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Video: The Pakistan Resolution - A milestone towards Pakistan

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Quaid-e-Azam turned a dream into a reality

ON March 23, 1940, the Muslims of the sub-continent resolved to create a separate homeland, Pakistan. The decision was neither taken in haste nor precipitated by a sudden, dramatic turn of events. Hindus and Muslims had lived in India for centuries but had remained two distinctly different cultural entities presenting marked dissimilarities that neither time nor assimilation could erase; they were like two streams running a parallel course. So manifest and so profound were the differences that the London Times, commenting on the Government of India Act of 1935, had to ungrudgingly concede: “Undoubtedly the difference between the Hindus and Muslims is not of religion in the strict sense of the word but also of laws and culture, that they may be said indeed to represent two entirely distinct and separate civilizations.” This incontrovertible realization found a more convincing elucidation in the words of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah: “Notwithstanding thousand years of close conta

Quaid-e-Azam arriving for the adoption of the Pakistan Resolution - 1940

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Quaid-e-Azam acknowledging the crowd -1940

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Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Lahore, 1940

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Quaid-e-Azam M.A. Jinnah at Mian Bashir Ahmed's residence, Lahore 1940

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Quaid-e-Azam in Peshawar, 1940

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Rajgopalacharya has no mind

C Rajgopalacharya with the Quaid-e-Azam In the course of his statement on the Pakistan Resolution Mr. Rajgopalacharya said “Indeed not even Tipu Sultan or Hyder Ali or Aurangzeb or Akbar, all of whom lived during the days when difference seemed more deep rooted than now, imagined that India was anything but one and indivisible.” On his Quaid-i-Azam observed: “Yes, naturally they did so as conquerors and paternal rulers. Is this the kind of government Mr. Rajagopalachrya does still envisage? And did the Hindus of those days willingly accept the rule of these ‘great men?’ I may or may not be suffering from a diseased mentality, but the statement of Mr. Rajagopalcharya and his criticism of the Lahore Resolution indicate that in him there is no mind left at all.”

Timeline of Quaid-e-Azam

Quaid-e-Azam through the years December 25, 1876   Born at Karachi 1882   Education started at home 1887   Admitted to Sind Madrasatul Islam, Karachi 1892   Married Emibai at the age of 16    Left Karachi for Europe 1893   Joined Lincoln's Inn    Emibai died at home 1895   Became Bar-at-Law    Mother died at Karachi 1896   Returned to Karachi from London    Migrated to Bombay 1897   Enrolled as Advocate in Bombay High Court 1900   Appointed Presidency Magistrate, Bombay 1906   Appointed Personal Secretary to Dadabhoy Naoroji 1909   Father died    Elected to the Supreme Imperial Council uncontested 1910   Elected to the Legislative Assembly, Bombay 1911   Piloted Waqf Alal Aulad Bill -- the only private member

The Pakistan Resolution (1940)

Jinnah's Lahore address lowered the final curtain on any prospects for a single united independent India. Those who understood him enough know that once his mind was made up he never reverted to any earlier position realized how momentous a pronouncement their Quaid-i-Azam had just made. The rest of the world would take at least seven years to appreciate that he literally meant every word that he had uttered that important afternoon in March. There was no turning back. The ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity had totally transformed himself into Pakistan's great leader. All that remained was for his party first, then his inchoate nation, and then his British allies to agree to the formula he had resolved upon. As for Gandhi, Nehru, Azad and the rest, they were advocates of a neighbor state and would be dealt with according to classic canons of diplomacy. - Stanley Wolpert, Jinnah of Pakistan. The British had been compelled to recognize the Muslim League as the sole representative