Nehru and Jinnah had the same problem – their daughters loved men they did not approve of

Published: December 8, 2015
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Dina was born on the night between 14th and 15th August, 1919. She made a dramatic entry into the world, announcing her arrival when her parents were enjoying a movie at a local theatre in London. PHOTO: DR. GHULAM NABI KAZI

Nehru and Jinnah had the same problem. Their daughters loved men they did not approve of. Children of ambitious fathers, Indira and Dina, both, carried their fathers’ hopes and lived with their mothers’ pain. They were daughters who were raised in the mould of the young English ladies their fathers had gone to school with. Jinnah’s daughter, Dina was born in Britain and, like Indira, went to school there.

What the girls did not know was that it was all fine and dandy to wear modern ideas but you don’t go to bed in them. Both girls crossed the line and fell in love with men of another faith.

Dina was born on the night between August 14 and 15, 1919. She made a dramatic entry into the world, announcing her arrival when her parents were enjoying a movie at a local theatre in London.

Stanley Wolpert’s Jinnah of Pakistan records:

“Oddly enough, precisely 28 years to the day and hour before the birth of Jinnah’s other offspring, Pakistan.”

When Dina was introduced to Neville Wadia, she was 17-years-old. The year was 1936.

Neville was born to a Parsi (Zoroastrian) father and a Christian mother. His father, Sir Ness Wadia, was a well-known textile industrialist in India. Neville was born in Liverpool, England, and educated at Malvern College and Trinity College, Cambridge.

Mahommedali Currim Chagla, who was Jinnah’s assistant at the time, writes in his autobiography Roses in December:

“Jinnah asked Dina ‘there are millions of Muslim boys in India, is he the only one you were waiting for?’ and Dina replied, ‘there were millions of Muslim girls in India, why did you marry my mother then?’”

Jinnah and Ruttie:

Jinnah, you see, was no stranger to love. We learn about Ruttie and Jinnah from Khwaja Razi Haider’s book Ruttie Jinnah: The Story Told And Untold.

Twenty years after the death of his first wife, Jinnah had turned to mush in the arms of 16-year-old Ruttie, Dina’s mother-to-be, and a Zoroastrian to boot. They wanted a civil marriage and the law at the time stated that you had to forswear religion to get married in court. Haider explains that this meant Jinnah had to resign his Muslim seat in the Imperial Legislative Council. Ruttie solved the problem by embracing Islam and marrying Jinnah. Love that had blossomed while horse-riding in Darjeeling was sealed with a forbidden kiss.

PHOTO: COURTESY DR. G.N.KAZI

Ruttie’s father, Sir Dinshaw Petit, a textile magnate and Jinnah’s client was horrified that his only child was marrying Jinnah, a man of another faith, and had forbidden them from meeting each other. Sir Dinshaw went to court and got a restraining order. The couple had to wait for two years before Ruttie reached legal age and was able to marry Jinnah and leave her parental home.

It was love’s early days. According to Haider, when Jinnah, or J as she called him, worked in stuffy offices, with stuffy men, discussing stuffy things, while Ruttie, the flower of Bombay, waited patiently in the musty rooms of courts of law. She travelled with Jinnah to meetings, including the Congress session in Nagpur, and spoke vociferously in favour of Hindu-Muslim unity in the face of the colonial enemy Britain.

PHOTO: COURTESY DR. G.N.KAZI

Jinnah admired and indulged Ruttie. Haider shares an interesting anecdote of their dinner at the Government House. The story goes:

Mrs Jinnah wore a low-cut dress. While they were seated at the dining table, Lady Willingdon, Marie Freeman-Thomas, Marchioness of Willingdon asked an aide-de-camp (ADC) to bring a wrap for Mrs Jinnah, in case she felt cold. Jinnah rose from the table, and declared,

“When Mrs Jinnah feels cold, she will say so, and ask for a wrap herself.”

Then he led his wife from the dining-room, and from that time on refused to go to the Government House again.

A precarious balance:

However, real life has a way of sneaking up. The first few years of Jinnah’s marriage to Ruttie also coincided with challenging times at work. Gandhi returned to India and his political tactics were different from those of Jinnah’s constitutional ones.

