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|Aligarh: Noted historian Professor V.N. Dutta of Kurukshetra University said that the great Urdu Poet, Dr. Mohammad Iqbal was opposed to territorial nationalism. He wanted Muslims to be free from the geographical limits inspired by the British Government and he emphasized the necessity of a separate Muslim cultural identity.
Professor Dutta was delivering the second Professor Ather Ali Memorial Lecture on “Iqbal, Jinnah and the Partition of India” at Aligarh Muslim University. Prof. Dutta said that Iqbal gave a blue print for the solution of the Hindu-Muslim question. Iqbal did not contemplate a separate Muslim state but a North-West Muslim region within a loose Indian Federation comprising the Muslim-majority provinces but excluding Indian States, with full residuary powers by transferring such powers to the Centre as it deemed fit.
Prof. Dutta said that Iqbal advisied Jinnah to rebut Jawaharlal Nehru’s ‘aesthetic socialism’ on the ground that the Muslim problem was not economic, but cultural. As a visionary Iqbal crowed the dawn of Pakistan of which Jinnah became an accessory by his tactical skills as a first class politician. Iqbal would thus go down in history as a herald of Pakistan and a political mentor of Mohammad Ali Jinnah. q
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