غلام رسول مہر اور صبحِ آزادی
Keywords:Ghulam Rasool Meher, Punjab, Muslim league, Lahore,, Redcliff
This article is about the stormy era in South Asia. The turmoil surfaced in the Punjab when Khizer Hayat Tiwana stepped down from the premiership in March 1947. The political agitation started by the Muslim League, turned into communal strife in different parts of the Punjab. The main centres of violence were Lahore and Amritsar. The Muslims were overwhelmingly in favor of Pakistan as against two wishes of Hindus and Sikhs who wanted India to be kept instead. In these circumstances All India Congress impetuously passed two resolutions to divide Punjab and Bengal on Communal basis without realizing the fact that the same formula would be applied over the whole country.
Ghulam Rasool Meher wanted Pakistan to be constituted over Muslims majority provinces without any alteration of their area. He was disheartened by communal strife and was planning to move to Jallendhar for the rest of his life. The 3rd June plan which accepted Pakistan at the cost of division of Bengal and Punjab appeared to the Muslims of India as a bolt from blue. Meher was shocked and never reconciled with it. The ultimate price was uprooting of millions Muslims and non Muslims from their ancestral homes, loss of life and property. Meher lost his ancestral home, library and fertile pieces of land in Phulpore in East Punjab.Meher never expected a fair deal from Radcliff and anticipated loss of some important Muslim majority areas in the Punjab. He was bitterly against the other two factors closes in 3rd June partition plan. Unfortunately this clause decisively went against Pakistan.