During the second and third year of his marriage, Jinnah was forced to make three remarkable decisions that reduced his role in India’s freedom struggle: he resigned from the Imperial Legislative Council, the Home Rule League and Indian National Congress. The graph of Jinnah’s career showed an increasingly downward trend. During the 1920 session of Congress, with Ruttie by his side, Jinnah saw Gandhi hijack the movement. As opposed to Jinnah’s constitutional ways, says Jaswant Singh in his book India, Pakistan Independence, Gandhi was taking the movement to the streets with chaotic demands like Purna Swaraj (complete self-rule).

“Your way is the wrong way: my way is the right way—the constitutional way is the right way,” Jinnah had said to Gandhi.

Jinnah parted ways with the Congress. He held no public office except for his membership of the Muslim League. Moved from the national stage, Jinnah now had a smaller platform to stand on.

Dina was a year old when India veered in the direction of non-cooperation and civil disobedience, and her father, Jinnah, disagreeing with Gandhi’s tactics, took a back seat. The family immersed themselves in the Parsi community. Professor Akbar S Ahmed in his book Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity, records how the family travelled through Europe and dined with friends at Savoy and Berkeley during that time.

Gandhi was jailed in March, 1922. Ruttie and Dina saw Jinnah throw himself into the 1923 November Central Legislative Assembly elections to their neglect. Jinnah fought for adequate representation of the Muslim legislative assemblies even as Gandhi was released from jail.

Haider details how, at home, Ruttie, and nine-year-old Dina took a back seat in Jinnah’s life and for Ruttie, the psychological stress caused colitis to flare up. They moved out of the house in 1928 to the Taj Mahal Hotel. Jinnah accepted his role in the failing marriage,

“It is my fault: we both need some sort of understanding we cannot give.” [Haider]
“Mrs Jinnah had already sailed for Europe, with her parents, when her husband left Bombay in April 1928; his political career in dark confusion, and his one experiment in private happiness apparently wrecked for ever,” writes Hector Bolitho in the official biography called Jinnah.

It is from Bolitho we learn that Diwan Chaman Lall, a colleague and friend, took a voyage to England and after the voyage declared, “he is the loneliest man”.

Soon after the ship arrived in England, Jinnah went to Ireland, and Diwan Chaman Lall to Paris where Ruttie and Dina were staying. Chaman Lall had been in his hotel only a few minutes when he learned that Ruttie was in a hospital, dangerously ill.

He described the story to Bolitho,

“I went to the hospital immediately. I had always admired Ruttie Jinnah so much: there is not a woman in the world today to hold a candle to her for beauty and charm. She was a lovely, spoiled child, and Jinnah was inherently incapable of understanding her. She was lying in bed, with a temperature of 106 degrees. She could barely move, but she held a book in her hand and she gave it to me. ‘Read it to me, Cham,’ she said. It was a volume of Oscar Wilde’s poems.

“A few days later Jinnah arrived from Ireland. I waited in the hospital while he went in to see her—two and half hours he was with her. When he came out of her bedroom, he said ‘I think we can save her … I am sure she will pull through’. Ruttie Jinnah recovered and I left Paris, soon afterwards, for Canada, believing they were reconciled. Some weeks passed, and I was in Paris again. I spent a day with Jinnah, wondering why he was alone. In the evening, I said to him, ‘Where is Ruttie?’ He answered ‘we quarrelled: she has gone back to Bombay’. He said it with such finality that I dare not ask any more.”

Jinnah found it difficult to maintain his position at the national level given Gandhi’s arrival and rapid ascendancy. In 1928, Motilal Nehru presented the Nehru Report in Calcutta and came out squarely on the side of Gandhi. Jinnah sensed an unmatchable opponent. He spoke about the danger of ignoring the insecurities of the minorities. As he left, he said to Jamshed Nusserwanjee,

“Jamshed, this is the parting of the ways.” [Jaswant Singh]

“Dina, however, maintained that Ruttie died of colitis or something more complicated, but it certainly was a digestive disorder. The disease caused Ruttie excruciating pain towards the end. At one stage, an overdose almost killed her, and even suggested to some people that she had attempted suicide,” wrote Akbar Ahmed in his book Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity.

While Jinnah was preoccupied with work troubles, Ruttie lay in the Taj Mahal Hotel with a broken heart. Dina watched her mother’s life ebb away. Two months later she died—not yet 29-years-old.

