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Excerpt from the Presidential Address delivered by the Quaid-i-Azam

"It is extremely difficult to appreciate why our Hindu friends fail to understand the real nature of Islam and Hinduism. They are not religious in the strict sense of the word, but are, in fact, different and distinct social orders; and it is only a dream that the Hindus and Muslims can ever evolve a common nationality. This misconception of one Indian Nation has troubles and will lead India to destruction if we fail to revise our notions in time. The Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies, social customs, 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 aspect on life are different. It is quite clear that Hindus and Mussalmans 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 for the government of such a state.” (Presidential Address by the Quaid-i-Azam, Lahore March 22-23, 1940)


Source: Paksitan Visions, An International Journal of Pakistan Affair (Quaid-i-Azam Number), Vol. II, No. 1 & 2 January-july 2001, Lahore

9 comments

Anonymous said... @ October 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM

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SUFI said... @ December 9, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Our Quaid was a man of great values.
if he lived for 2 or more years alive then our country must have a good ruling mechanism.
May God Bless hi soul

Anonymous said... @ March 4, 2012 at 3:09 AM

Our Quaid was not as he was so that you could wish he could live for two more years...He was like the way he was ...So that you may also develope his traits in you..and You yourself should become like him!!

A Quaid in you may be waiting to be evoked!!

Anonymous said... @ August 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM

i always respect of quaid-e-azam. he is my ideal.he may be really sad in the present age of pakistan.

Anonymous said... @ September 2, 2013 at 10:33 AM

You have have to fight for your rights, I think Pakistan deserved more than what they got. Look at India and then Pakistan, has justice been made? (Considering Kashmir neither India's nor Pakistan's) Jinnah fought well but he should have fought harder than that.

Anonymous said... @ October 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Jinnah should have fought harder?! No one could have fought as hard as he did, in the words of Lord Mountbatten : if we had known that he would die so soon, we would have surely delayed the partition!
Or as another prominent personality of the time said that jinnah was to pakistan wat gandhi, nehru and maulana abdul kalam azad were fr india combined.
jinnah fought exceedingly well as fr his part. We, his successors didn't. Saying that he didn't fight hard enuf is asking too much from a man of seventy n suffering frm fragile health.
as a fact pakistan conquered one third of kashmir during the 1948 war, under the quaid when pakistan s finances n economy where in shambles. Hw much did v reclaim after that?

Jia said... @ February 4, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Jinnah would have been so sad to see the present-day Pakistan. How people are fighting among themselves and forgetting that they once stood united and fought hard for this nation.......its sad indeed

muddasir hussain said... @ April 28, 2014 at 11:14 AM

we always respect because he is founder of pakistan

Anonymous said... @ August 8, 2015 at 10:45 AM

Jinnah was right.. mussalmans can never be able to live with other communities...

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