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Was Jinnah the sole spokesman?

September 11th, 2017|

Jinnah never claimed to be the sole spokesperson of his nation. His lifelong stance was that the sole representative of the Muslim nation was All-India Muslim League (and later its off-shoot in the new state). In April 1946, he also took the pledge of loyalty to the League just like ordinary Muslims.

The idea that he […]

The knighthood of Iqbal: contemporary perspectives

August 27th, 2017|

One of the objections raised against Iqbal by his detractors even today is that he accepted knighthood from the British government in 1923. While researching for Iqbal: Daur-i-Urooj, I was surprised to see that almost everything that can be said for or against the subject had already been said within weeks of the knighthood. I […]

A strange mistake of Stanley Wolpert

August 16th, 2017|

While writing Iqbal: Daur-i-Urooj, I have come across many new facts about our history, and been able to correct some errors of the earlier writers. One of the strangest mistakes I came across happens to be in Jinnah of Pakistan, the 1984 book by the well-reputed American scholar Stanley Wolpert. Here is the questionable passage:

Jinnah […]

“2017” – revisiting my five-year-old book about the present year

August 4th, 2017|

In my book 2017: The Battle for Marghdeen, published five years ago, I wrote that a major turning point would occur in the history of Pakistan in 2017. I wish to thank those friends and readers who have been recalling it in the light of the recent developments in the country.

On the suggestion of a […]

The common worldview of Islam and the modern West

January 22nd, 2017|

With so much talk about seeking greater harmony between Islam and the West in our times, perhaps we need to think again about a very strong bridge that has already been existing between the two cultures for the last three hundred years.

Three hundred years ago, Europe was witnessing the great intellectual revolution that was later […]

Two implications of the Delhi Resolution of 1946

December 20th, 2016|

Recently, I have been trying to show that the resolution adopted unanimously by the elected legislators of the All-India Muslim League on April 9, 1946, in Delhi, was the foundational document for Pakistan (and perhaps also the true basis of the political reality of South Asia as it exists today).

There are two questions I get […]