Jinnah sat in the burial ceremony with Kanji Dwarkadas beside him. He talked of his political worries even as her body was lowered into the ground. He broke out his reverie when asked to throw a handful of earth. The finality of it hit him. As the idea of a new country birthed in his frustrated mind, his love left him to inhabit another world. He had been check-mated both by his political rivals and his lover. Ten-year-old Dina watched her father crumble to the ground as he wept uncontrollably.

“Ruttie’s death devastated Jinnah, according to Dina…  A curtain fell over him, said Dina,” writes Akbar Ahmed.

Motherless Dina left for England with her father who had decided to abandon politics and settle in London along with his sister, Fatima.

“I felt so utterly helpless,” said Jinnah, to the students of Aligarh eight years later, about his exit of 1931, recounts Akbar Ahmed.

Grey Wolf:

They moved into West Heath House in Hampstead; a three story villa built in the style of the 1880s with a tall tower which gave a splendid view over the surrounding country. Stanley Wolpert in To Charisma and Commitment in South Asian History writes about Dina and Jinnah’s time in London.

“Dina would have morning tea with her father, sitting at the edge of his bed. Breakfast was at nine o’clock, sharp. Bradbury, the chauffer took Jinnah to his chambers in King’s Bench Walk thereafter. On Saturdays and Sundays, they walked on the Heath to Kenwood past Jack Straw’s Castle, the inn where Karl Marx had sat drinking root beer with his daughter.”

PHOTO: COURTESY DR. G.N.KAZI

One day, home for the holidays from her English school, Dina came down for breakfast to find her father engrossed in a book by HC Armstrong on Kemal Ataturk called Grey Wolf, Mustafa Kemal: An Intimate Study of a Dictator. As 13-year-old Dina reached for the toast, Jinnah handed her the book,

“Read this, my dear,” he said, “It’s good.”

For days on, he talked about Kemal Ataturk. So impressed was he by him that Dina named him Grey Wolf.

Like any teenager, she loved to tease her father. She lightened his dark days. Dina did not realise her idyllic time with her father was coming to an end as the grey wolf was rising within him, calling him back to birth another child.

“Away with dreams and shadows! They have cost us dear in the past,” Mustafa Kemal seemed to whisper in Jinnah’s ear.

In 1933, Jinnah returned to India. The Hampstead home, where the Grey Wolf had lived, was sold. Dina went to live with her mother’s relatives in Bombay. [Wolpert]

The Muslim identity:

Young Muslim graduates thronged to Jinnah as their leader. Rising on the wave of their adoration, Jinnah finally saw the world he had wanted all along and he was not willing to risk it for any ideals. Gone was the man who had stood up for his wife’s low cut blouse. In his place was a man who Akbar Ahmed wrote in his book Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity, when visiting Balochi tribes, agreed with his host that it would not be wise for his sister, Fatima, who did not wear a pardah (veil), to go before the more traditional Balochi tribesmen. He scolded his hostess when she protested.

 “You are trying to ruin four years of building up sympathy for the Muslim League among the tribesmen,” he said.

Later in his Presidential address, Jinnah would say,

“Women can do a great deal within their home, even under pardah.”

As Jinnah basked in the adoration of the Muslim masses and nurtured the idea of birthing a country, 19-year-old Dina spent more and more time with her mother’s family and the Parsi community. She turned to someone who was older than her and carried her mother’s spirit. She had found, it seemed, a combination of her parents, a lively Parsi gentleman, eight years her senior who had grown up, like her, in England—Neville Wadia.

Ruttie had been the only daughter of a textile magnate. And fatefully, Dina who had been 14 years of age when her mother died, married Neville Wadia, a textile magnate, within five years of her mother’s death. Neville Wadia would one day succeed his father as chairman of one of India’s successful textile concerns, Bombay Dyeing.

Marriage and estrangement:

Jinnah was livid that his daughter had not chosen a Muslim husband. Dina married Neville in 1938 against her father’s wishes, writes Chagla. In 1939, Jinnah pulled down the house of memories in Mount Pleasant Road and built a mansion. Jinnah asked for “a big reception room, a big veranda, and big lawns for garden parties,” recalled the architect Claude Batley as related by Akbar Ahmed.

