November 13, 2014

How Jinnah Fabricated The Lie Of Two Nation Theory - MJ Akbar

"Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan" By M.J. Akbar (2012). 

This is a video about the history of the founding of Pakistan in 1947 by Indian journalist and author M. J. Akbar. This excerpt is from a larger talk called, "Tinderbox: India and Its Neighbours" that M. J. Akbar gave at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia on July 12, 2012.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah (25 December 1876 – 11 September 1948) was a lawyer, politician, and the founder of Pakistan. Jinnah served as leader of the All-India Muslim League from 1913 until Pakistan's independence on 14 August 1947, and as Pakistan's first Governor-General from independence until his death. He is revered in Pakistan as Quaid-i-Azam (Great Leader) and Baba-i-Qaum (Father of the Nation). His birthday is observed as a national holiday. 
Mobashar Jawed "M.J." Akbar (11 January 1951) is a leading Indian journalist and author and national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janta Party. He was the Editorial Director of India Today, India's leading weekly English news magazine published by the Living Media group till his resignation in October 2012. He also had an additional responsibility of overseeing the media conglomerate's English news channel, Headlines Today.
"What makes a foreign country foreign? The easy answer is distance. But I don't think that's a complete answer. In all honesty, today's India is actually closer to North America, America and Canada, than it is to Pakistan. . . We've become so completely distant from Pakistan.

All of us have met Pakistanis and all of us have met Indians, and you come to this extraordinary, startling conclusion, that there is no difference between Indians and Pakistanis. And there isn't. We are the same people. So why over six decades have the two nations diverged along such different paths? . . .Why does India seem as if it is evolving towards a horizon, and why does Pakistan seem as if it is sinking into a stagnant swamp? The reason lies not in the character of the Indians and the Pakistanis. The reason is, and this is one of the themes of my book, that the idea of India is stronger than the Indian, and the idea of Pakistan is weaker than the Pakistani. . . What is the idea of Pakistan? Pakistan was created around a notion which has absolutely no relevance and no past. It was built around an idea that religion could be sufficient as the basis for nationalism." - M.J. Akbar.

Video Title: How Jinnah Fabricated The Lie Of Two Nation Theory - MJ Akbar. Source: DLX Area 1. Date Published: June 27, 2013.