing up one country against the other. Nixon’s policies in South Asia were dictated by his distaste for India and Indira Gandhi, whom he called a bitch.

What you have is a sorry mess. Hundreds of thousands were killed in the massacres of the Partition. Millions lost their homes and had to start all over again.

Delhi, in 1858, was called The City Of The Dead.

Delhi, in 1947, was called The City Of The Dead.

The wounds of the rupture continue to burn and fester, leading to chaos, death, terrorism and an atmosphere of suspicion.

In 1857, when the British started their policy of smiting where the weakest joint is, I doubt that they thought of The Law Of Unintended Consequences.


  1. Hira Singh is the story of a regiment of Sikh cavalry who are captured in battle in Flanders in the early days of World War I, escape from captivity and experience many adventures as they make their way back to India

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