The new mansion with its wide balconies, broad high rooms, and marble portico leading to the marble terrace was fit for the great leader that he was working to become. On his 64th birthday, Jinnah moved in. This house, a perfect backdrop for the future Quaid-e-Azam (the great leader) was not frequented by Dina. According to Chagla, Jinnah had disowned his daughter.

Dina and Neville had two children, a daughter and then a son. But Dina, like her mother, Ruttie, proved to be unlucky in love. Within five years of her marriage, she left Neville. They got separated in 1943, though the divorce never took place.

On July 20, 1943, an assassin entered the house with a knife to kill Jinnah, but was overpowered. Contrary to what Chagla wrote, Dina telephoned and then rushed to the house to see her father, writes Akbar Ahmed in Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity. In 1943, Jinnah became seriously ill and had to take a vacation in Srinagar to recover from an ailment in his lungs. As time passed, Jinnah’s temper got shorter and his aloofness grew. He focused single-mindedly on the negotiations with the Congress and the British to ensure the creation of Pakistan.

“There is the petulance that goes with such illness as Jinnah was suffering from,” said his doctor Dr Patel. [Ahmed]

Papa darling:

Jinnah succeeded in his fight for a separate homeland for the Muslims of India. Akbar Ahmed reveals that on hearing the news about Pakistan on April 28, 1947, even though she herself had no intention of moving to the new country, Dina wrote to her father.

“My darling Papa,

First of all I must congratulate you – we have got Pakistan, that is to say the principal has been accepted. I am so proud and happy for you – how hard you have worked for it.

I do hope you are keeping well –I get lots of news of you from the newspapers. The children are just recovering from whooping cough, it will take another month yet.”

She ended the letter with,

“Take care of yourself Papa darling. Lots of love and kisses”

She wrote to him again in June 1947 from Juhu:

“Papa darling,

At this minute you must be with the Viceroy. I must say that it is wonderful what you have achieved in these last few years and I feel so proud and happy for you. You have been the only man in India of late who has been a realist and an honest and brilliant tactician – this letter is beginning to sound like a fan mail, isn’t it?”

She ended again with,

“Take care of yourself. Lots of love and kisses and a big hug.”

Jinnah was 70-years-old when he boarded the plane on August 7, 1947 and flew to Karachi forever as the Governor General and Baba-e-Qaum of his new born child, Pakistan.

As he stepped onto the aircraft, Quaid-e-Azam looked back towards the city in which he was leaving behind forever his beloved Ruttie, whose grave he had visited the previous evening; their daughter Dina; a grand-daughter, a four-year-old grandson, Nusli holding on to his grandfather’s hat; and a house on the hill. [Haider]

He said,

“I suppose this is the last time I’ll be looking at Delhi.” [Akbar Ahmed]

He bid a final goodbye with a smile on his face. She would not go to her father’s new home with him and he would die in a year’s time. His lungs, riddled with tuberculosis, finally caught up with him.

Jinnah visited Ruttie’s grave a day before he left India forever. Dina did not travel to Pakistan until her father’s funeral in Karachi in September 1948. Their relationship would become a matter of legal conjecture and hair splitting. [Wiki]

Dina’s son, Nusli Wadia, became a Christian, but converted back to Zoroastrianism and settled in the industrially wealthy Parsi community of Mumbai. He is the chairman and majority owner of Bombay Dyeing, chairman of the Wadia group, and one of the savviest businessmen of India. The Economic Times described Nusli Wadia as “the epitome of South Mumbai’s old money and genteel respectability”. He has two sons Ness and Jeh.

IMAGE: STILL FROM THE MOVIE “MR. JINNAH: THE MAKING OF PAKISTAN” BY AKBAR S AHMED

Dina is 99-years-old and lives in New York with her daughter. Dina’s daughter-in-law, Maureen said to Mumbaiwala about her,

“I think she’s a true New Yorker and she’s doing very well. She knows when the Bloomingdale sales are on, and she’ll tell you when to go down to Saks. We all make it a point to go and see her at least once every two months. When the weather is good in summer, we spend at least a couple of months with her. Nusli visits her very frequently.”

