(By Dr. TT Sreekumar) Jinnah’s image as an adamant fighter for a separate Muslim Homeland and hence as someone responsible for the division of India is often reinforced by Pakistan’s own constructions of his persona as father of the nation. An unkind fashioning of his politics as inherently sectarian obliterates the nuances of the strategic . . . → Read More: Jinnah’s vision for Pakistan and more
“Oh Jinnah sahib? Suna hai ke woh Nehru ki takkar ke thay.”
(Oh, Mr Jinnah? I have heard that he was quite the equivalent of Nehru.)
Stunned by the honest answer to my question by my Indian friend, I tried to process what he had said. It was the third day of . . . → Read More: Jinnah versus Nehru: What our history books don’t teach us
By M J Akbar
A tale of two leaders
Doing well in school is no guarantee that you will do well in life; but to do well in life, you have to at least get to a school. Mohammad Ali Jinnah, father of Pakistan, was born in Karachi in 1875; his first school was a . . . → Read More: Malala’s story: This is not the Pakistan our ancestors fought for
In India, we tend to forget the crimes committed against humanity by either the British or the Muslim rulers before them or the Muslim League and its child Pakistan. History books of India hardly mention that in 1943 at least 5 million people in Bengal were forced to starve to death by the British. There . . . → Read More: Was Secularism Part of Jinnah’s Vision for Pakistan?
The father of the nation, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, once said, “We are a nation, with our distinctive culture and civilisation, names and nomenclature, sense of values and proportion, legal laws and moral code, customs and calendar, history and tradition, aptitude and ambition. In short, we have our own distinctive outlook on life and of . . . → Read More: The Spirit of Pakistan Resolution
The national resilience of the Pakistani people is to be judged by the degree of their consciousness and commitment to guard their values, traditions and honour, called the National Purpose, or the raison-d’etre, as the French call it. National Purpose, is sacrosanct and sublime. Quaid-e-Azam first of all preferred to affirm his own faith, belief . . . → Read More: Pakistan: Our National Purpose
In recent weeks, several commentators have dwelt upon the amorphous notion of ‘Jinnah’s Pakistan’, challenging its notional contours and exposing its overt ideological underpinnings. Whilst such a debate is healthy in a democratic society, it becomes a worrying sign in a deeply polarised polity such as Pakistan. Jinnah’s Pakistan was no consensus project: It had . . . → Read More: ‘Jinnah’s Pakistan’ is not dead
Recent events have brought to the forefront the death grip that the religious right has over the ideology and direction of the state. However, what is seldom discussed is the inherent contradictions in the politics and ideas of the religious right from pre-Partition days to the present.
At the time when Jinnah was spearheading the . . . → Read More: Jinnah and the religious right