Tamil Speech by S.V.Ramani.
In 1946 Jawaharlal Nehru was asked to form an interim Government by British rulers. At that time Jawaharlal Nehru issued a Statement to the press that India was “going to run by Indians, for the benefit of Indians, whatever the religion or creed they may belong to and in whatever province or part of India they live.” When the Congress party formed the interim Government, Jinnah who had refused to join hands with it.
In protest against the formation of an interim Government by Jawaharlal Nehru, the Muslim league called for “Direct Action” to achieve Pakistan. Addressing the Muslim league council in Bombay on 29th july1946, Jinnah threw all his pseudo-constitutional methods to the winds and proclaimed “This day we bid good-bye to the constitutional methods.”
On August 16th 1946,which the Muslim league celebrated as “Direct Action Day”, there was on appalling outbreak of rioting in Calcutta, lasting several days, and according to official estimates about 5000persons were killed and 15,000 injured. For four days Calcutta accordingly witnessed scenes of hoologanism and vulgarity which should have sobered Jinnah. Jaswant may aware of all these this happenings
Apparently the dream of Homeland for Muslims had little faith in their political liberty. As the First Governor-General of Pakistan, Jinnah assumed powers under the 9th schedule rather than part II of the 1935 Act, “Which gave him at once dictatorial powers unknown to any constitutional Governor-General representing the King.” The only freedom which politicians enjoyed in the Jinnah’s Pakistan was the freedom to malign India, and to nurse and propagate the illusion of an India determined to destroy Pakistan. The same propaganda is now continued in Pakistan.
In Pakistan which rose out of sea of blood, all absolute power was concentrated in the hands of one individual. Such was the structure of Jinnah’s thought and actions which laid the foundation of Pakistan and inevitably, furnished the Blue print for Pakistan policy towards India and its relations with other countries. At the root of his thinking lay the assumption that there was nothing in common between Hindus and Muslims. If such a view were accepted, the gulf between India and Pakistan could never be bridged.
On his Seventeenth birth day Jinnah said, “Both Hindus and Muslims in India were slave under the heel of British rulers. His party is fighting the British and not the Hindus. We have to get freedom and establish Pakistan from the British and not from Hindus.” This exactly what Gandhi also told.
Let Jaswant praise Jinnah, but the gulf between the Muslims and Hindus must be bridged.