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10- M.A.Jinnah, the greatest leader in centuries
By:Dr Shabbir, Florida
Date: Saturday, 10 March 2018, 12:16 am

Seeing the rising popularity of Jinnah, Gandhi decided to play his antics. One day in 1921, he suddenly threw away his Western dress and wrapped himself in a white cloth ("the half-naked faqir of Churchill"). Hindus started calling him Mahatma, the great soul. Conversely, Jinnah despised any pretensions. One morning in 1944, there were headlines in newspapers that while Gandhi was busy praying to his Murtis of Krishna and Hanuman, a large black snake entered the cottage. Gandhiji was least perturbed and the snake quietly made around its way to exit. Some journalists visited M.A. Jinnah the next morning asking if he had read the headlines. He said, "Yes, I have". They asked him, "Do you believe the snake story, Sir?" Jinnah said, "Yes, I believe it". Now they exclaimed, "How is that possible?" Jinnah calmly replied, "Professional etiquette". The next day, the embarrassed Hindu media wrote editorials about the funny incident and drew cartoons of Gandhi.

Jinnah had always hated pretending. He was well known for his meticulous dress with well-designed suits, neckties, and two-tone shoes. He also used to wear a large British hat. The Indians despised the typically British hat. One day, while he was traveling in a man driven rickshaw with his hat resting on his knees, one of his Muslim aides gently approached him and said, "Quaid-e-Azam! There are thousands of Muslims ahead wanting to greet you and give you a warm welcome. Could you please keep the hat down to make it invisible?" He replied, "Do you want me to be a Gandhi? I will meet with my people as I am. If they find truth in me, they will honor me. Remember, it is your character that draws respect". With that, he put the hat on his head. Those present in Shimla that day never forgot the resounding applause people gave to their great leader.