Jinnah and Tilak: Comrades in the Freedom Struggle

Hardcover | July 1, 2010

byA. G. Noorani

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The distinguished Indian lawyer and writer, A. G. Noorani, urges his readers in this incisively argued book to look again at some of the key events and personalities in the struggle against British colonial rule in India. He begins with 'the forgotten comradeship' between Quaid-i-Azam MohammadAli Jinnah and Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Whatever their other differences, both felt passionately about the cause of Indian freedom. Jinnah defended Tilak in his trial in 1916 on sedition charges, and ultimately secured his acquittal. The full text of the legal proceedings, including Jinnah'spowerful speeches for the defence, are included as an appendix. After Tilak's death in 1920, Jinnah continued to work closely with political leaders of all persuasions and was regarded by the British as one of their most formidable opponents. Noorani argues that only in 1937, following the conflictover the formation of the provincial ministry in the United Provinces, did Jinnah abandon his hopes of working jointly with Congress to achieve independence. Noorani is firmly of the view that Jinnah wanted a loose confederation in which the rights of the Muslim population were fully guaranteed rather than the separate state of Pakistan as it eventually emerged in 1947. He discusses Jinnah's tactics during the crucial months in 1946 when the CabinetMission Plan was on the table, and argues that the Plan offered a viable possibility of avoiding Partition. In his opinion, the blame for its failure rests squarely with Congress and with Gandhi in particular, although trust and imagination were in short supply on all sides. The book includes threeadditional essays by the author, on respectively why the Suhrawardy-Bose plan for a united Bengal failed, the failure to provide effective safeguards for minorities in the partition scheme, and the Haroon report of 1940, together with the text of some key documents.

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The distinguished Indian lawyer and writer, A. G. Noorani, urges his readers in this incisively argued book to look again at some of the key events and personalities in the struggle against British colonial rule in India. He begins with 'the forgotten comradeship' between Quaid-i-Azam MohammadAli Jinnah and Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak...

A.G. Noorani, is an advocate, Supreme Court of India and a leading Constitutional expert. His columns appear in Hindustan Times, Frontline, Economic and Political Weekly and Dainik Bhaskar.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:July 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. A Forgotten Comradeship2. After Tilak: Jinnah and Gandhi's Congress3. The Widening Divide4. Wrecking India's Unity5. The Gandhi-Cripps Pact6. Demise of the Cabinet Mission's Plan7. An Embittered Separation8. The United Bengal Episode9. Assessing JinnahAppendices1. Jinnah's Defence of Tilak: The Court Proceedings2. Jinnah's Battles for Press Freedom3. The Lucknow Pact, 19164. Jinnah's 14 Points, 19295. Jinnah-Rajendra Prasad Pact, 19346. The Lahore Resolution, 19407. Stafford Cripps' Offer 19428. The C.R. Formula 19449. Jinnah's Offer of 12 May 194610. The Congress' offer of 12 May 194611. The Cabinet Mission's Plan of 16 May 194612. The Muslim League Working Committee's Resolution on 31 January 1947 at Karachi13. The Partition Plan of 3 June 194714. Jinnah's Speech to Pakistan's Constituent Assembly on 11 August 194715. Sir Chimanlal Setalvad's article entitled 'India Divided: Who is to blame for Partition?' The Times of India; 15 June 194716. Maulana Hasrat Mohani's poem on TilakAnd (a) Urdu Original (b) English Translation17. Jinnah and the Muslims of India18. The Haroon Report