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Road to Pakistan : the life and times of Mohammad Ali Jinnah /
B.R. Nanda.
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New Delhi : Routledge, c2010.
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[vii], 373 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
9780415483209
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imprint
New Delhi : Routledge, c2010.
isbn
9780415483209
catalogue key
8433180
 
Includes bibliographical references ( p. [351]-360) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
B. R. Nanda is a renowned author and historian.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-03-01:
B. (Bal) R. (Ram) Nanda was born in 1917 and died in May 2010 at the age of 93. Between 1958 with his first book on Mahatma Gandhi and 2010 with this biography of Jinnah, he edited or wrote more than 30 books. He is most noted for his several books on Gandhi and his books on the Nehru family, especially Jawarharlal Nehru (CH, May'96, 33-5254). For 14 years, he served as the director of the renowned Nehru Memorial Museum & Library. This biography is a standard account of Jinnah's politics and the high politics of the independence movement, and largely focuses on Indian and British leaders and their policies and interactions. It can serve as a traditional Indian view of Jinnah. For more insightful studies, the standard remains Stanley Wolpert's Jinnah of Pakistan (CH, Oct'84) and Sikandar Hayat's more recent and highly recommended The Charismatic Leader: Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the Creation of Pakistan (2008). Nanda concludes his description of Jinnah's zigzag political career with the comment that his achievement of Pakistan was "remarkable." The same can be said for Nanda's own contribution to the writing of history! Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. R. D. Long Eastern Michigan University
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Summaries
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This is a biography of Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the story of the creation of Pakistan. At a time of much interest and concern about Pakistan in the international community, this volume provides a historical context which helps in an understanding of the present.
Main Description
This book looks at the life of M A Jinnah from a fresh perspective, revisiting the story of the partiotion of the subcontinent from the point-of-view of this much-maligned personality in modern history.
Main Description
This is a biography of Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the story of the creation of Pakistan. At a time of much interest and concern about Pakistan in the international community, this volume provides a historical context which helps in an understanding of the present. It traces the development of the Muslim identity on the Indian subcontinent and follows Jinnah as he rode the wave of Muslim communalism to ultimate success in the demand for the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan at independence from British rule.
Main Description
This is a biography of Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the story of the creation of Pakistan. At a time of much interest and concern about Pakistan in the international community, this volume provides a historical context which helps in an understanding of the present. It traces the development of the Muslim identity on the Indian subcontinent and follows Jinnah as he rode the wave of Muslim communalism to ultimate success in the demand for the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan at independence from British rule. Jinnah's successful espousal of the demand for Pakistan was a remarkable feat. In achieving this success, Jinnah traversed a long distance from the beliefs with which he entered public life. He started out a nationalist, as a protégé of senior Congress leaders like Dadabhai Naoroji. However, the introduction of separate electorates for Muslims after the MintoMorley reforms in 1909 led him to change his position in order to appeal to his changed constituency. Even so, it was not until 1937 that he unabashedly played the religious card. He now began to see the Congress and the Hindus as his adversaries rather than the British. Through these twists and turns of posture, the one constant factor was his underlying ambition to remain in a position of leadership and eminence. This volume traces the zigzag course of Jinnah's political life and the establishment of Pakistan within the broader framework of the Indian freedom struggle. Indeed the main players in this struggle with three protagonists were the Indian National Congress and the British rulers. This work demonstrates how this bigger struggle opened the door for Muslim separatism led by Jinnah. It was through this opening, aided by British moves to use the Muslim League as a foil to the Congress, that Jinnah very astutely led his party to success in its demand for the creation of Pakistan.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
The Early Yearsp. 1
Politics Callingp. 11
The Rising Starp. 26
The Making of a Muslim Gokhalep. 38
The Advent of Gandhip. 48
Eclipsedp. 62
Down But Not Outp. 73
In the Council Chamberp. 83
The Communal Tanglep. 94
On Centre-Stagep. 100
Dead Endp. 108
Leader in Search of a Rolep. 124
First Round Table Conferencep. 135
Second Round Table Conferencep. 147
Self-Exilep. 158
The Raj at Bayp. 167
Image of a Nationalistp. 176
Electoral Arenap. 191
The Moment of Truthp. 201
On the Offensivep. 212
The Congress Responsep. 219
British Responsep. 234
Inching Towards Partitionp. 253
Declaration of Warp. 263
The Die is Castp. 277
Phantom to Realityp. 294
Towards Transfer of Powerp. 313
Post Partitionp. 325
Epiloguep. 329
Notesp. 334
Select Bibliographyp. 351
About the Authorp. 361
Indexp. 363
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