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Secular and Nationalist Jinnah
Mohammad Ali Jinnah is the most misrepresented figure in the political history of the subcontinent. In Pakistan he is considered the saviour of the Muslims, protector of Islam and Islamic culture. In India he is dubbed as an evil genius, a die-hard communalist, opponent of the freedom struggle, ally of the British imperialists and the one man responsible for the partition of the country. The real facts about Jinnah are suppressed by both Indian and Pakistani historians.
The truth is that Jinnah was an uncompromising enemy of foreign rule throughout his political career. He was a patriot, a secular nationalist, and an advocate of Hindu-Muslim unity. He fought vigorously for Indian interests in the Imperial Legislative Assembly, refused any title from the British, and struggled for united India for forty years of his life. He resisted for long the proposal of partition and sought fair play and safeguards for the Muslim minority in united India; and when Pakistan was won he advocated the same for the Hindu minority.
Secular and Nationalist Jinnah challenges many of the myths that have grown round Jinnah’s role in the freedom movement and reveals his true character to readers around the world.
Dr Ajeet Jawed is a reader in the Political Science Department of Satyawati College, University of Delhi, India, where she is associated with both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. In 1986 she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Delhi. She is the author of several books.