Road to Pakistan: The Life and Times of Mohammad Ali Jinnah / Edition 1

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Overview

This is a biography of Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the story of the creation of Pakistan. At a time of much interest and concern about Pakistan in the international community, this volume provides a historical context which helps in an understanding of the present. It traces the development of the Muslim identity on the Indian subcontinent and follows Jinnah as he rode the wave of Muslim communalism to ultimate success in the demand for the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan at independence from British rule.

Jinnah’s successful espousal of the demand for Pakistan was a remarkable feat. In achieving this success, Jinnah traversed a long distance from the beliefs with which he entered public life. He started out a nationalist, as a protégé of senior Congress leaders like Dadabhai Naoroji. However, the introduction of separate electorates for Muslims after the Minto–Morley reforms in 1909 led him to change his position in order to appeal to his changed constituency. Even so, it was not until 1937 that he unabashedly played the religious card. He now began to see the Congress and the Hindus as his adversaries rather than the British. Through these twists and turns of posture, the one constant factor was his underlying ambition to remain in a position of leadership and eminence.

This volume traces the zigzag course of Jinnah’s political life and the establishment of Pakistan within the broader framework of the Indian freedom struggle. Indeed the main players in this struggle with three protagonists were the Indian National Congress and the British rulers. This work demonstrates how this bigger struggle opened the door for Muslim separatism led by Jinnah. It was through this opening, aided by British moves to use the Muslim League as a foil to the Congress, that Jinnah very astutely led his party to success in its demand for the creation of Pakistan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415483209
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/25/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

B. R. Nanda, renowned author and historian, has been a member of the Indian Historical Records Commission, a trustee of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund and the Gandhi Memorial Society, and Chairman of the National Gandhi Museum at Delhi.

He is presently editing the series, Collected Works of Lala Lajpat Rai.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 The Early Years 1

2 Politics Calling 11

3 The Rising Star 26

4 The Making of a Muslim Gokhale 38

5 The Advent of Gandhi 48

6 Eclipsed 62

7 Down But Not Out 73

8 In the Council Chamber 83

9 The Communal Tangle 94

10 On Centre-Stage 100

11 Dead End 108

12 Leader in Search of a Role 124

13 First Round Table Conference 135

14 Second Round Table Conference 147

15 Self-Exile 158

16 The Raj at Bay 167

17 Image of a Nationalist 176

18 Electoral Arena 191

19 The Moment of Truth 201

20 On the Offensive 212

21 The Congress Response 219

22 British Response 234

23 Inching Towards Partition 253

24 Declaration of War 263

25 The Die is Cast 277

26 Phantom to Reality 294

27 Towards Transfer of Power 313

28 Post Partition 325

29 Epilogue 329

Notes 334

Select Bibliography 351

About the Author 361

Index 363

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