Jinnah

Many people are born an reformers, many born to be big among the10561737_10201381356615779_2065580929405951498_n.jpg biggest. The aim of such people is not creating name but to do something with which they might always be remembered and ignite a fume of inspiration among their admirers. Such people are to what people who knew them might find crazier than the rest.

Among these inspirational personnel, their is a unique man with a character with a manner of well dressing and to an extent a very neat stature and he is Mr Jinnah. I will quote him as Mr.Jinnah as he was not a man of titles and honors.

“I have lived as plain Mr.Jinnah and I hope to die as plain Mr.Jinnah.
I am very much averse to any titles and honors and I will be more than happy if there was no prefix to my name.” – Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Jinnah’s stature is regarded as one best of his time. He emerged after joining All India Muslim League as the sole re-presenter of Muslim rights in the United India. Although he was declared and hailed as an ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity in sub-continent as to many politicians, reformers, scholars, poets and writers of that era was essential to earn the locals of Sub continent their rights. He was highly influenced by, western clothing and for that he abandoned the indian clothing. Throughout his life he was impeccably dressed in public and came to own 200 suits in his wardrobes. Even on his death bed he insisted on being formally dressed.

“I will not travel in my pyjamas”

Born into a merchant family, Jinnah was destined to follow his father’s footsteps and look after the family business though he 1101460422_400.jpginsisted on being sent to London with his uncle to learn the trade their. Though, Jinnah’s mind was interested in something different and what inspired him was Study of Law. He enrolled their as law student and went on to become the youngest to become barrister of law. He was a very brilliant of an advocate. After coming back, he became more of an active in politics and joined the Indian National Congress. One unique similarity Gandhi and Jinnah shared and that is their mentor was the same person Gopal Krishna Gokhale. He had great influences on both the leaders. Jinnah aimed himself to be the Muslim Gokhale for subcontinent.

Jinnah was a man with a very well dressed personality, man of principles and a strong character he possessed. He was a very proud person, would come to his office and sit entire day reading the newspaper. He wouldn’t take a case that wasn’t worth his caliber, as he being a big fish would not go for anything lesser than his worth.

Morally being strong Jinnah came into the show in 1913 when he joined the Muslim League after realizing that there is no future for Muslims in United India with Congress. And rose to fame after the famous 14 points which he presented as a reply for Nehru report.
Jinnah shared very different views as of Gandhi’s.

Once read somewhere, when Gandhi was coming to India from South Africa Gokhale asked Jinnah to receive Gandhi at the seaport. When Gandhi came he Jinnah raised his hand to shake with Gandhi, to Gandhi’s amaze he was shocked at Jinnah’s look and dressed. Gandhi asked in Jinnah, “how do you get so much time to dress this well? Being a country living under poverty it’s leaders shouldn’t waste time dressing well”, and joined his hands bid Namaste to Jinnah and went on his way. This incident in the history might be leading to Jinnah’s indifference with Gandhi and the base for Pakistan’s existence.

Began Practice of law in 1897 in Bombay Presidency. One incident a colleague of Mr Jinnah from the Bombay High Court remembered that “Jinnah’s faith in himself was incredible”; he recalled that on being admonished by a judge with “Mr. Jinnah, remember that you are not addressing a third-class magistrate” Jinnah shot back “My Lord, allow me to warn you that you are not addressing a third-class pleader.”

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People had such a terrific and dynamic love for him that even though Jinnah used to publicly deliver speeches in English people came to just listen to him despite having no knowledge of what he spoke they saw it in his eyes that he is speaking the truth.

Mentally and physically Jinnah was so determined for the country Pakistan that after being suffering of tuberculosis (since 1930’s) he didn’t made his ailment to be publicized instead he forced it to remain unveiled as he thought it might be a treat for the political rivalries and it might hurt the cause of Jinnah. Jinnah was a staunch smoker a tin box of Craven “A” cigarettes were at his desk while he work were used to be at his desk and Cuban Cigars he would spend his day smoking 50 a day. The day Jinnah the Greatest revolutionary leader of 20th century for Muslims died a million people were gathered at his funeral. Feelings were not only limited in Pakistan but across the border, the Indian Prime Minister Jawahlal Nehru stated:

” How shall we judge him? I have been very angry with him often during the past years. But now there is no bitterness in my thought of him, only a great sadness for all that has been … he succeeded in his quest and gained his objective, but at what a cost and with what a difference from what he had imagined.”

Jinnah was buried on 12 September 1948 amid official mourning in both India and Pakistan; a million people gathered for his funeral. Indian Governor-General Rajagopalachari cancelled an official reception that day in honour of the late leader. Today, Jinnah rests in a large marble mausoleum, Mazar e Quaid, in Karachi.

In a journal article on Pakistan’s first governor-general, historian R. J. Moore wrote that Jinnah is universally recognised as central to the creation of Pakistan. Wolpert summarises the profound effect that Jinnah had on the world:

Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.

“None in history of India was loved so much like Jinnah.”                                                                                                                           (B Russell)

Jinnah’s legacy is Pakistan. Muhammad Ali Jinnah will be remembered in the history books forever. Wherever it would be mentioned about Pakistan, Jinnah would be the first thought on our minds. Jinnah is loved in Pakistan as much as George Washington is loved in USA.

