Friday, March 26, 2010

Election of 1937 (contd-5)

The Congress refused to come to an arrangement with the Muslim League, choosing instead jamiat-e-Ulema-Hind for partnership through Azad.This was a death blow to the League and its leadership who were  at this point decidedly pro-congress. On 22nd Dec 1939, League and its allies, the Scheduled caste federation and Justice Partyof the Tamil Nadu, celebrated the day of of deliverance from Congress rule
Nehru-Jinnah correspondence is especially vital in this regard. Nehru had mocked the League as an elitist organisation and asked Jinnah to to 'depend on the league's inherent strength .Jnnah had respomded in Kind informing Nehru that from now on he would only depend on his inherent strength. As a historian rightly obseved.
 More than Iqbal it was Nehru who charted a new mass strategy for the league, prodding and Challenging Jinnah to leave the drawing rooms of politics to reach down to thehundred million Muslims. There was ofcourse only one possible wayfor the league to stir that Mass, to awaken it  and lure it to march behind Muslim leadership."
The League leadership had realised through experience with Congress, that in order to make good on its claimof representation of south asian Muslims, it would need to rally the muslim majority areas behind it . In order to do that it required a slogan which would vague enough to bring an overwhelming mass of the Muslim majority areas behind the league. Jinnah started by luring the regional politicians into his fold. First came Sikandar hayat of Punjab, and soon to follow him was Fazlul Haq of bengal. Soon the regional parties who had defeated the league in the elections were ready to come under the league's banner.