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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 […]