Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Iqbal's Letters to Jinnah, 1937

Iqbal's letters to Jinnah are a significant sign-post in the road to partition.

Iqbal's first letter argues that to alleviate Muslim poverty, enforcement of the Sharia is necessary, and that is possible only with Muslim states.  He also argues that Muslims would be able to accept social democracy easily, while Hindus would no longer remain Hindus if they accept it.

In the second letter, Iqbal reveals that he considers the Hindu Mahasabha to be the real representative of the Hindu masses (though Congress had just swept the provincial elections), and that the only way to keep the peace in India was through division.

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