Dina fought for her inheritance, the Jinnah House in Mumbai but she never fought for a place in history. Pakistan, her sibling, does not recognise her.

This post originally appeared on India Currents here.

Ritu Marwah

Ritu Marwah

The author has pursued theater, writing, marketing, start-up management, raising children, coaching debate and hiking. She holds a master’s degree in business and hasworked in London for the Tata group for ten years. Ritu is also the social media editor at India Currents.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • vinsin

    Jinnah was the only person who talked about peace and harmony other than Ambedkar. Nehru is the biggest villain who single highhandedly destroyed destination of subcontinent both India and Pakistan. He is responsible for incomplete partition, Kashmir issue, Korean Unification Issue, Tibet issue, India UN membership and nonsecular India.Recommend

  • Brain Think

    Unfortunately the history taught in our books about Jinnah is mostly made up. The reality is that he was a white guy with a brown skin.

    But we Pakistanis paint him as an Arab muslim activist of some sort. We love murdering history to match our ideology.Recommend

  • Minerva

    Both Indira and Dina chose India. Indira became the prime minister of India and Dina’s descendants are thriving in India. If Dina had chosen Pakistan, she would have met the fate of Madre-e millet.Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath

    Wonderful article, first time I have seen Jinnah being shown as a person not some abstract ideal that Pakistani newspapers like to portray him.Recommend

  • AsokFC

    What was the point of mentioning Indira at all when the whole story was about Jinnah, Ruttie, and Dina?Recommend

  • rationalising argument.

    nonsense , jinnah didn’t approve of his daughter marriage to non muslims. unlike nehru who would do anything for the muslim votes.Recommend

  • vinsin

    Jinnah was the only person who talked about peace and harmony other than Ambedkar. Nehru is the biggest villain who single highhandedly destroyed destination of subcontinent both India and Pakistan. He is responsible for incomplete partition, Kashmir issue, Korean Unification Issue, Tibet issue, India UN membership and nonsecular India.Recommend

  • https://www.facebook.com/ ather khan

    she has no place in pakistan. her father qaed e azm disowned her, and so are we.Recommend

  • Linux Novice

    Wadias are an asset to the great nation even though their grand father was a disgrace on humanity.Recommend

  • Hina

    Pakistan, her sibling, does not recognise her…..Very heart touchingRecommend

  • Lost

    Like father, like nation. Today Pakistan keeps an outlook of an Islamic identity with nothing Islamic about it from the inside … just as Quaid e Azam did … from him it was shrewd politics, from us it is just plain identity crisisRecommend

  • tayyaba rana

    very movingRecommend

  • http://thoughtsandotherthing.blogspot.fr/2015/11/bleeding.html Supriya Arcot

    This ( rightly ) makes MJ sound human and vulnerable .Recommend

  • Raghu Reddy

    Yeah like Modi who dont mind licking Hindutva voters!!Recommend

  • Raghu Reddy

    Yeah, If only sanghi snakes would be allowed to rule India, it would have been a lot worse than Saudi Regimes.. Sanghis ‘ your enemy is my friend’. They have no love for Jinnah. Just because Jinnah hates congress, makes them love him ,only temporary until legacy of Nerhu is demolished and villainising is complete. Then they would take care of Jinnah.
    Congress didnt portray Jinnah as a villain. It just couldnt accept his crazy ideas. It respected him in everyway it could.Recommend

  • Salman

    WOW! what a wonderfully crafted article. Totally engrossed me until I finished it. Beautifully written indeed!Recommend

  • footyfan

    Very moving.Recommend

  • vinsin

    Modi never promised partition or reservation to get Hindutva Votes. Modi also didnt promise any special rights and status to get Hindutva Votes.Recommend

  • HiraZ

    Good read. Loved it!Recommend

  • ra ne

    She look normal. no head coveringRecommend

  • Bairooni Haath

    Dina was far ahead of her time. She knew the truth about her sibling even when the world was embracing him.Recommend

  • Lodhi

    Ages are mentioned wrong in this blog. A. Dina is currently 96. B. Ruttie died at age 29. You mentioned Dina being 14 when ruttie died… Whaaa.. Recommend

  • Plus Writer

    Dina disowned her sibling and now the sibling has disowned dina.
    And there was no point to mention Nehru. This piece is all about JinnahRecommend

