59 years and 3 days ago

Jinnah’s Aug 11 address to the Constituent Assembly in 1947 resonates even today: law and order; bribery and corruption; black marketing; nepotism and jobbery.

My favourite bits:

‘If you change your past and work together in a spirit that everyone of you, no matter to what community he belongs, no matter what relations he had with you in the past, no matter what is his color, caste or creed, is first, second and last a citizen of this State with equal rights, privileges and obligations, there will be no end to the progress you will make.

‘You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of the State.

‘Now, I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.’

Today we’ll be overwhelmed by uniforms, beards and sundry politicians desecrating the memory of the only true leader this country has had to date. With no one of Jinnah’s calibre or stature on the horizon, we’re probably better off reading Jinnah’s speech again.

10 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 8:26 am

    Excellent work CY.

  2. yo yo (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 8:33 am

    Cy…I lost my friend Taimoor Islam in Houston Texas Aug 9. Young energetic guy from Pakistan. The reason run over by a drunk truck driver.

    Good to see we have restrictions on alcohol in Pakistan. May Allah forgive him and us. Let us vow to fight against this social evil in Pakistan on this day.

    The news coverage is below. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/4109690.html

  3. Cy (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 8:37 am

    Yo Yo: I’m sorry to hear of your friend’s death. This isn’t the time or place to respond to your point.

  4. Mariam (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 9:13 am


    Indeed very true. Each and every speech by Jinnah is a master piece. Only Jinnah lived few more years we could have a different nation.

    Yo Yo,

    I’m very saddened by this incidence.

  5. SWA (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 9:20 am

    If only we could mold Pakistan according to all the words of his speech… we would have made a mark on this planet by now.

    Happy 14th of August for everybody! Another day to vow that we must strive towards this ideal.

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 1:57 pm

    YoYO:i feel sorry for the lost of a *generation*.

    Miriam,Jinnah is still between us(in form of currency whcih we use as bribe) ;)

  7. bublee (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

    Jashan-e-azadi mubarak ho aap sub ko! Note the second para of the extracts from Jinnah’s unforgettable speech… lets hope the next generation pays regard to that in the future :)

  8. verysmart (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 4:25 pm

    good post mate…loved every bit of it. I wonder how we lost all the motives of our Great Leader for this nation, by replacing the MUSLIM REPUBLIC with the word ISLAMIC REPUBLIC in the DASTOORSAZ ASSEMBLY of 1953.

    YOYO.. Truly sorry for your loss. I support your notion of having a ban on alcohol.

    Adnan.. Yaar plz.. not today, atleast for this one day we can curb our sarcasism.

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 6:24 pm

    my verysmart friend,how do i seal my lips when i watch news about a bomb blast on today(the 14th August) ;/

  10. Erum (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 12:22 pm

    Yo Yo – Your friend was a relative of mine. His family had already lost alot of members.. May Allah gives them a heart to cope up with another loss and rests Taimoor’s soul in peace. (Ameen)

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