[PDF/EPUB] The Sole Spokesman Jinnah the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan Author Ayesha Jalal – Epub, Kindle ePUB and DOC Online

Ayesha Jalal ¼ 8 Review

Med Ali Jinnah The Sole Spokesman assesses the role of religious communalism and provincialism in shaping the movement for Pakista. It is a must read for every Pakistani confused about the idea of Pakistan the role of Jinnah and Muslims in the making of Pakistan and partition of India and An informative text that shines on a detailed account of pre partition subcontinent politics Debunks myths about Jinnah that are taught in schools and clears his stance of a secular modern Islamic state for Pakistan

Download Ø eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ¼ Ayesha Jalal

The Sole Spokesman Jinnah the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan

In 1940 the All India Muslim League orchestrated the demand for independent Muslim states in India Seven years later Pakistan was. A good account of events though her central thesis is probably exaggerated Jinnah was shallow but probably of a Two nation theorist than Ayesha gives him credit for He was not just using it as a bargaining chip Under that Pukka sahib exterior he was a bit of a superficial Ibalian tooHe may not have read much about religion or history but like today s PTI voters he liked the notion of a Muslim nation

Review The Sole Spokesman Jinnah the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan

Created amidst a communal holocaust of unprecedented proportions Concentrating on the All India Muslim League and its leader Moham. The book is based on the doctoral dissertation submitted to the Cambridge University while the author was pursuing her PhD degree The book focuses on the political strategies employed by the Muslim League and their leader the Sole Spokesman Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the run up to the partition The author challenges the existing historical facts by diligently analyzing intentions of Jinnah and building an argument that Jinnah never intended to seek Pakistan as an independent State for the Muslims of India but instead he used the idea of Pakistan as a bargaining counter to safeguard the rights of the Muslims in the Muslim Minority Provinces and to get maximum of provincial autonomy for the Muslim majority provinces Author positions that Jinnah s often cited comment that India needed a surgical operation did not mean partition but rather a notional division of India into two groups before they joined again in a new partnership of euality and that Jinnah s stubbornness for a separate state must be understood as a tactic employed to preserve the fragile unity of Muslim League which always pro establishment party controlled by various groups of vested interestsWith the unfolding events led to the independence of India Jinnah lost the control over the idea of Pakistan in the due course which was very ambivalent and vague in its essence and was forced to accept a land that poorly suited the interests of the most of the Muslims a mutilated and moth eaten Pakistan that Jinnah rejected twice the same formula out of fear that it would lead the division of Bengal and PunjabA few months before Independennce Khawaja Nazimuddin 2nd Governor General as well as 2nd Prime Minister of Pakistan candidly told a British Governor that he did not know what Pakistan means and that nobody in Muslim League knew Such was the preparation of the leaders of Muslim League who had made no preparation for how to run a new country One possible explanation for for this lack is that the demand of Pakistan was devised for bargaining purpose to gain political leverage for the Muslims Jinnah and his colleagues in the Muslim League had not contemplated a Pakistan that did not include all of the Punjab and Bengal If the entire scheme was designed to increase the Muslims bargaining power in post British India the division of India had to be between Muslim majority provinces and Hindu majority provinces Without the Non Muslim majority districts of Punjab and Bengal the Muslim League could not expect to bargain for parity between Pakistan and India Jinnah critics already pointed out that any division of India along communal lines would inevitably have to include division of Punjab and Bengal along similar linesThe author assertion is that the creation of Pakistan was an incident and a miscalculation and that Jinnah never wanted a separate Muslim state but used it as a thread to the political bargaining chip to strengthen the voice of the Muslim in the undivided India and in order to defend her assertion she maintains that one needs to look no further than Jinnah s reaction to the partition


10 thoughts on “The Sole Spokesman Jinnah the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan

  1. says:

    If you are a Pakistani haven't read it and have no plans to read it I may have to unfriend you

  2. says:

    A good account of events though her central thesis is probably exaggerated Jinnah was shallow but probably of a Two nation theorist than Ayesha gives him credit for He was not just using it as a bargaining chip Under that Pukka sahib exterior he was a bit of a superficial Ibalian tooHe may not have read much about religion or history but like today's PTI voters he liked the notion of a Muslim nation

  3. says:

    It was not like a boring academic book with its beautiful graphic language Ayesha Jala has made it a must read wh

  4. says:

    This book is not easy to read It just drones on and on and on and till you forget where you started from Couldn't get past the first 30 pages I'm going to give it another try in a few months and see if I feel any differen

  5. says:

    Excellent The prose the rich sprinkling of idioms the thought the nacked truth it's history at it's besta must read for all subcontinent folks regardless of their nationality be it Pakistani Indian or a Bengali surely not a detailed account of events but it does probe Jinnah and the scenarios surrounding the man and their ultimate recourse to

  6. says:

    The book is based on the doctoral dissertation submitted to the Cambridge University while the author was pursuing her PhD degree The book focuses on the political strategies employed by the Muslim League and their leader th

  7. says:

    This should be mandatory reading for all high school Pakistani students particularly for those raised on the doctored history of Pakistan movement of the Zia ul Ha era textbooks

  8. says:

    It is a must read for every Pakistani confused about the idea of Pakistan the role of Jinnah and Muslims in the making of Pakistan and partition of India and An informative text that shines on a detailed account of pre partition subc

  9. says:

    If you have obtained you knowledge of the Pakistan project through textbooks taught in our education system this b

  10. says:

    Dry and empirical and Jalal's writing is disappointingly naive It tries to provide a narrative which by itself is uite bare; without the footnotes it would have gone nowhere It however gives me some insight into the mainstream historiography of the partition as well as that of Pakistan by departing from it The

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *