Many people are born an reformers, many born to be big among the 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 insisted 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.”
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.