The Legacies of Nehru and Jinnah Term Paper

The Legacies of Nehru and Jinnah
An examination of the legacies of Jawaharlal Nehru and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, leaders of India and Pakistan, respectively.
# 145508 | 1,959 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 13, 2010 in History (Leaders) , International Relations (Non-U.S.) , Asian Studies (General)

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This paper examines the legacies of Jawaharlal Nehru and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who were once rulers of India and Pakistan, respectively. The paper explains that the independence of India and Pakistan from British rule constitutes of significant historical importance that may not have happened without the influence of Nehru and Jinnah. The paper discusses the life of each leader, and how events developed throughout the most influential phases of their rule. For example, the paper notes that Jinnah left Pakistan with a realistic perspective of what leadership and government should be in the modern world, and that all people, no matter race, religion, or ethnicity should be equally protected and represented. The paper concludes that an examination of the lives of Jawaharlal Nehru and Muhammad Ali Jinnah reveals the significance of how each leader's philosophy and performance greatly impacted the country and continue to influence both nations today.

From the Paper:

"Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born in a predominantly Muslim area in the city of Karachi, and would become the first leader of Pakistan when it was created in 1947. Jinnah was educated in Karachi as he attended a Muslim managed school, and then later furthered his education and studied law in England. According to Stephen Hay, "Jinnah's legal studies in London developed his keen mind" (Hay, 222). After his admission to the bar in 1896, Jinnah served briefly as a magistrate in Bombay and then went on to practice law. Jinnah's first encounter with political matters began in 1906 when he "acted as the personal secretary to the Congress president for that year" (Hay, 223). In his early political years, Jinnah supported the Indian National Congress and the Hindu-Muslim unity, but soon enough it was his difference of opinion with Congress party leaders such as Gandhi that led him to no longer support Hindu-Muslim unity. Furthermore, continuing in his political interest, Jinnah later became a member of the Muslim League in 1913 to protest against the Hindu majority. Following his membership in the league in 1913, Jinnah moved on to become president of the league in 1916. Jinnah's rise to power in the Muslim League was crucial to the eventual partition of India in 1947."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gandhi, Rajmohan. Political Science Professor: University of Illinois. In-class lecture. September 21, 2010
  • Hardgrave, Robert L., and Stanley A. Kochanek. India: Government and Politics in a Developing Nation. 7 ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing, 2007.
  • Hay, Stephen. Sources of Indian Tradition. Second ed. New York: Columbia University Press, 1988.

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