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The rate of growth of each creature is different and when the sudden spurt in growth would happen, is not predictable with absolute certainty. I am talking of not the PHYSICAL GROWTH but of the MENTAL PERCEPTIONS, which are closely related to our altered priorities and circumstances.

Mr.Mohammed Ali Jinnah was a non issue in India, till Shri. L.K.Advani started a political debate. He made a visit to Pakistan and like the Buddha, who sat under the Bodhi tree and got enlightened, Shri.L.K.Advani realized, contrary to popular belief, one fine day that Mr.Jinnah was not as bad as he was painted to be.

The then leadership of  the RSS did not appear to take to that kindly, and Shri.Advani had to be less effusive about his praise for Mr. Jinnah. And he cooled off.

There are opinion makers who pick up bits and pieces of FACTS that suit their prejudiced opinion, and buttress those cherry-picked facts, to construct an acceptable argument and unleash it on the so called literate (but not erudite) masses through their instruments- such as history books, documentary films, radio news, magazines, TV programmes etc.. These opinions get bandied about through the half-baked intellect of those masses and get converted to INCONTROVERTIBLE FACTS.

In INDIA we hate FACTS. Especially, FACTS which in our perception might turn out to be inconvenient to our PROGRESS and HIERARCHIFICATION. We as a nation have been fed with the dark side of  Mr.Jinnah- that he wanted to divide India and walk away with a Muslim state. But now the time has come where a fresh debate has risen as to whether his hand was forced!!

It has RISEN from the BJP. Earlier, Jinnah was seen as the greatest threat  but now it seems that some persons in BJP have realized that they could destroy the HALO surrounding the heads of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and Pandit Nehru only by pitting the resurrected FACTS relating to Mr. Jinnah against them.

There was this friend of mine from the advertising profession who was besotted with the image of Jinnah. That the role of Jinnah was played in the movie GANDHI by Mr. Alyque Padamsee, added to his fascination. This was in the year 1989. I used to be furious and let down , all because a Hindu Indian was a fan of Mr.Jinnah. I went thru my history books and there was no mention that Mr. Jinnah had defended Bal Gangadhar Tilak in a sedition case successfully, that he did consider the Muslim League communal initially, that he refused to be knighted by Lord Reading, as that would have reflected his stature as a true NATIONALIST and SECULARIST. These facts could be stated as unimportant therefore left out. But i am unable to accept that line, as the history books have given inflated opinions about half-heroes, which are more banal than those mentioned above.

One needs to spend nearly 20 years in utter ignorance, before the political heavyweights feel the prick in their conscience and decide to bring the facts to light.

I am terribly indebted to WIKIPEDIA for the removal of the ignorance my history teachers had inflicted me with. They had blinded me from seeing the facts and fixed a false image in my retina. At least, there are liberal voices which advocate FACTS to be placed as it is, so that the future generations do not wallow in half-truths and painted lies.

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