BJP lawmaker calls for demolition of Jinnah House in Mumbai

Published: March 27, 2017
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Jinnah House, Mumbai. PHOTO COURTESY: INDIAN EXPRESS

Jinnah House, Mumbai. PHOTO COURTESY: INDIAN EXPRESS

A lawmaker belonging to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s residence in Mumbai be demolished and a cultural centre be built in its place.

Addressing the Indian Legislative Assembly on budgetary demands, MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha on Monday said, “The Jinnah residence in south Mumbai was the place from where the conspiracy of Partition was hatched,” Times of India reported.

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“Jinnah House is a symbol of the Partition. The structure should be demolished,” he added. According to Lodha, India’s Public Works Department (PWD) pays hundreds and thousands of rupees for the property’s upkeep and maintenance.

Her further added that after the approval of the Enemy Property Act, Jinnah’s heirs have no claim over the Jinnah house. “The structure should be demolished and a cultural centre highlighting Maharashtra’s culture and pride should be built. The cultural centre should also exhibit the glorious history of India,” Lodha said.

The Jinnah house is located in Malabar Hill area in south Mumbai.

The Enemy Property Act of 1968, enacted after the India-Pakistan War three years earlier, gave the Indian government the right to seize assets of Indian nationals who had moved to Pakistan or China following wars with the two countries.

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Those who left India for Pakistan were Muslims, and relations between the two countries remain fraught after numerous conflicts. Pakistan enacted a similar law at the time and seized properties of those who left for India.

This article originally appeared on The Times of India.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Chhota Shikoh
    Mar 27, 2017 - 4:19PM

    Lol, “glorious history of India…” is inseparable from Jinnah and Partition.Recommend

  • Sexton
    Mar 27, 2017 - 4:38PM

    Is it my imagination that almost all countries around the globe are run by narcissistic politicians, and they are determined that peace will never be achieved? Recommend

  • Mohammed Wani
    Mar 27, 2017 - 4:49PM

    Jinnah should have had a better reason than the two nation theory. Nothing in the two nation theory has withstood the test of time.Recommend

  • Hasan
    Mar 27, 2017 - 4:50PM

    I am beginning to worry about the mental health of our neighbors.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Mar 27, 2017 - 5:07PM

    i definitely support it.When he could not co exist in India with others and was a driving force in partition,why we should preserve the symbol of hatred spending money from the Exchequer. Recommend

  • Shakil
    Mar 27, 2017 - 5:10PM

    Every act of BJP and Modi vindicate Jinnah’s two nation theory, BJP is in its pure form showing absolute no regard to anyone who is not a Hindu.

    Even you take enemy act, Jinnah family didnt move to Pakistan. So the heirs or Pakistan government should be the owner as per the will of Jinnah! Recommend

  • Akbat
    Mar 27, 2017 - 5:23PM

    @Mohammed Wani:
    Indian government study of the status of Muslims in India would be worth a look. Apparently they are in some ways economically and educationally the most backward community. Though this may be in part their own lack of effort. Recommend

  • Hasan
    Mar 27, 2017 - 5:50PM

    @wiserneighbour?

    Dear Neighbors, this hatred will consume you, and negative energy hurts everybody. Please Ccange your ways before its too late.Recommend

  • jim
    Mar 27, 2017 - 9:04PM

    @Hasan: Jinnah was for division not for integration. So he was the one who started the hate between Hindu and Muslims.Recommend

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