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The Idea of Pakistan: Jinnah and the Partition of British India

By Ayesha Saeed of Red White And Black

Over the last few days I have stumbled upon two things that have precipitated this post: one, I happened to watch Jinnah and two, I came across a series of articles by A.G. Noorani on Jinnah and Partition [Jinnah in Indian History, Assessing Jinnah and Jinnah and Partition]. Continue reading


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Fighting for Jinnah’s Pakistan





By Ashfak Bokhari


There has never been so great a need to revisit Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s legacy as now, under the changed circumstances, to renew our resolve to adhere to his ideals, his principles and his vision of Pakistan. Nor has there been so much urgency to disseminate and popularise the political philosophy of Mr Jinnah — the Quaid-i-Azam to most of us — which has now largely been either ignored by the political community or hijacked by obscurantist forces and even distorted by Islamists to suit their designs.

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Jinnah’s Secularism

Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the statesman, awaits a fair assessment, warts and all, which must include his own mistakes and grave lapses.

 From The Hindu

By A G Noorani

THERE is an aspect to L.K. Advani’s comments on Jinnah at Karachi which has been overlooked. A month or so earlier, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, the rabid Jamaat-e-Islami leader of Pakistan, had denounced Jinnah’s famous presidential speech to Pakistan’s Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947. Advani’s praise and quotation from the speech has boosted the morale of Pakistan’s secularists who always cited it. Continue reading


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Partition of India: The Dialogue continues

 In continuation of Pak Tea House’s earlier “Partition of India: a Dialogue” we reproduce from The Hindu,  A G Noorani’s famous article “Assessing Jinnah” written in the aftermath of L K Advani’s “Jinnah is secular” scandal. This is a well written piece which praises Jinnah for his contribution to the freedom struggle but also takes him to task for his failings.  It also calls for a balanced assessment of the man, and not the hero-demon dichotomy that exists in scholarship about him in the subcontinent.  For Pakistanis, there are several lessons here which should be driven home and internalized: Continue reading


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