Remembering “Plain Mr. Jinnah”

Posted on December 25, 2009
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There picture are not of very high quality, but I am very fond of them because they depict a very different side of Mohammad Ali Jinnah from the one that our official discourse allows us to see. Today, on Mr. Jinnah’s 133rd birthday, I suspect that the Quaid-i-Azam – who always preferred to be “Plain Mr. Jinnah” would have fondly welcomed these photographs rather than the rather stern ones that have been flashing on our television screens all day.

These pictures depict a side of “Plain Mr. Jinnah” that we have often ignored, and sometimes purposely tried to hide.

It is a more human side. A less camouflaged side. A side that depicts a ‘normal’ person–flaws and all–rather than a ‘perfect leader.’

It is a side that, in fact, makes Mr. Jinnah more complete than our official depictions would have him be. Without this side, he cannot be complete or be completely understood.

The picture on the top-left was taken in Bombay with his daughter Dina and his dogs; top-right is taken on a vacation in Kashmir (I believe), with Dina and Begum Liaquat Ali Khan; the third and fourth pictures may well be from the same vacation in Kashmir.

41 responses to “Remembering “Plain Mr. Jinnah””

  1. samir sardana says:

    The Kashmir Genocide

    The Hindoo Military and Para Military regularly rape and kill Kashmiri women.In fact the Hindoos are known to cut off teh breasts and tear out the ovaries of the Kashmiri women so that they cannot feed their kids !

    Even the Nazis did not do this ! They just gassed the hapless Jews !

    People talk of ISIS and the Yazidis ! But that is nothing !


    What will the Hindoos do the Kashmiri women ?

    The Rapes of Krishna

    · Linga Purana section 1.69.82 “The excessively strong one, of unequalled exploit, Krsna took up sixteen thousand one hundred girls for his own pleasure.”

    · Srimad Bhagavatam 10.58.58 Lord Krishna “also acquired thousands of other wives”, equal to these when He killed Bhaumasura and freed the beautiful maidens the demon was holding captive.”

    · Srimad Bhagavatam 10.58.31 My dear King, Lord Krishna”forcibly took away” Princess Mitravin da, the daughter of His aunt Rajadhidevi, before the eyes of the rival kings.

    Forcing women of enemy soldiers to become prostitutes

    · Matsya Purana 71.26-30 ”Once upon a time thousands and thousands of the demons (Danavas, Asuras, Daityas and Raksasas) were killed in the war between the Devas and the demons.

    o Indra told their “numberless widows and those women” who were “forcibly seized and enjoyed”, to “lead the life of prostitutes” and remain devoted to the kings and the Devas.

    o Indra continued, You should look upon, with equal eye, the kings your masters and on Sudra. All of you will attain prosperity, according to your fate. “You should satisfy those who would come to you with adequate sum of money”, to enjoy your company, even if they be poor.

    Sex Slaves

    · Matsya Purana 71.44-45 ”That Brahmana should be well fed and be devoutly looked upon as cupid,for the sake of sexual enjoyment. Each and every desire of that Brahmana should be satisfied by the woman devotee. She should, with all heart and soul and with a smile on her face, yield herself up to him.”

    · Mahabharata 1.102 ”Bhishma cut off, with his arrows, on the field of battle, bows, and flagstaffs, and coats of mail, and human heads by hundreds and thousands…Then that foremost of all wielders of weapons having vanquished in battle all those monarchs, pursued his way towards the capital of the Bharatas, taking those maidens with him.”

    · Mahabharata 13.44 says that bridegroom may forcibly take away the girl he likes to “marry even after killing or beheading the girl’s kinsmen” and Manu Smriti 3.33 says that sometimes the girl forcibly taken away may cry and weep and this is permitted in Mahabharata 1.73.

    · Narada Smriti 12.78 Intercourse is permitted with a wanton woman, who belongs to another than the Brahman caste, or a prostitute, or a female slave, or a female not restrained by her master (nishakasini), if these women belong to a lower caste than oneself; “but with a woman of superior caste, intercourse is prohibited”

    · Agni Purana 211.37-43 ”…By making the “gift of a female slave” to one of the foremost of the Brahmanas, a man becomes an inmate of the region of the Apasaras (nymphs)…”

    · Agni Purana 223.23-29 ”…Duties payable on “importing female slaves” into the country should be determined with a due regard to the country imported from and the time of the import.

    · Mahabharata 4.72 …And Krishna gave unto each of the illustrious sons of Pandu “numerous female slaves”, and gems and robes…

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