The Elegance of Kumar

 

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Sangakkara after a Hundred, raising his bat to the crowd

Kumara Chokshanda Sangakkara born in Oct 1977 in Matale, Sri Lanka. Most regarded him

as one of the most Elegant batsmen and according to some he is among the very best the modern cricketing has seen.

Kumar began his career in the early days of 21th Century. Since the very beginning of his International Career he emerged as skilled and reliable middle order batsmen that could make the game turn his team’s side. Along with the exceptional, elegant, and skilled left handed batting from him we also know of his great reputation behind the stumps. He has kept wickets for Lankans in all formats of the game whether it be Tests, ODI’s or the t20I’s.

He has alongside Mahela Jayawardene changed the cricketing structure in Sri Lanka. He is someone you can rely on, when stuck between a crucial run chase, or setting a target to the opposing team. Scored without any hesitancy all across the globe. He can be relied upon in any situation.

Kumar along with batting up the order, keeping the wickets also captained the Sri Lanka team for few years and even lead them to the World Cup final in 2011 which they lost against India. Also lead his side to 2009 T20I World Cup Final against Pak at Lords which they lost due to Afridi’s match winning knock.

Kumar was God-gifted as a batsmen he could play shots anywhere and make his strokes as he would slowly generate pace towards the end of the innings. He could bat an entire day.. when batting in a test match (as you can see by his 11 Double hundreds in 138 Test Matches). In the last 15 years Kumar evolved as a batsmen and emerged as the Second leading run scorer in International Cricket after Sachin Tendulkar. Sanga, had been a Cricket Icon and has been responsible for lots of records such as 11 double Hundreds in Test Career which is 2nd most after Bradman’s 12, The fastest to 8000, 9000, 11000 and 12000 runs in Test Cricket, He was awarded as  the ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2012, Test Cricketer of the Year in 2012, and ODI Cricketer of the Year multiple times in 2011 and 2013. He has also won the LG People’s Choice Award twice, in 2011 and 2012.

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Kumar Sangakkara gestures to the crowd as teammates carry him around the pitch in a lap of honour as farewell to the wonderful career of his

And elected leading Cricketer in World in 2015 edition of Wisden. He is leading ODI run scorer for Sri Lanka and also holds the most dismissals by wicket keeper, breaking Gilchrist’s 472 dismissals.  He is among a few to have scored a hundred in tests against all test playing nations. Scored 12400 Runs in 134 test matches at an healthy aggregate of 57.40, including a Triple Hundred right at the peak and end of his career. The Only man to have scored 150+ scores in four consecutive Tests or be a Hundred at Lord’s. The most remarkable effort of his in the last year of his career is to have been scored four consecutive Hundreds in World Cup in 2015 against Bangladesh, England, Australia and Scotland respectively. Another World Cup record that he holds is the most dismissals in World Cup career (54 in 25 matches).

When considering total runs scored in all forms of the game, Sangakkara is second only to Indian Sachin Tendulkar, where Sangakkara scored 28,016 international runs and Tendulkar has scored 34,357 international runs. I might say, had he played two more years the way he was batting since past few years Tendulkar might have felt his record in danger. Kumar was in hell of a form, with runs coming off his bat nearly every match. He was in such a good form that he would come and deliver a big score. He was a gentlemen, sure he was to the game. His contributions, I have shared only a few of those but his name is far bigger than any other cricketer.

Sangakkara retired from t20I’s by winning his side the world cup final against the MSD led India. He had hoped his side to win the World Cup in Australia but Proteas were too good for his team, Sanga was all set to score a fifth massive consecutive hundred but his team were thwarted by the deVilliers led SA and he after a fighting knock got out for well fought 45 (Even the Heavens poured that moment). He ended his career on a high note with all of the World admiring the Maestro of modern day Cricket.

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Sanga shot after Sanga Cover Drive for Dhaka Dynamites.

Though he played a few test matches against Pak and Ind later that year, and retired in August the same year. He has been a great match winner for his team and the back bone of their batting line up for more than a decade. He has scored against all the opponents and all across the globe.

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Sangakkara after a Hundred, raising his bat to the crowd

The elegance of Kumara Sangakkara cover drive that shot making that stroke play and display of skill won’t be compared to any other batsmen. He was simply different from the rest. Kumar’s ability to play spin was inevitable. He could read the ball from the very hands of the bowler. The difficult was his wicket, and the key to victory was to get Sanga’s wicket cheaply.

His records shows his brilliance. He has been the Most Elegant batsmen the World would ever see. His magic still lives in him after 5 years of retirement you can see as he played for Shane’s Warriors v/s Sachin’s Blasters in America being the leading run scorer of the series. In BPL 3rd Edition where he was the leading run scorer scoring 300+ runs.

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The foundation, the resistance, the elegant and watchful stroke play and above all a gentlemen who contributed and retired rather some might say was sooner for Sri Lanka.

 

I might reckon it was not his time to bid farewell to the one thing he was destined to be Master of that was batting. Kumar’s fascinating knock at Lord’s was and will always be remembered as the only thing that he needed in his records.

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A 1st Lord’s Century to savour for Kumar Sangakkara

“Retiring from cricket is not about form. I feel that the time is now and it’s right. I’ve tried to give everything I have when I’ve played the game; the game goes on. You can’t hold onto it and people shouldn’t be too sentimental. I think a lot better players and greater players have gone, and the game has gone on and there are new players who take the mantle, and in my case it won’t be any different.” #SangaSignsOff