Partition would not have happened had Jinnah become India PM: Dalai Lama

Published: August 8, 2018
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Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Jawaharlal Nehru and the Dalai Lama. PHOTOS: FILE

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Jawaharlal Nehru and the Dalai Lama. PHOTOS: FILE

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Jawaharlal Nehru and the Dalai Lama. PHOTOS: FILE A file photo Mohmmad Ali Jinnah. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Exiled Tibetan leader Dalai Lama said on Wednesday that Partition  would have been averted had Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah become the first prime minister of India, according to Hindustan Times.

Relevance of Jinnah

The Dalai Lama made the comments while speaking at a Goa educational institute. He made the remarks while responding to a student’s query on taking right decisions.

“Now look at India. I think Mahatma Gandhi was very much willing to give the prime ministership to Jinnah. But Pandit Nehru refused,” he said.

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The exiled Tibetan leader went on to add how he thought it was a bit self-centered on part of Jawaharlal Nehru to covet the top post.

“I think it was a little bit self-centred attitude of Pandit Nehru that he should be the prime minister. India and Pakistan would have remained united had Mahatma Gandhi’s thinking materialised,” he said. “Pandit Nehru, I know very well, (was a) very experienced person, very wise but sometimes mistakes also happen.”

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Earlier in May, Uttar Pradesh Minister Swami Prasad Maurya eulogised Jinnah as a “mahapurush” or great man. The minister made the remarks while admonishing a Bharatiya Janata Party MP for criticising Aligarh Muslim University for displaying a photo of Jinnah at the varsity. “It is shameful for anyone to point a finger on great leaders who contributed towards the country’s formation,” he had then said.

This story originally appeared in Hindustan Times.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Sabuha Mueid
    Aug 8, 2018 - 6:54PM

    Quaid-e-Azam was a wise man who knew becoming a PM in a parilment with Hindu majority was a useless post and hence he refused to accept it.Today time and again agression by Hindu extremists prove that desicion of creating Pakistan was rightRecommend

  • CB Guy
    Aug 9, 2018 - 2:33AM

    The theory sounds very far fetched. Jinnah had TB which he hid to ensure that Pakistan came into being without delay. You really think he would have sold everything out, including himself, for the premiership? Recommend

  • Jahenzab
    Aug 9, 2018 - 6:05AM

    Sorry to say Dalai Lama is not correct

    If he read 2 nation ideology of that century he never said thisRecommend

  • BrainBro
    Aug 9, 2018 - 8:18AM

    Same could be said about Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from Bangladesh’s angle.Recommend

  • Jade
    Aug 9, 2018 - 9:36AM

    This is about time that people from both sides learn to respect great leaders. Qauid-e-Azam, Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru …. all need to be respected. Recommend

  • Free Soul
    Aug 9, 2018 - 10:16AM

    @Sabuha Mueid: Agreed 100%,Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Aug 9, 2018 - 1:24PM

    Jinnahs decision to make Pakistan has got to be the best and the bravest decision of the 19th century across the political landscape. In todays day and age of transparency one can easily see the hatred that is spread by an average indian on social media (specifically from the hindu majority). Jinnah obviouly was a farsighted and saw this coming and blessed us with Pakistan. Thank you JinnahRecommend

  • Jan
    Aug 10, 2018 - 3:49PM

    It was better both for Hindu and Muslim to separate. But now let pakistan a small part live. Indian bullying always made pakistan to defend.
    Let both to solve Kashmir once and live always good neighbours. Recommend

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