Saturday, September 5, 2009

Bangladesh, Lahore Resolution, 1940

Draft Lahore resolution with proposed changes
The Version which included a center that was latter dropped
23rd March, 1940, was important in the history of Pakistan for two important things. 1. Passing of the Lahore Resolution, 2. the declaration of republic in pakistan in 1956.
The Lahore resolution was perhaps the most venerated and yet the most unimplemented document in the state that layed claim to it.
The Lahore resolution :

Minar-i-Pakistan, Lahore, the landmark where the historic Pakistan resolution was passed.

March-23,1940, Lahore :

While approving and endorsing the action taken by the Council and the Working Committee of the All India Muslim League, as indicated in their resolutions dated the 27th of Aug. , 17th & 18th of Sept. and 22nd of Oct, 1939, and the 3rd of Feb. 1940, on the constitutional issue, this session of the All India MuslimLeague emphatically reiterates that the scheme of federationembodied in the Govt. of India Act 1935 is totally unsuited to , and unworkable in the peculiar conditions of this country and is altogether unacceptable to. Muslim India.
It further records its empatic view that while the declaration dated 18th of Oct. 1939, made by Viceroy on behalf of His Majesty's Govt. is reassuring in so far as it declares that the policy and plan on which the Govt. of India Act, 1935 is basedwill be reconsidered in consultation with various parties, interests, and communities in India , Muslims in India will not be satisfied unless the whole constitutional plan is reconsidered de novo and that no revised plan would be acceptable to Muslims unless it is framed with their approval and consent.

At the AIML Working Committee, Lahore Session, March 1940.

Resolved that it is the considered view of this session of the AIML that no constitutional plan would be workable in this country or acceptable to Muslims unless it is designed on the following basic principles, viz, that geographically contiguous units are demarcated into regions which should be constituted, with such territorial readjustments as may be necessary that the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in a majority as in the North Western and Eastern zones of (British)India should be grouped to constitute independent states in which the constituent units should be autonomous and sovereign.

At the ALML session, March,1940, Nawab Sir Shah Nawaz Mamdot presenting address of weicome.