Secular and Nationalist Jinnah
"Secular and Nationalist Jinnah" is a
bookabout Muhammed Ali Jinnahwritten by Dr Ajeet Javedof JNU Delhi.
An interesting book which appreciates the 'greatness' of Jinnah while claiming that Pakistan was his fall-back position when he failed to convince Congress hardliners about a greater share for Muslims in the Post-British power structure.
* Jinnah started taking part in politics from the
Indian National Congressplatform after returning from Londonin 1904. He delivered his first political speech in 1906 at the Calcuttameeting of the Indian National Congress.
* Jinnah supported the moderates against hardliners when Congress faced internal split in the Surat meeting in 1907.
* Jinnah considered politics as a gentleman's passion: he refused to attend and even condemned the
Bombay Bar Associationmeeting held to celebrate the award of Knighthoodto Justice Davarbecause he had joined the Government in convicting a nationlist leader Bal Gangadhar Tilakearlier.
* Jinnah firmly believed in constitutional struggle for the freedom of
Indiabut he refused to condemn Bhagat Singh. Singh was a socialistand nationalistwho had thrown a bomb without life-threatening parts in the parliament (when Jinnah was present) and later given himself up to police so that he could use the courtroom as a propaganda office. Later, Jinnah was the loudest voice [ [http://www.hinduonnet.com/2005/08/08/stories/2005080801672000.htm When Jinnah defended Bhagat Singh - The Hindu] ] in the parliament for understanding the route to freedom which Mr. Singh had chosen.
* Jinnah was offered several high profile jobs during his political career to compromise his integrity but he refused them with contempt. These offers included opportunities to become a Judge in the
Bombay High Court, a member of the Central Legistlative Council, Knighthood ("I prefer to be called Mr. Jinnah"), and Governorship of Bombayetc.
* The book refers to
Muhammad Ali Jinnah's 11th August Speechas evidence of his commitment to secularism even after championing a Muslim cause and winning a separate country on its basis.
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