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Ambassador of Hindu-Muslim Unity
Ambassador of Hindu-Muslim Unity

Ambassador of Hindu-Muslim Unity

by Ian Bryant Wells

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Language

English

Publisher

Permanent Black

ISBN

8178241056 - Year: 2005 - Pages: 269

Binding

Hardcover

Ian Bryant Wells

Author: Ian Bryant Wells
Publisher: Permanent Black
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 269
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8178241056

Description

This book analyses the development of Jinnah’s relationship with India’s Muslims from his entry into politics until 1934. It seeks to establish that a dominant view of Jinnah-namely that he was an ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity in the 1920s who became a communalist in the 1940s-is far from the truth.

Ian Wells shows that the two Jinnahs approach oversimplifies the trajectory of a complex and evolving political thinker and strategist. The primary changes in Jinnah’s politics, he suggests, were the strategies Jinnah employed to achieve his goals rather than the goals themselves.

Among the facets of Jinnah’s political thought and career analyses here are various other settled perspectives on Jinnah-his elitism and distance from mass politics; the effect on his work of an intellectual genealogy from the Liberalism of Morley on the one hand and the constitutionalism of Gokhale on the other; his view of secularism, religion and the religious community; his relations with Gandhi, Motilal and Jawaharlal Nehru, Willingdon, Ramsay MacDonald and Irwin; his attitude to the Rowlatt Act, the Khilafat Movement, and non-cooperation; and his complex, troubled relations with other nationalist Muslim leaders.

This book will interest all historians of modern India and nationalist politics, as well as those who find Jinnah an intriguing and fascinating contrast to Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION: THE IMPACT OF PARTITION ON THE STURY OF JINNAH

GOKHALE’S HEIR
Morley, Liberalism and Jinnah
Jinnah, Congress and the Muslim League
Representing Muslim Interests

AMBASSADOR OF UNITY
Reforming the Council of India
Laying the Foundation for Unity
The Lucknow Pact

JINNAH AND WILLINGDON
The Home rule Leagues
Jinnah the Extremist
The legislative Council

DEFEAT BY GANDHI
The Rowlatt Act
Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms
Jallianwalla Bagh and the rise of Mass Protest
Jinnah’s Fall from Grace

THE BACKROOMS OF POLITICS
Jinnah and the Khilafat
Negotiating to end Non-cooperation
Drifting Towards the Muslim League

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
Return to constitutional Politics
Reviving Hindu-Muslim Unity
Leading the Legislature

THE JINNAH LEAGUE
The Delhi Proposals
Temporary Unity: Opposition to the Simon Commission
The End of Unity: Rejecting the Nehru Report

THE FOURTEEN POINTS OF MR JINNAH
Unifying the Muslim Community
Negotiating with Gandhi
Differing Agenda: Jinnah and Irwin

EXILE IN LONDON
The Round Table Conference
Hindu-Muslim Disunity
Rethinking Political Directions

CONCLUSION: JINNAH IN PERSPECTIVE

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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