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Jinnah: Secular and Nationalist

Ajeet Jawed (Author)
Synopsis In the post independence Indian history Mohd. Ali Jinnah is depicted as the devil in the freedom struggle by the Indian writers and politicians. All illadjectives are used with his name. He is dubbed as a die-hard communalist, a separatist, an egoistic-arrogant, an ally of the British Imperialist, an opponent of the freedom movement, an enemy of the Congress and one man responsible for the partition. His positive aspect and his contribution to freedom struggle is ignored completely. He is misrepresented but also in Pakistan. He is characterized as fundamentalist wanting to establish a religious State. Facts about Jinnah, his life and his politics and policies are suppressed by both Indian and Pakistani historians as well as Politicians. The truth is that Jinnah was, from the very inception of his political career an uncompromising enemy of the foreign rule. He was a patriot, a nationalist, a secularist and believed in constitutional means for the attainment of freedom. His patriotism was greater then any one of his contemporary patriots. He was considered the ‘Pride of India’, ‘Uncrowned Prince of Bombay’ and an ‘Ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity. For more than four decades of his life he fought for a united India. He resisted for long the proposal of partition. He had even opposed the separation of Burma from India during the first Round Table Conference but few years later he sought a separate state for the Muslims. Why a patriot, a nationalist, a secularist and an advocate of Hindu-Muslim unity became a champion of a separate state? What was responsible for this change? His own ambition or humiliations? British Imperialists or the Congress leaders? Or was it that he became the victim of circumstances? Did he really want Pakistan or was it merely a bargaining counter? Was he happy in the land of his creation? This book questions many of the myths that have grown around Jinnah’s role in the freedom movement and highlights several factors that have deliberately been suppressed by Indians as well as Pakistani writers and politicians. But recently, after about 58 years, none other than a leader like L.K. Advani has admitted and boldly stated that M.A. Jinnah was a great man and a secularist.
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About the author

Ajeet Jawed

Dr. Ajeet Jawed is a Reader in Political Science Department of Satyawati college, University of Delhi. She is associated with both under-graduate and post-graduate teaching. In 1986 she was awarded degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Delhi University. She has published various articles on India’s Freedom struggle. In 1988 she wrote a book, Left Politics in Punjab. In 1997 she wrote another book entitled Secular and National Jinnah. All her books have been widely acclaimed.

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Title Jinnah: Secular and Nationalist
Author Ajeet Jawed
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Faizbooks.com
Language: English
length xi+392p., Plates; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.