Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah

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The common worldview of Islam and the modern West

January 22nd, 2017|

‘O people of the Book! Come let us join together on the ‘word’ (Unity of God), that is common to us all.’ .
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 […]

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 […]

Jinnah and Gandhi: a politically incorrect appraisal

September 10th, 2016|

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, sometime in September 2001. Much could be said on the side of Gandhi, which I could not cover in the limited space of a newspaper article, and hence the “political incorrectness” mentioned in the title.

I would also like to add that since then, I have developed a […]

What the Quaid said on August 11, 1947, and how it has been distorted

August 9th, 2016|

It seems that both the liberals and the conservatives in Pakistan have been missing the main point of the Quaid’s famous speech.

You are free; you are free to go to your temples; you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong […]

Those who defied the sovereignty of Pakistan

August 4th, 2016|

Addressing the constituent assembly of Pakistan (including the present-day Bangladesh) on August 11, 1947, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah said, ‘The first and the foremost thing that I would like to emphasize is this: remember that you are now a sovereign legislative body and you have got all the powers.’ The point is mentioned at least […]

The South Asian Declaration of Independence

July 29th, 2016|

When the founders of the Unites States decided to break away from the British rule, they put down their reasons in a document. This is the US Declaration of Independence, unanimously signed by 56 representatives of ‘the thirteen united states of America’ on July 4, 1776. Likewise, in the Indian subcontinent, some 450 elected leaders […]