Jinnah defeated Mr. Gandhi and Received a Great Honor
A Precious Letter
There was a time when I can agree to you upon communicating in my mother tongue (Gujarati). Today I’m daring to write a letter in the same language. I requested you to meet me when I was in jail. The day I am released from jail till now, you wrote no letter to me. But today my heart says I should write a letter to you. Whenever you want, meet me. Do not consider me the enemy of Islam and Muslims. I am yours-truly and friend of the whole world. Please, do not embarrass me.
Also, I’m enveloping Urdu translated copy of this letter for you.
24 July 1944
Muhammad Ali Jinnah Replied
Dear Mr. Gandhi,
The letter you sent on the 24th of July that I’ve received on the 26th of July. I appreciate that. When I will back from Srinagar, Kashmir to Mumbai, I would be honored to meet with you at my home. And this is likely in the mid of August. I hope till the time your health will be improved and you’ll also be coming to Mumbai. I cannot say anything before we had a meeting.
I really felt great after reading news about your health that you are getting better very quickly. And I am confident that you will get well completely.
Gandhi was Playing on both ENDS
While Mr. Gandhi was writing the letter to Jinnah right after he wrote a letter to Gelder as well. In fact, Mr. Gandhi was trying to meet viceroy and with the members of the working committee, the committee that passes the political demands thorough Gelder in front of the viceroy. Gandhiji did the same thing such as two years earlier congress did this to Sir Stafford Cripps. In contradiction of all the objectives of Muslims and they did this without acknowledging Mr. Jinnah. Finally, on 28th July Hind Minister and on 15th of August viceroy snubbed to Mr. Gandhi for the letter he sent to Lord Wavell.
Interaction between M.A. Jinnah and Gandhi
M.A. Jinnah and Gandhiji started their meetings from 9th September. The first meeting between them was quite ineffective- It was like they are going to end now. M.A Jinnah took permission from the Muslim working committee, situated in Lahore to have a talk with Mr. Gandhi. At that time Mr. Gandhi came to Jinnah and said I came to you personally, neither from Congress nor Hindu. Mr. Jinnah said being a president of the Muslim League I’m dedicated to my council’s constitution and policy. I’m representing Muslim leadership and I’ve to be concerned and Mr. Gandhi you are not composed and bound. Neither congress is bound that whatever Gandhi decides and declines, they are supposed to follow. In that situation, Gandhi was unable to carry on the discourse to the Muslim leader Jinnah.
Anyhow, the communication continued between M.A Jinnah and Gandhi till 27th September. But there is no available record of their meetings except those photos in that Gandhi has hugged Jinnah outside the house. Whatsoever nothing got published anywhere about this. But this was a fortunate thing that all discussions between them were available in written form; in shape, they were exchanging letters. These letters were latterly published by All India Muslim League.
Rajagopalachari's Formula of Partition
Mr. Gandhi seconded the formula of Rajagopalachari, and also he offered his own views. Whereas, those views were also constructed on the base of Rajagopalachari’s formula. Rajagopalachari and Mr. Gandhi were agreed upon the partition of Hindustan. Mr. Gandhi never established the view that Hindu and Muslims are the same or one nation. Mr. Gandhi was contented with Rajagopalachari’s formula that in this formula there is a result of Pakistan resolution. MA Jinnah didn’t accept and Gandhi’s claim was false. According to Jinnah, Mr. Gandhi wanted at the maximum level for Lahore resolution only. The result of this brief discussion came out in favor of Jinnah that Mr. Gandhi has agreed upon the principle of the partition of Hindustan. But Mr. Gandhi dragged the discussion and the argument continued for 18 days. Though, it was compiled within two days. At that time that was exposed by definite sources that when Mr. Gandhi sent Gelder as an envoy to Lord Wavell; on the other hand, Gandhi sent a special note to the government of England in that he requested to form a national government. To strengthen his viewpoint he kept on dissenting to build a narrative that viceroy and government of England should believe that the Muslim League and Congress will resolve the matter themself. So, that in the confusion they will accept Gandhi’s plea. And Gandhiji got embarrassed and his note was not taken seriously. Then he vacated his dialogue with Jinnah.
Jinnah Received a Great Honor
Mr. Gandhi once stated in a conversation that letters between me and Jinnah was exchanged at equal in numbers. Never a new letter overlapped with old. And Jinnah told this is not the end of our struggle. The next day this published in the Harbajan that “Muslim League” should refuse to stand behind Jinnah and Muslims would start searching another leadership for them.
With end result of all this effort, the Muslim League’s agenda widen-openly to the world; for that Muslim League was struggling without defining. With that Jinnah’s position got visible in front of Muslims and Jinnah received a great honor.