Friday, March 5, 2010
Muhammad Iqbal (contd-1)
But this was a unique departure from the aims and objectives of All Idia Muslim League when it was formed in 1906.He reiterated that;
" I would like to see the Punjab, North-West Frontier Province , Sindh and Balochistan amalgamated into a single state. Self-government within the British Empire or without the British Empire, the formation of a consolidated North-West Indian Muslim stateappears to me to be the final destiny of the muslims, at least of North-West India."
In his speech, Iqbal emphasised that unlike Christianity, Islam came with "legal concepts" with "civic significance", with its "religious ideals", considered as inseparable from social order. Iqbal, thus, stressed not only the need for a separate state for the political unity of Muslim Communities, but the undesirability off blending the Muslim population into a wider society not based on Islamic principles . He thus became the first politician to articulate what would become as the Two -nation Theory. h4e would travel across Europe and West Asia to garner political and financial support for the League, and he stressd his proposal for Independence.
But the feudal classes in Punjab as well as Muslim politicians did not approve his ideas.