Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pakistan, Jinnah's political life

Jinnah's active political life started started from 1906 when went to England with Gopal Krishnna Gokale (1866-1915) to plead the cause of Indian self-Government during British elections..A year later he became the secretary to Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917), the then President of Indian National Congress, which was a great honour for a budding politician. In Dec 1906 at Calcutta Congress Session he also made his first political speech in support of the resolution on self-Government.
In january 1910, Jinnah was elected to the newly constituted Imperial Legislative Council. All through his parliamentary career , which spanned some four decades, he was probably the most powerful voice in the cause of Indian freedom and Indian rights.Jinnah who was also the first Indian to pilot a private members bill through the Council, soon soon became the leader of a group inside the lesgislature. Mr. Montagu (1879-1924), Secretary of State for India, for India, at the close of the WWI, considered Jinnah a "perfect mannered, impressive-looking, armed to the teeth with dialecties, "Jinnah" he felt, "is a very clever man, and itis , of course., an outrage that such a man should have no chance of running the affairs of his own country.
For about three decades since his entry into politics in 1906 , Jinnah passionately believed in and asiduously worked for Hindu-Muslim unity.Gokhale the foremost Hindu leader before Gandhi, had once said of him "he has the true stuff in him that freedom from all sectarian prejudice which will make him the best ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity ; and, to be sure, he did become the architect of Hindu-Muslim unity; he was responsible for the Congress-League pact of 1916, known popularly as Lucknow pact , the only pact ever signed between the two political organisations , the Congress and All India Muslim League, representing as they did, the two major communities in the subcontinent.