Was Jinnah a British stooge?

By Sunil Kumar

The British Empire and its most ardent defendant Churchill definitely hated Gandhi and the Congress; as it posed to the biggest threat to their existence. A lot has been written on the Bengal famine(1943) caused by the imperialist and his infamous remark on “breeding like rabbits”.

Even if we accept the entirely self-serving and genocidal British perspective that “divide and rule” is a canard invented by those insidious Indians; it is backed up by too many real-life facts and incidents. No brutal colonizer(especially the British Empire) was unlikely to give up the “jewel in the crown” so easily.

Jinnah was definitely appealing to Churchill due to his westernized ways rather than the sage-like Gandhi whose non-violence and other quirks would be antithetical to a blood-thirsty savage who hated Hinduism; and the then largely nationalist and a “perceived” Hindu Congress.

Many British historians have themselves detailed Churchill’s repeated correspondence with Jinnah; urging the India Office and Viceroy to prop up Jinnah as a counterbalance to what he perceived as a Hindu-dominated Congress.

In the 1930s; angry at the importance given to Gandhi and his diminished role in the Congress; Jinnah in the mid-1930s left India and settled down in London. In fact; he had given up on his political career until it was given a new lease of life by Muslim League zealots and the British empire.

Source: “Secular” Wire

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Jinnah’s grandfather, Poonja Gokuldas Meghji, was a Gujarati Hindu from the coastal town of Veraval who converted to Islam due to his fish business which contrasted with the strict vegetarian ethics of his community; the Lohanas. Jinnah’s upbringing; easy acceptance of Western ways was in fact due to his being a recent convert and law-school education in the London Inns.

He was already famous and established in India before Gandhi came in and upstaged the applecart; leaving him with a shaky political future. Jinnah was the original proponent of the “suit-boot” sarkaar; as dealing with the unwashed masses was antithetical to his political style. To his credit; Jinnah defended many Indian freedom fighters in trials against the Empire including Tilak and Bhagat Singh.

In fact Gopal Krishna Gokhale and Sarojini Naidu had once called him the ambassador of “Hindu-Muslim” unity .According to the article mentioned above; as a talented young man in London, Jinnah had had many dreams. One of them, it has been said, was a career in theatre to play the role of Shakespeare’s romantic hero Romeo at the Old Vic.

Gradually in the late 1930s; Jinnah became more conservative in his choices and started embracing the religion he was born in apart from a deeper association with the Muslim League. According to a few accounts I’ve read about Churchill in some British historian’s books; he maintained friendships with many Muslim League leaders and visited Jinnah during his stay in London.

Even though he was an ardent Victorian imperialist; Churchill’s family members feared his eccentricities; fascination with Islam to which he may have even considered converting. This was nothing unusual; as more than a few British aristocrats had done so in the early half of the 20th century.

Writing in Harijan of June 8, 1940, Gandhi said, ‘Jinnah himself was a great Congressman. It was only after the non-cooperation that he, like many other Congressmen belonging to several communities, left. Their defection was purely political.’ The non-cooperation movements was the first of many mass-based movements that Jinnah; an old-world Congressman did not feel comfortable with; and was one of the primary stepping-stones in Gandhi’s epic journey; brutal partition and the independence and re-birth of a nation.

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The Partition bloodbath; the Cold War; the creation of Pakistan and other global follies ranging from Vietnam to Iraq are definitely a result of Western handiwork and should not be attributed to local angst alone(which definitely exists).

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As to being a British stooge; Jinnah was more disappointed at his reduced relevance in the Indian political scene; and he would have certainly been amenable if the Empire would assist him against a more popular and entrenched force in the Indian subcontinent(the pre-independence Congress party). Although; he certainly has a huge role in the Hindu and Sikh genocide during partition. A complex character; his motivations are and will remain the subject of speculation.

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