Aug 15, 2012

Jinnah's forgotten speech

Watching various I-day programmes on TV, Gandhi, Jinnah, his India & Parsi connections, Partition and then a flash of Jinnah's speech of 11 Aug 1947 and ... did I hear correctly?

“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan …You may belong to any religion or caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the state.”
                                                                                                     ...The 11th Aug speech
And we all thought he wanted a Muslim state of Pakistan ! Then a little bit more searching and more surprises about this Muslim gentleman who married a Parsi (and so did his daughter) :
No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you. We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live.

Speech at a meeting of the Muslim University Union, Aligarh (10 March 1944)

In any case Pakistan is not going to be a theocratic State to be ruled by priests with a divine mission. We have many non-Muslims — Hindus, Christians, and Parsis — but they are all Pakistanis. They will enjoy the same rights and privileges as any other citizens and will play their rightful part in the affairs of Pakistan.
Broadcast to the people of the United States of America on Pakistan (February 1948)

Political compulsion? Makes one wonder !

Does anybody remember these words in the country which he gave life to? Seems from some searching that Pakistan lost the recording of this speech of its creator. Some Pakis feel even the spirit of Quaid-e-azam's speech is lost! Hope Pakistan changes some day.