Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his contribution on
Pakistan’s and India’s partition in 1947
Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born on 25
of December 1876 and
died on 11
of September 1948. He studied at Lincoln’s Inn in London, England. Jinnah was a Lawyer and a Politician. In particular it will focus on what motivated Jinnah to create a different country from India. I believe this topic is of historical importance because it was the time for India getting rid of the British Rule and Jinnah forming a new country altogether for Muslims and the Partition of India – Pakistan.
I hope to gain a good understanding of this historical event because since I am from Pakistan and do not know much about my Country’s History, I want to expand my knowledge on this particular event. I also want to find out how the Hindus and Muslims dealt with a huge partition of their Countries. I also hope to know how life was like at that time for the people living there. Finally I intend to improve my historical research skills because I hope to become a better history student.
The main sources I will use are as follows
Mr. Jinnah: The Making of Pakistan,
Professor. Doctor. Akbar S.
Ahmad. Naeem Mushtaq Productions, Susan Road, 2014.
Radio Documentary: INDIA: A PEOPLE PARTITIONED' By
Broadcast by BBC World Service, 1997.
Talbot, Ian, Pakistan: A Modern History, St. Martin's Press, 1998.
An Article written by Jinnah himself about Road to Partition. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/resources/theroad topartition/jinnahcallspakistan/
Evaluation of Sources:
Doctor. Akbar S. Ahmad’s Documentary is about
“Jinnah The Making of Pakistan” is a Secondary Source. It helped learn about Jinnah and his contributions in the making of Pakistan the country that didn’t even exist on the World Map until 1947. This documentary is available on the Internet. I found the documentary quite helpful. It gave me a good overview of his life and also contained a lot of information. However, this documentary also contains original historical footage and interviews.
Andrew Whitehead was a journalist of BBC who
toured a city between India and Pakistan called Kashmir. He visited Kashmir when there were still between Pakistan and India regarding which country owns the City. Andrew interviewed the local people and a few jihadis. This Radio Documentary describes the lives of people living in Kashmir and the effects of the Partition in their life. I would consider this as an unbiased documentary as its describing the motive of Muslims in Kashmir and their true opinion abut India. The Radio documentary is a Secondary source. The people featured in the interview were in favour of Jinnah. In my opinion the interview was a bit biased towards Jinnah as it only featured Pakistani people in the Interview and their view/opinion on Jinnah.
: Ian Talbot’s book is a secondary source as it was first published in 1998. The book is currently located in my local library. It gave me a significant amount of information but a few times it gave me more information especially on how Jinnah rose to power. The book itself is very well laid out accompanied by helpful index. Because it was easy to find information, it was my main source and I backed it up with my other sources. The book is a Secondary Source and in my opinion the book is very well written.
An article written by Jinnah himself in 1945 is a Primary Source. The article is currently available on the Internet. The article is about the “Road to Partition”. It gave me only a certain amount of Information, as it is very complicated. It is a bit ...
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