  • Allah Hafoz

    She must be thanking god that she did not choose pakistan..and think of this wadia business tycoon…His wadia group companies networth is almost equivalent to whole of karachi stock exchange and he is even not in top 25 businessman of india….Bydave whatever happens….happens for good…I dont think we indians have capability like pakistanis to manage all this terrorist infrastructure and daily killings….Recommend

  • Vinod

    Yes you are right. We Hindus think Jinnah as a monster but Nehru was the real villain of partition.Recommend

  • abhi

    I got bored in middle and stopped readingRecommend

  • Linux Novice

    Viewership!!!Recommend

  • LS

    Yup, he is also a villain because he refused to give 10% of Muslims 50% of the seats in parliament that Jinnah asked for in its 14. point mandate and when refused he called for “Direct Action Day” that killed thousands… When refused the demand this 10% demands a separate nation because “Muslims cannot live with Hindus”? but all blame MUST fall on Nehru….. HE WAS SUPER VILLAIN… EVIL..

    I suppose Pakistan today would gladly give 30% of its seats in parliament to its less than 3% of Minorities?

    Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    Nehru was no different except the Arab part.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    I am sure the author chose a different title.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    Some have even disowned the Quaid himself for him being a Shia.Recommend

  • Amer

    This is a wonderful article, it made me almost cry by the end… to read Jinnah’s personal life story is always very emotional for a Pakistani but to read it from a human prospective is even more emotional. Muhammad Ali Jinnah took the making of Pakistan so personally and to read his daughter’s letters to him at the end was very nice.Recommend

  • Umer Azam

    If she was born in 1919 then how come she is 99 years old….i thought we are in 2015Recommend

  • Cheryl Javed

    Couldn’t agree more to u :) we have shaped History according to our interest and ideology… but fail to understand that it actually ruins our IdeaologyRecommend

  • Umair Nathani

    This highlights real life of Jinnah, who he really was. The way history is preached here makes him some sort of saint to which common man cannot associate.Recommend

  • Sultan Tipu

    I don’t see an element where these girls have to chose someone on the basis of his nationality- as you are claiming that they chose India or Indian guys- there wasn’t the division at eh time of their marriage and it turned out that the both guys they married were residents of area which was later included in India. There was no need for Mrs. Gandhi to move to Pakistan, her Husband was Lucknow based and so was the case for Dina. Why would Dina have to move to Pakistan, keeping in mind that she had resided with her husband for some good 16 years before partition, besides there was no point for Wadia’s to move to Pakistan- if there is any plz enlighten me. So, your argument that the both daughters of these political magnets chose India is simply carrying common sense on its head. Furthermore, to counter your argument in your style I may say that Dina is now residing in NewYork that means she has chosen US over India.

    The fate Indira Gandhi met in India is not a secret to anyone. Dina and her thriving family was and are still thriving because of the big pockets and business of Wadia family. Dina has never taken any interest in politics so you cant compare Dina with Fatima Jinnah. Your broad generalizations are as useless as anything.Recommend

  • Ahmed

    So wearing a head cover is abnormal? :DRecommend

  • Etrat Rizvi

    We did not recognize the sibling of Quaid e Azam what to speak of sibling of Dina. We devised the system of Basic Democracy to defeat his sibling Fatima Jinnah. It hurts me to see the dynasties of Ayub Khan, Bhutto, Bacha Khan, Sharifs
    and several retired generals thriving and respected in Pakistan. This perhaps is the historical fact of history specially the history of muslims.Recommend

  • Ram

    These are facts which no one can dispute, Jinnah lived a lavish and wealthy lifestyle, he some cigars and enjoyed scotch, he was educated as a lawyer, he married a parsi and never aligned with Islam, yet he used Islam to divide a nation and achieve Pakistan with the help of Muslim Zamindars and Nawabs,

    Every member of All India Muslim league is a wealthy Nawabs and Zamindars, Before 1947 these Zamindars both Hindu and Muslim enjoyed there Raj for over 200 years under British just take look at there palace and Hawelis there was no war and no one every worked in there life, Once India became Independence these Nawabs were going to loose everything so it was very easy for them to create a Pakistan movement and use Jinnah to keep fertile lands of Punjab, today’s Bhutto’s and Sharifs are still enjoying feudal Pakistan achieved by Quaid-e-AzamRecommend

