Shaheenbag stir : 'Jinnahwali Azadi', rioting and 'Pakistan Zindabad' and cynical secularism

Shekhar Dutta

That the seventy day old 'Shaheenbag stir' would ultimately erupt in communal rioting had been scripted well ahead of time by expedient secularists, vote-bankers and muddle-headed, history-averse university skunks . The killing spree was impeccably timed to coincide with the visit to India of US president Donald Trump whose attention and adverse comment had been coveted by the pernicious gang but it fell flat on Trump's diplomatic wisdom. By now the country is well aware of why the much-touted sit-in with road blockade and other collateral damages to public interest had been launched by 'Dadis', 'Begums' and children, suitably backed by old babies of the universities, practitioners of gutter politics and matinee idols of fundamentalism. The apex court's blunder of legitimizing the anti-people circus on  a non-issue-much maligned CAA neither takes away any Indian's citizenship , nor does it deny citizenship application by anyone belonging to Abrahamic faiths-by deputing interlocutors may have only emboldened the participants and sponsors into believing they were on right course. People wallowing in deeply sectarian exclusivism stemming from fundamentalist fantasies and a certitude of pious infallibility consciously keep away from reason and rationality. The exodus from the world of reason and compatibility, always visible over the past fourteen hundred years, still continues unimpeded. The cumulative outcome is manifested in what Delhi has been witnessing over the past few days and more seem to be in store as the pre-partition mindset rules the roost. A tangible loss of politico-electoral veto over the country's polity hurts and its manifestation is what it is in northeastern part of the national capital.

What however looks and seems positively bizarre in this context is the demand for 'Jinnahwali Azadi' which practically means further vivisection of India through M.A.Jinnah's politics of rioting , blackmail, mindless violence to achieve his 'truncated and moth-eaten Pakistan'. From being the angelic 'ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity', as described by Sarojini Naidu, Jinnha had emerged as a communalist leader of Muslims bent upon the partition of India to achieve Pakistan and power. His alienation from Congress and secular politics had commenced with the advent of Mahatma Gandhi and the latter's politics grounded on spiritual utopianism. Humiliation in the Nagpur Congress of 1920 and Congress's rejection of his 14-point programme in 1928 had set Jinnah on the course of  communal politics of Muslim separatism . But the real ideological transformation of Jinnah had commenced in the aftermath of reverses suffered by Muslim League in provincial elections of 1937. Acting upon what Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had conceived , Allama Iqbal had imagined and Chaudhury Rahamat Ali had practically mapped , Jinnah shed all his inhibitions and became a strident votary of separatism and Pakistan which he achieved on powerful British crutches over a mountain of blood and gore. An estimated two million people had lost their lives and properties worth crores had been lost in the communal holocaust on both sides of the Radcliffe live dividing India and Pakistan . But the 'Quaid-e-Azam' Jinnah lived on for thirteen more months to deeply regret his blunder.
The elections of 1946 which Muslim League won can not be taken as an electoral endorsement for Jinnah's Pakistan as that time there was no universal adult suffrage and only 10-12% of undivided India’s Muslims had cast votes. Even when partition was a decided issue in the wake of widespread rioting by Muslim League on August 16 1946 in response to Jinnah’s call for 'direct action day', evoking reactions  and growing ambivalence of Congress over cabinet mission plan, Jinnah was too much swayed by the prospect of Muslim homeland in Pakistan to spare a thought for Muslims who would be left behind in India.
Late M.C.Chagla, eminent jurist, former chief justice of Mumbai high court and briefly India's external affairs minister had been Jinnah's junior in Mumabi. Just as preparation for Pakistan was in final stage and his senior was preparing to leave Indian shores , Chagla asked him what would happen to Indian Muslims left behind . To this Jinnah's reply was a cryptic 'they will look after themselves'. Yet again , before his departure from Delhi Jinnah was asked by journalists for a message for Muslims who would continue to be Indians even after partition. The 'Quaid-e-Azam' replied that Muslims left behind in India should be loyal Indian citizens and he expected the Indian government to treat them fairly. A direct negation of his politics of communalism pursued over the last eleven years of his life. Finally in his  much celebrated speech  in Pakistan constituent assembly on August 11 1947 Jinnah had said 'any idea of a united India could never have worked and in my judgment it would have led us to a terrific disaster. May be this view is correct, may be it is not, that remains to be seen'. This misgiving over partition even when the holocaust was on and the faith reposed in government of India dominated by 'Hindu upper castes' are glaring contradictions that defy reconciliation.
Finally  Jinnah's last days on sick bed saw him in  profound pain and deep regret over what he had done . Colonel Ilahi Baksh, MD who was Jinnah’s personal physician in the last phase of his life on death bed in Ziarat near Quetta and then in Karachi's government house saw Jinnah lose his cool while speaking to prime minister and longstanding colleague Liaquat Ali Khan who had come to see the 'Quaid-e-Azam'. As part of a tongue lashing, dying Jinnah had curtly described Pakistan as 'the biggest blunder of my life'. The old dying man went on 'I have made it (Pakistan)  but I know I have committed the biggest blunder of my life'. He then followed this up with an unbelievable sentence ' If now I get an opportunity I wil go to Delhi and tell Jawaharlal to forget about the follies of the past and become friends again'. A distraught Liaquat Ali one day emerged from sick 'Quaid-e-Azam's room and was heard to murmur, 'The old man has now discovered his mistake'. Those who make a 'Faustian deal' live to regret and suffer in life as in death. 

For the sloganeers of 'Pakistan Zindabad', suffice it should to recall and see the present Pakistan moving from capital to capital of the world with a begging bowl and being  universally condemned as a 'terrorist state'.   American journalist Margaret Bourque White who had spent a month in government house in Karachi following the emergence of Pakistan as a separate and sovereign state to draw a pen picture with photos of M.A Jinnah had very perceptively noticed and recorded 'the bankruptcy of ideas in the new Muslim state-a nation drawing spurious warmth from the embers of an antique fanaticism fanned into a new blaze'. The proponents and promoters of 'Pakistan Zindabad' would do well to keep in mind that those who disregard the historical past can not comprehend or analyse the present and build a future. 
References : 1) Pakistan, courting the abyss by Tilak Devasher
                   2) Tinder box, Pakistan-past and future by A.J.Akbar
                   3) With the Quaid-e-Azam during his last days by Lt Colonel Ilahi Baksh
                            (OUP, 1949, 2011) quoted in Devasher
                   4) Halfway to freedom.., by Margaret Bourque White (1949), quoted in Devasher  


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