condolence on the death of Gandhi
and Jinnah remained proverbial antagonists from nearly three decades,
and it was Jinnah's differences of principles with Gandhi in 1920
that put Jinnah on the path that eventually led to Pakistan. Gandhi
was opposed to the idea of partition (and Pakistan) right to the
end, but played a major role in containg the violence in West Bengal
in 1947, supported Pakistan's claim to immediate release of its
cash endowments from the Indian reserve bank and, shortly before
his death, declared his resolve to live in Pakistan in order to
forge good relations between the two countries. He became increasingly
unpopular with the Hindu extremist groups and was assassinated by
a member of RSSS on January 30, 1948. His death was officially mourned
even in Pakistan (all Government offices remainec closed on January
31, 1948). Jinnah's condolence message is untypically charged with
emotions but carefully worded.
- Address to the Constituent
- Address to the nation,
August 15, 1947
- Reply to the American
Jinnah's condolence message on the death of Gandhi
January 30, 1948
I am shocked to learn of the most dastardly
attack on the life of Mr. Gandhi, resulting in his death. There
can be no controversy in the face of death.
Whatever our political differences, he was one of
the greatest men produced by the Hindu community, and a leader who
commanded their universal confidence and respect.
I wish to express my deep sorrow, and sincerely sympathize
with the great Hindu community and his family in their bereavement
at this momentous, historical and critical juncture so soon after
the birth of freedom and freedom for Hindustan and Pakistan.
The loss to the Dominion of India is irreparable,
and it will be very difficult to fill the vaccum created by the
passing away of such a great man at this moment."
Soucre: Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali
Jinnah, Speeches and Statements as Governor General of Pakistan 1947
- 48. Published (1989) by Government of Pakistan, Ministry of
Information & Broadcasting, Directorate of Films & Publications,
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