  • Iqbal

    Oh do we recognise Jinnah himself, apart from plastering our walls with his pictures? Remember how we treat the Shias?Recommend

  • Iqbal

    It is not shaping the history. It is distorting the past.Recommend

  • Usman

    Dina was born in 1919 and is 99 years old in 2015.wow!!!Recommend

  • Ram

    Read my comments above and do your own research on how Pakistan movement got funded follow the money trails and you will see that it will end with all the Nawabs and Zamindars, check out the Bungalow on Juhu beach that Dina Wadia is fighting for think about where you got so much money and you will find answers for dynasties ruling Pakistan todayRecommend

  • Rishabh Jain

    Jinnah did marry a 15 year old when he was nearing 50 and had a child soon after. So it is not entirely wrong.Recommend

  • Shahid Iqbal Butt

    Well religions were no barrier in liking and love.Recommend

  • Sam

    Did I just enter a time loop of sorts? It’s 2015 is’t it? So, how on earth could Dina be 99 years old when she was born in 1919 as the article stipulates. At the most she is 96 right. Also, one of the letters written by Dina allegedly, in such perfect modern day English, makes reference to it beginning to sound ‘like fan mail’. With respect, the entire notion or concept of fan mail was a very distant architect in the 1940s. Some things just don’t add up here, interesting article nonetheless. Recommend

  • Sam

    Did I just enter a time loop of sorts? It’s 2015 is’t it? So, how on earth could Dina be 99 years old when she was born in 1919 as the article stipulates. At the most she is 96 right. Also, one of the letters written by Dina allegedly, in such perfect modern day English, makes reference to it beginning to sound ‘like fan mail’. With respect, the entire notion or concept of fan mail was a very distant architect in the 1940s. Some things just don’t add up here, interesting article nonetheless. Recommend

  • someone

    Huge difference that Nehru never disowned Indira. He was more liberal than Jinaah could ever be. Nehru did not care about what “others” would say if his daughter married to a non Hindu but Jinnah was worried about Political fallout of his daughter marrying a non muslim.Recommend

  • vinsin

    Jinnah demanded 50% of seat for 25% of Muslim population. Nehru refused. After partition, Nehru accepted that and agreed to give 20% reservation on increment basis to 10% of Muslim population. It was Sardar Patel who rejected that proposal.Recommend

  • vinsin

    All Jinnah idea came from congress and Maulana Azad. During Indian rulers, India was among the richest nations.Recommend

  • D H

    i dont know if you read the same article i read . There is nothing here about a “white guy in a brown skin” the author has beautifully presented the transformation of a western educated muslim who was ambitious but naive, trying to do everything by the colonial laws, into a revolutionary with a vision who was inspired by likes of ata turk and fought to preserve and protect the future of the muslims in the subcontinent in way he thought was best. Infact i think its the so called “seculars” in pakistan who try to portray jinnah as some kind of kafir who lead muslims. And as individuals, people undergo changes in the way they see themselves and the world around them. This was very well presented in this article, Jinnah’s love for his wife and daughter his struggles in balancing public with private lives, his greater love for the Ummat and the Deen. The pain of disowning a godless treacherous daughter for The Love of Allah. this is why he is called Qaid e aazam. may Allah grant him jannah aameenRecommend

  • aiman

    Awsome article .. Feel really sorry for Dina .. Its really so miserable when we can’t. Enjoy our relationships to the fullest .. I love m.ali jinnah so I adore Dina as well .. Dina atleast come Pakistan. To meet your dad <3
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  • Vijay Simha

    I will make a prediction.
    Pakistan and Dina Wadia Jinnah will cease to exist at the same time.

    Both of Jinnah’s creations will depart from the world at the same time.
    Pakistan from the world map and Dina from this world.

