Chaudhry Rehmat Ali: ‘He coined the word Pakistan, we forgot to mention him in history’

Seminar discusses how historians failed to give due respect to this proponent of Pakistan.

Our Correspondent April 21, 2014
Seminar discusses how historians failed to give due respect to this proponent of Pakistan. PHOTO: ONLINE


Chaudhry Rehmat Ali, the man who coined the name, 'Pakistan', and is distinguished as one of the first proponents for the creation of a separate state for Muslims, has not been given due respect by historians. This was discussed by speakers at a seminar at the Arts Council of Pakistan on Saturday night.

The participants comprised political scientists, history experts and columnists who agreed on the notion of bringing back the remains of Ali's body from Cambridge, UK, to Pakistan and giving him a burial place in the Quaid-e-Azam's mausoleum. The seminar titled, "Quaid-e-Azam ka Pakistan aur Chuadhry Rehmat Ali ka Aizaz," was organised by the Chaudhry Rehmat Ali Memorial Society to commemorate the leader.

The speakers noted that despite his achievements and struggle for the creation of the country, Ali could not get the honour and respect he deserved. University of Karachi department of mass communication's chairperson, Dr Tahir Masood said that Ali not only coined the name, Pakistan, but also gave the idea of a separate state for the Muslims of India in his pamphlet, 'Now or Never'.

"The arguments put forth by Rehmat Ali for the case of creation of Pakistan in this pamphlet were the same used later by the Quaid-e-Azam to convince the British and the Congress," said Masood.

Quoting historian KK Aziz, Masood said that Quaid-e-Azam used several sentences from 'Now or Never' in his address on Pakistan Resolution Day, during the Muslim League session at Lahore. He added that Muslim League leaders had no new vision, argument or point in favour of Pakistan, besides those already presented by Ali. He was a visionary researcher and thinker and a true sympathiser of the Muslims of India.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 21st, 2014.

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Salman ( Canada ) | 7 years ago | Reply

There is no mention of the word Pakistan in the Lahore Resolution or of Partition. It is a vague resolution; a series of unspecified concepts- units, regions, areas, zones and no time- frame. Pakistan was not the only word coined by Rehmat Ali, in his later work, he suggested changing the name of India to Dinia ( land of din or faith ) and that Pakistan was to be joined by other Muslim enclaves Bangistan ( Bengal ), Haidaristan ( Delhi ), Osmanistan ( Hyderabad ), Maplistan ( Malabar ) and so on.

I think the majority of people on this planet would find it laughable, if they only knew that Pakistan meant land of the pure. It is, rightly or wrongly, seen as a hub of international terrorism and, I reckon more Muslims have been killed by Muslims in Pakistan than in Hindu-Muslim clashes in India. Can anyone truthfully say that he or she is safe in Pakistan?

Aisha | 7 years ago | Reply

Thank you Chaudhry Rehmat Ali for your efforts for Pakistan. May Allah Bless you, Ameen.

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