Cover Story

Liaisons of Politicians

Some liaisons worth remembering at a time when the American
woman Cynthia Ritchie reveals her experiences with some
politicians in Pakistan that took place years ago.

By J. Enver | September 2020

Certain revelations made by an American woman Cynthia Ritchie against senior Pakistani politicians have opened the floodgates of narratives that have attracted the attention of newspapers and magazines, are the subject of discussion in books, have been touched upon in films, fed television shows or have simply made the usual rounds of conversation and gossip in personal contacts between people at all levels.

Our cover story this month centres on the various revelations that Cynthia Ritchie is going around making. We are carrying her exclusive interview given to this magazine and printing articles produced specially by our writers for this story.

At the same time, we are reminded of some other ‘liaisons’ that have occurred between some of the most well-known people over the past decades. Whether these contacts or relationships, or call it what will, had an impact on the personal or professional lives of the people in question, is something for history to decide

Our narrative begins with the first Prime Minister of India (after Partition) Jawaharlal Nehru and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, wife of the last British Viceroy and first Governor-General of independent India, Lord Louis Mountbatten. Much has been written about what has been described as a ‘torrid’ love affair between Nehru and Edwina and it is obvious the two had more than a ‘liking’ for each other. But that this affair had a bearing on the history of the subcontinent is not clear.

After Partition, the British Viceroy continued as the first Governor-General of India while Jawaharlal Nehru was his prime minister. The Mountbattens had come to India in February 1947 and left in June 1948. This means Nehru must have had the opportunity to visit the Mountbattens or to meet them on many occasions during this period, extremely tumultuous though it must have been. The relations between Edwina and Nehru must have had an opportunity to blossom in this period.

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