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Christopher Beaumont's said that Mountbatten pressured Radcliffe to change the boundary in India's favour.

See this BBC article:

The documents repeatedly allege that Mountbatten put pressure on Radcliffe to alter the boundary in India's favour.

Is this true? If yes, why did Mountbatten side with India?

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Yes he did.

According to Jinnah vs Gandhi, the possible reasons include:

  • Mountbatten was a liberal and was opposed to the religion based partition demands of Jinnah(the Father of Nation, Pakistan)
  • Nehru/Gandhi were good with diplomacy and negotiations
  • Mountbatten was not pleased with the demands and negotiation style of Jinnah so it was a personality clash
  • Though Radcliffe was impartial, he answered to Mountbatten and this swung some territory in India's favor
  • There was a timeline to be stuck to, Mountbatten made many screwups and a hasty exit from India to meet the deadline and prevent a possible civil war/bad press for the Crown.
  • The book Jinnah vs Gandhi by Roderick Mattews covers this part of the Gandhi-Jinnah-Montbatten relationship.

All these little factors tilted towards India and Nehru.

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Any sources for your assertion? –  Joe Dec 13 '13 at 17:40
    
The book Jinnah vs Gandhi by Roderick Mattews covers this part of the Gandhi-Jinnah-Montbatten relationship. –  amarprabhu Dec 13 '13 at 17:48
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So fold it in to your answer. As it stands, you assert that Mountbatten favored India without any support. –  Joe Dec 13 '13 at 17:51
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+1 But how come there is no mention of Lady Edwina Mountbatten? See here for a start: theguardian.com/books/2008/apr/06/features.review2 –  Felix Goldberg Dec 13 '13 at 19:17
    
Mountbatten knew. So did their (Mountbattens) daughter. How much influence this had on either party and the political ramifications of the platonic relationship is debatable. Nehru did send a battleship to pay respects when Lady Mountbatten died, so the relationship was indeed important. The Nehru-Lady Mountbatten relationship is speculative whereas the work relationship between Jinnah-Gandhi-Nehru-Mounbatten has been documented, so its better to do political analysis instead of spinning a love story ;) –  amarprabhu Dec 13 '13 at 20:06

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