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Allama Iqbal & Two nation theory

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This month was birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal (9 November 1877 – 21 April 1938).  Below is what Prof. Rasheeduddin Khan (among the founders of Jawaharlal Nehru University) writes in his book 'Bewildered India - Identity, Pluralism, Discord', 1994:


'Much against the commonly-held misconception, he was neither a protagonist of Pakistan (he died in 1938, much before the Muslim League resolution of 1940) nor a supporter of the two-nation theory.

To the British historian Edward Thompson, he wrote: "You call me protagonist of the scheme called 'Pakistan'. But Pakistan is not my scheme... according to my scheme (north-west India, as a new province) will be a part of the proposed Indian federation".

Dr. Tara Chand confirms this in the official history of the Freedom Movement, when he categorically states that Iqbal's "was certainly not a scheme for the partition of India into two independent sovereign states. It was only a plan for the redistribution of territories. There is no reference to the two-nation theory and definitely not to the incompatibility of the Hindu-Muslim cultures".

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2016 on page no. 22

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