Jinnah – The personality and a leader

Personality is defined as a person’s characteristic features and qualities. It is a combination of one’s body, mind, character and conduct. Quality of each of these defines your personality.

Time tested traits like integrity, honesty, courage, loyalty and fortitude defines good character which is exhibited through words and actions.

Leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could have.

Selfless, dedicated, charismatic, competent, honest, professional and unimpeachable in his integrity; these are just some of the words that have been used to describe the personality of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Jinnah, a man of principles, set very high standards and values in politics. He never compromised on principles. Gutter politics was not his style. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s statesmanship lay in his two traits; Firstly his rational approach towards politics, and secondly his keen knowledge of objective ground realities, however awkward or complex, he made the right choice at the right moment. He was no doubt one of the most charismatic leaders in recent history.

”Character, courage, industry and perseverance are the four pillars on which the whole edifice of human life can be built and failure is a word unknown to me.”– Jinnah’s life philosophy.

His personal qualities, magnificent personality and his commitment to the cause of Pakistan had deep impact and had won him popularity all over the world.

Jinnah was without question one of the most dynamic individuals who has been admired not only by foreign historians but also as well as those who opposed his goals for a separate ountry. His brilliance and intellect surpassed many others and his thought processes have been more keenly studied and appreciated by International historians as well as locally.

Stanley Wolpert, eminent US historian and biographer of Jinnah, wrote in his book “Jinnah of Pakistan”: “Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Muhammad Ali Jinnah did all three”.

Otto von Bismarck, the famous German Chancellor, said: “Man cannot create the current of events. He can only float with it and steer.” Jinnah’s statecraft fulfils this test by skilfully and successfully steering the adverse current of events during 1946 and bringing the tattered Muslim ship, safe and sound ashore within a year.

One of the most prolific and controversial writers of British India, Saadat Hassan Manto wrote in his book, Jinnah Sahib: “As in billiards, he would examine the situation from every angle and only move when he was sure he would get it right the first time.”

Jawaharlal Nehru India’s first Prime minister and Jinnah’s long-time political adversary while reflecting on Jinnah described him as ”One of the most extraordinary men in history.”

We have the honour of knowing this man of graceful personality and wisdom as our leader, whom we affectionately called Quaid-e-Azam. A leader and a constitutionalist, who used the weapons of unity, faith and discipline to achieve his objective, without raising the sword.

“I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right”.

A modern Muslim leader who has spent his life fighting for a kind of Islam which showed respect for law, for the rights of women and of minorities – things which the Prophet Mohammed himself insisted upon.”

The light this great man has left behind lies on the path for our guidance.

On the 143rd birthday of the dear father of the nation, I will end with a message from the Quaid who is in our memories forever.

1. “The weak and the defenceless in this world invite aggression from others. The best way we can serve peace is by removing the temptation from the path of those who think we are weak and, for that reason, they can bully or attack us. That temptation can only be removed if we make ourselves so strong that nobody dares entertain any aggressive designs against us. Pakistan has come to stay and no power on earth can undo Pakistan”.

Address at the time of launching ceremony of PNS ‘Dilawar’ on (23 January 1948)

2. There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There are great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women. No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men
Speech at Islamia College for women (25 March 1940)

3. My message to you all is of hope, courage, and confidence. Let us mobilize all our resources in a systematic and organized way and tackle the grave issues that confront us with grim determination and discipline worthy of a great nation.
Eid-ul-Azha Message to the Nation (24 October 1947)

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