Leafing through another of my father’s books. A (long) thread of excerpts from the book which I found interesting. I make no apology for my love for the Quaid and my sense of gratefulness to him for the gift of Pakistan. 1/22
Quaid as a lawyer. Page 70

Quaid was never afraid to speak up and point out ill treatment of people even if it meant challenging the Viceroy. Page 83

Quaid was a member of Congress before he left and joined the Muslim League because he was not reassured that Muslim interests would be guaranteed. Pages 84, 85 (pics 1,2).

He was, in the words of Gokhale an “ambassador of Hindu Muslim unity.” Page 95 (pic 3)

Quaid wanted freedom of India when most of his colleagues weren’t ready for it. Page 97

Was Quaid disadvantaged because of his religion? A question by Jaswant Singh is one I ask myself too. Also, is that why his portrayal isn’t sympathetic or true & why he’s sidelined? So much so that groups wanting to teach partition are reluctant to include books about him. Pg 104
Quaid’s attempts to form a new, inclusive constitutional party floundered because of Gandhi. Page 131

Gandhi wanted dominion status while Nehru wanted complete independence. I think this fact about Gandhi isn’t well known. Page 155

The Aga Khan says this about his meeting with Gandhi in London in 1931. Page 190

All Quaid wanted was reasonable guarantees for Muslims. Nehru wouldn’t budge. Pic 1 Page 201.

Jaswant Singh observes (Pic 2, Page 202).

Why attempts to form a coalition between Muslim League and Congress failed. Page 234

Events and history show the Quaid was right to assert this. Page 233

People underestimated the Quaid and the position he held in the bears of Muslims. Page 239

Quaid’s conversation with the Viceroy Lithgrow (5th Oct 1939). Page 262

Do people who talk about Indian soldiers who fought alongside the British during the World War know that Muslim League oppose the war effort whereas Gandhi wanted the British to lay down their arms? Page 265

This, about the partition, is very interesting. Page 422

Quaid and Mountbatten:
“I tried every trick I could play, I used every appeal I could imagine, to shake Jinnah’s resolve...nothing would. Page 432

Mountbatten thought Quaid was a megalomaniac because he became the Governor General of Pakistan but it was Mountbatten who had..
...wanted to be the Governor General of both Pakistan and India.
The most moving passages, for me at least, are the ones which describe Quaid’s last journey (Page 467 onwards). Though I know these details but every time I read about it I can’t help tearing up because I like other Pakistanis love the father of the nation dearly. His passing...
...away was covered by most newspapers. The London Times (Pic 1). Hindustan Times could not bring itself to honour the man Muslims held in high regard (Pic 2, 3). And what can I say about Nehru (Pic 4)?

Having read the thread, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that teaching history of creation of Pakistan and partition on India is not an easy task and must not be undertaken by people who don’t have the requisite qualifications and who are not prepared to look at it from a Muslim...
...Pakistani’s point of view. Anyone who doesn’t accord Quaid the respect that’s owed to him, who downplays his role, who thinks partition was wrong should talk to Pakistanis to understand what Quaid stood for, what he gave Muslims of India & the high regard he’s held in.

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As I was saying yesterday, my parents discussed history with us, especially my father. He had gifted me this book (private message in brackets). The foreword is by Stanley Wolpert. I will share screenshots of various quotes which are in the book.

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Pakistan wasn’t conceived as a secular state, nor a theocratic one. Extract from Quaid’s broadcast to people of USA, February 1948.

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Pakistanis should remember the dangers of provincialism and sectarianism. Everyone living in Pakistan is a Pakistani.
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With the 75th anniversary of creation of Pakistan coming up, you’ll see lots of people commenting on partition and reasons of partition. Due diligence will be needed to ensure that they know what they’re talking about, aren’t pushing their own view on others, and are fairly &....
...accurately representing all views. It’s a very important part of the history of that region for its teaching to be left to people who don’t know/care about why Pakistan was created and the feelings of Pakistanis about their history. We made huge sacrifices and will not be...
...misrepresented. Do also check that people who talk about creation of Pakistan and independence of India are qualified to do so. Do ask about the work they’ve done in this field. This is a very complex part of history and needs people who’ve studied it to be able to do it...
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