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Jinnah impolite

Said Sher-e-Bangla

Mohammad Ali Jinnah visited East Pakistan from March 19 to March 28, 1948. The visit was a disaster, seeing that instead of reassuring the Bangla-speaking people of his country on the language issue he ended up making them angrier than they were before.

For perhaps the very first time in his long political career, Jinnah came face to face with a situation where he was not exactly looked upon as a revered individual. He, like so many other Pakistani rulers after him, smelled a conspiracy in the demand for Bangla as a state language.

Worse, his meeting with a group of student leaders in Dhaka exposed his rather poor knowledge of Bangalee culture. He demanded to know from the students -- and this was on the very day when he delivered his infamous Urdu advocacy speech at the Curzon Hall of Dhaka University -- if Bangalees could boast of any great men of letters in their history.

The well-prepared and understandably irreverent students' team reminded him of Tagore, Nazrul, Bankim, Mir Mosharraf and a host of others. It is said that Jinnah made no response. But he did warn the students against a deep-rooted conspiracy against Pakistan by communists and fifth columnists. The students clearly did not agree with him.

At the Race Course public rally on March 21, Jinnah first mentioned the imaginary conspiracy by communists and fifth columnists to undo Pakistan. He warned that no mercy would be shown to quislings, though he did not mention who the quislings were. It was a line of thinking that would be adopted by all Pakistani rulers and other West Pakistani politicians every time legitimate demands for social and political justice were made by Bangalees. Even at the public rally, voices of protest at Jinnah's advocacy of Urdu were heard.

Jinnah's abrasive remarks were severely condemned by Prof Abul Kashem who, on the same day, came down hard on the governor general's attempt to paint the advocates of Bangla as fifth columnists and communists and as enemies of Pakistan. On March 23, 1948, Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq denied that there were any quislings, fifth columnists or enemies of Pakistan. He made it clear that Jinnah's language had not been polite and that his insistence on Urdu being the state language of Pakistan had been wrong.

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Mr. Reaz Hassan's observation is misleading because India was not and still NOT a Hindu but real secular country. Jinnah wanted a Muslim country but history has proved that religion is a factor for unity if except Jammats and Al Quaida style killings and human bomb explodes to coerce people for the purpose. But that too breaks as Bangalees have shown to Islamic Pakistan which now has become a trash of human lives. Does Mr. Reaz Hassan want that?

: naabaj

Arrogant and impolite indeed, if we consider a supreme leader not knowing our literature and culture. Most beloved leader of Pakistan needed some subservient subjects without equal rights? What was he thinking when we needed the equality and not another discriminatory system replacing the English one?

A politician but lacked the political wisdom?

: Dev Saha

Comments

  • Nick
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 02:14 AM GMT+06:00 (62 weeks ago)

    East Pakistan should have left Pakistan right then.

  • Salam
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 04:42 AM GMT+06:00 (62 weeks ago)

    Mohammad Ali Jinnah was politically very immature, as he proved throughout his political career. In his days, it was easy for someone like him to become a leader especially among the non-Bengali Muslims as the number of educated persons were very limited. That is why with such narrow view of the Indian Sub-continent, not to mention the world, he became a leader.

  • rch
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 11:39 AM GMT+06:00 (62 weeks ago)

    Yup where is Bangla now amongst Indian Accented English in Bangladesh?


 

 


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