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By:Ather Sunar, Jhelum
Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 7:20 pm


The Jinnah Anthology 4th Edition which was published by Lightstone Publishers (Pvt) Limited has had a twenty year journey from the 1st Edition published in 1999 concurrently with the Film Jinnah and the 4th Edition published in 2019 at Karachi. The 2nd and 3rd Editions were published by Oxford University Press, the 2nd Edition being launched at the Pakistan High Commission in London where the slogan of “Jinnah’s Pakistan” was raised by Mr. Liaquat Merchant.

The Jinnah Anthology a unique book labeled as the best reference book on Jinnah is now available for sale at all leading book stores across Pakistan and also online. It is an ideal book for Pakistanis including those residents abroad as it provides a link with Pakistan, the reasons behind its creation and why the idea of Pakistan will never die.

The Jinnah Anthology is an ideal book for Historians, Scholars, Students and the casual reader. It is a Collector’s item and the 4th Edition is the last in this series which started in 1999 with all earlier editions sold off. This book is intended primarily to be a source of inspiration for the general reader. It aims to re-emphasize Jinnah’s vision and principles relating to democracy, justice, equality, integrity, honesty, supremacy of the rule of law and rights of women and minorities, it documents the Quaid’s life, his work and achievements.

The collection of previously published and new articles by well-known academics, historians and analysts along with the collection of various speeches delivered by Jinnah between 1911 and 1947 make it an invaluable source of information for academics, researchers, historians, undergraduate and graduate students alike. The book is divided into fourteen sections, including essays, excerpts from books on the freedom movement, speeches, quotes, articles, personal recollections, tributes, historical documents and an invaluable chapter of Quotes from the Quaid. The speeches are unavailable in any other publications and therefore prove to be invaluable.

Jinnah Anthology is a study of Muhammad Ali Jinnah from multifarious perspectives- a lawyer, parliamentarian, Indian nationalist, Congress leader, Muslim League leader, ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity, politician, statesman, visionary and liberator. He became Quaid-e-Azam to his people when, in the words of his famous biographer and historian Professor Stanley Wolpert, he changed the course of history, altered the map of the world and created a Nation-State, a triple achievement which hardly anyone can be credited for achieving in a lifetime (Jinnah of Pakistan – Professor Stanley Wolpert).

Several books on Jinnah have been written in the past but this book is unique in its own way with records, personal reflections on his life, biography, history and judicial pronouncements, all rolled into one. It will not only be of interest to scholars and historians but to students and young Pakistanis resident both within and outside Pakistan as some of the material in the book has never been published and, if published, was out of reach of the general reader.

According to Liaquat H. Merchant, it is not easy to understand Jinnah as he was looked at differently by different people. But all he wanted for the Muslims was political and economic independence where the Muslims would have equality, liberty and justice and would be free from British exploitation and Hindu domination. Jinnah claimed for the Muslims of the sub-continent a place under the Indian sun where they could live, achieve progress and prosperity, practice their religious beliefs and become a political and financially viable state in the comity of Nations.

The book also has various photographs from Jinnah’s both personal and professional life, personal recollections of contemporaries. Impression of Jinnah by people has always been inspiring. While the author of the famous book “Verdict on India” Beverly Nicholas called Jinnah the ‘most important man in Asia’, Aga Khan III called him the most remarkable statesman ranking Jinnah higher than Clemenceau, Lloyd George, Churchill, Curzon and Mahatma Gandhi.