Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and M. A. Jinnah

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan (1817-1898)

A Muslim reformer, an educationist, scholar “India is our homeland and we settled down here like the earlier immigrants. Thus India is�the home of both of us (the Hindus and the Muslims). We both breathe the air of India and take the water of the holy Ganga and the Jamuna.�We both consume the products of the Indian soil. We are living and dying together. By living so long in India, the blood of both have changed. The�colour of both have become similar. The faces of both, having changed, have become similar. The Hindus have acquired hundreds of things from the�Mussulmans. We mixed with each other so much that we produced a new language-Urdu, which was neither ours language nor theirs.”

M.A. Jinnah (1876-1948)

A Gujarati Shia by birth and an advocate by profession; one time close to Dadabhai Naoroji, a Congress man initially had joined�the Muslim League; wanted to be a Muslim Gokhale; the author of the two-nation theory and the architect of Pakistan. “The�Hindus and the Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies, social customs and literatures. They neither intermarry nor interdine together�and, indeed, they belong to two different civilizations which are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions. Their aspects on life and of life are�different. It is quite clear that the Hindus and Musalmans derive their inspiration from different sources of history. They have different epics, different�heroes, and different episodes. Very often the hero of one is a foe of the other and, likewise, their victories and defeats overlap. To yoke together two such�nations under a single state, one as a numerical minority and the other as a majority, must lead to growing discontent and final destruction of any�fabric that may be so built up for the government of such a state….”

“Musalmans [in India] are not a minority as it is commonly known and understood….. Musalmans are a nation according to any definition of a�nation, and they must have their homelands, their territory and their state. We wish to live in peace and harmony with our neighbours as a free and�independent people.”

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