A lawyer, Statesman, Influencer… A Game Changer! Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Muhammad Ali Jinnah was instrumental in the creation of Pakistan
“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.”
Professor Stanley Wolpert
This Quaid-e-Azam day, let us get an insight into what his personality was? How he was really way ahead of his time and his opponents.
The founder of the Islamic Republic belonged to an Ismaili-memon family (later converted to a conventional Shi’ite sect) based in Karachi. Got his early education from Karachi and later on went to Lincoln’s Inn London for getting his Bar-at-law. Then rest is we all know what that man-caused. If we see the history and era of Jinnah, we see not only the British, but there are other opponent factions too.
These factions weren’t only political but religious too as Jamat e Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e Hind was also against him. He was facing not only criticism but he was subject of smear defamation campaigns, failed assassination attempts, and whatnot. Still, that genius mind managed to achieve his goal and got his subjects an identity of a separate nation.
What inspires me most about Jinnah is his sense of sacrifice. Just imagine that you are the best barrister with foreign qualifications and earning a great fortune, moreover, your name is enough to persuade a judge to decide in your client’s favor. Still, you choose to fight for a cause that will cost you your reputation and personal life, and relationships. No leader today can engage himself towards a cause as he did. He put behind his health condition for achieving his goal i.e. Formation of an Islamic Republic.
Another great aspect of Quaid’s personality is his charm and persuading traits that turned hard negative answers to the affirmations. While he travelled across then British India for gaining mandate and support for the Muslim League, he persuades many reluctant lords, nawabs, and tribal leaders to his side single-handedly. He was an excellent negotiator. Or more precisely he was a great influencer.
Another great quality of Jinnah’s personality is his wit and sharp mind. He was the most intelligent and way ahead of his colleagues and counterparts. His intelligence can be witnessed by various situations in which he pulled the Muslims out. For example when he gave his 14 points in reply to Nehru’s tactic when he appointed a dalit hindu in his cabinet and how can we hide his wit when he deciphered the hidden motive behind Simon’s commission and discarded it and saved Muslims from great danger.
I am going to end this article by mentioning Quaid’s sense of austerity.
He was appointed the first head of state of Pakistan, yet he chose to live a simple life and didn’t put any sort of pressure on the state treasury. He scolded his subordinate when he came to knew that Fatima Jinnah’s chair was sponsored by the state treasury.
May his soul rest in peace.
(Ali Hadi) Is a student of Media Studies at UMT and is currently a program anchor at ANN. You may contact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org