    That time will soon be upon us.Recommend

  • Aranya gupta

    “The pain of disowning a godless treacherous daughter” these words prove all what’s wrong with the mindset of so many people in Pakistan..all she did was fall in love (like her father did many years back)..why do you need to see everything in the world from (a rather obsessive) lens of religion..Pakistan itself is a (very unfortunate) reality of that mindset and perhaps that’s why Dina could never accept Pakistan. The biggest irony and the fact remains that Jinnah’s own grandfather as well as parents were Hindus, he married a Parsi and yet Jinnah could never become a symbol of unity.Recommend

  • GG

    jinnah was an ambitious person who wanted the top post…since he could not get one in undivided India he made himself a new country and found some sheep to govern.. while Nehru was a weak liberal who did not have the spine to stand upto jinnah or assassinate him which is what akbar would have done (when akbar was called a heretic for formulating his own religion din I illahi … he executed the hardcore mullah who slandered him and pacified the rest by stating that this was only guidelines lol)
    these 2 have played into the hands of the british… people on both sides need to be patient while I clear their messes when I come to power.Recommend

  • GG

    he did not approve … but he did not disapprove either since he too wed a non muslim and was ready to resign from muslim league since at that time inter religious marriage was taboo.. (still is today )Recommend

  • chakrs

    The bungalow is on Malabar Hill, far from Juhu.Recommend

  • N

    No, Ratan became a Muslim before marriage . U can check on her wikipedia .
    And he was not ready , he was himself worried what to do as Ratan said that if he did not marry her she will leave but won’t go to her parents house . Recommend

  • Rana Usman Khawar

    perfectly said :)Recommend

  • Ziad

    Wow..what an article! Its a masterpieceRecommend

  • Muhammad Noman

    Professional Life and Personal Life two different aspects of every individual , May be they Are Hero at one part and looser at other part but in either case Hero remains Hero this way or that way . Fact is for Jinnah even white man in grey skin he did something which is required and may be to achieve that he lost the other part and we are not concerned about the part which he lost because he is Hero to us and will remain even if some one twist the history in coming 100 years :)Recommend

  • Abdulrauf Akhtar

    VERY RIGHTRecommend

  • Mehr

    We recognize and accept and love her very much. She looks so much like her father, may God bless him, may God bless her. They both went through so much pain, and all on account of the fact that he neglected everything else for the betterment of our nation.Recommend

  • Mehr

    It was not the Muslims who could not live with Hindus… How well you distort history… it was the growing Hindu nationalism that made them forget that India was not a ‘Hindu’ country, it was always much more than that… it was a subcontinent of cultures.. the original melting pot of peoples that USA likes to boast of today… ‘India’ was the country of the ‘Indians’, who were Muslims, who were Christians, who were Sikh, who were Buddhist, who were Zoroastrian… But Gandhi et al manipulated religion to mobilize the Hindu masses…. which ended up building religious extremism… something that Mr Jinnah had warned against…; was independence from British Raj only a dream of the Hindu segment of the population? Was the rest of India deaf, blind and mute? Invisible? To be treated as silent spectators instead of as equal citizens in their homeland? Was the concept of majority and minority ever present in India before the British Raj? You were Indian and that was it….. this was what the Hindus forgot, arrogant in the play of numbers set up by the British to manipulate and divide the Indian population… the Hindus betrayed the spiritually fertile land of India… they betrayed what India stood for… they divided the children of India… we were all children of the same mother… but they differentiated between in their complex of superiority… and Pakistan exists to remind them of that.Recommend

  • LS

    It WAS the MUSLIMS who said “They were different Tehzeeb and can not live with Hindus” – Pakistan is NOT known for teaching right history. No one religion asked for special rights in constitution of India EXCEPT Muslims.

    Gandhi Died speaking for Muslims. Most of the Muslims Fought WITH British AGAINST independence.

    Your narrative is figment of imagination with No facts. Give me a single reference to your claim. The claims I have made you can google them and those were Made by Muslims.

    You just want to shift the blame and sound like a victim.Recommend

  • Sophie

    Well done!!! You’ve nailed it! Recommend

  • Jimmy Smith

    Well high caste Hindus many of their caste were BuddhistRecommend

  • Zaki

    Till.. could never accept Pakistan , very true indeed (:Recommend

  • hafeez

    Excellent , Unbiased rhetorical narrative, Putting aside family issues we keep Jinnah in high regards and it meant to be like this, he struggled for something and made it through.Recommend

  • Saadat Khan

    Hi Vijay. Dina passed away but the nation of Pakistan lives on and will stay there till the end of time (InshAllah). You please take care of Khalistan and Nagaland ;-)

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