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.

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

  1. Bushra says:

    Very nice pictures. Jinnah the man was even more impressive and more real for people to relate to.

  2. Ahsan Fawad says:

    I agree, the more true side of Mr. Jinnah was nothing like the ones displayed on the T.V.

    He sure was a true gentleman with the ability bestowed to him to lead the Nation!

    A loving husband, a caring father, a strong leader and the Quaid of Our Nation, we salute you today for all what yu gave us for us yesterday. We will not let your visions and hopes drain out until the last breath, the last drop of our very own blood!

    Quaid-e-Azam Zindabaad! Pakistan Zindabad!

  3. Ali Khan says:

    Mr Jinnah pays tribute to Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement work

    Afterwards, when the guests were talking among themselves, Mr. Jinnah took the
    Maulana to one side and was discussing this topic with him. I was also standing there, listening. Mr. Jinnah praised the work of the Anjuman and expressed regret at the opposition of the prejudiced among the Muslims. The conversation was in
    English and one sentence, reflecting Mr. Jinnah’s informality with the Maulana, still resounds in my ears. In connection with the relations of the general Muslim community with the Ahmadiyya Jama‘at Mr. Jinnah said: Look here, Muhammad Ali! You should
    also be tactful. Don’t be aggressive in your preachings.
    Much later, when the Quaid-i Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had taken up the leadership
    of the Muslims of India in their demand for Pakistan, he came to a tea party at the Maulana’s invitation at his residence in Muslim Town. The Maulana had also invited members of the Anjuman. The Quaid-i Azam made a short speech in which he said:
    Your Anjuman is doing very fine work. I receive your paper, The Light. I am a politician and read this paper for political articles, but along with that I also read religious articles. I keep a file of this paper.
    He also said that he received letters from other countries containing enquiries about Islam:
    Foreigners think that as I am a leader of Muslims they can write to me seeking information about Islam. I pass those letters on to your Anjuman for appropriate

    Reference: The Light UK editio. August 2007.
    www dot aaiil dot org

  4. ShahidnUSA says:

    I want a huge metal statue of Quaide- Azam, Fatima Jinnah and Madam Noor Jehan right in front of the Karachi Airport NOW!!

  5. bin says:

    well it seems fools will always try to put down Jinnah

    I was once watching an interview of pir pagarh on geo TV “aik din GEO kay sath” and the compare asked this pir sahib what does he think about Jinnah and he said “maira baap ka mulazim tha so us kay baray mai kya kahoon” (trans: He was my father’s employee, so what can i say about him”….when the compare asked him how so, this moron pir said that because he was his father’s lawyer (can u imagine that by hiring a professional services of lawyer they become your “baap kay mulazim”….the this pir said “well Jinnah ki zaroorat thi Pakistan banay mai, is liya us ko istamaal kiya gaya”….by that he meant that well he was used as pawn and he was nothing more…i was so enraged that how could he come on TV and insult our Jinnah, it was an insult to the whole nation. I hated his guts. Its a shame that people of such narrow mentality are our political leaders.

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