The strongest is the one who shows strength in front of everyone and wins the battle no one of us know about. There are secrets that we all keep in our daily life; some keep them to lie, some for power and others for money, but there are some secret which build a nation, which ignite the fire of freedom.
Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, in their book Freedom at Midnight, argue regarding the partition of India – the reasons only known to them.
The knowledge of the leader’s demise would have broken the will of the whole nation. Just one year before the Independence of Pakistan, it was a hot summer afternoon of 1946, when Dr. J.A.L Patel first diagnosed the tuberculosis of the most influential political and public figure of Subcontinent; Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Jinnah was an unfortunate victim of tuberculosis, and rather not a nominal one. When he was released from hospital, his physician Dr. J.A.L Patel brought him to his office and suggested to reduce his work load, rest much more, give up the habit of fifty cigarettes a day and ease the pressure on himself, as he did not have more than one or two years to live.
Nothing except the death was going to turn him from the task to which he had dedicated, a task of leading the Muslims of sub-continent at a very critical journey of the history. If the news of his illness had gone out, there was a possibility that those in opposition to Jinnah’s Pakistan would have stopped or delayed the entire process, until he was too ill or had passed away. Without his iron strong will, it would have been much easier to convince his followers that partition is just another failed attempt to freedom.
With extraordinary courage and willpower, with intense zeal that sent his life’s candle guttering out in a last harsh burst of flame; Jinnah lunged for his lifetime’s goal to gave the Muslims of sub-continent their own country, where they can live with their religious beliefs and Islamic culture. Still there is a dilemma associated with the cause of death of Jinnah, but a secret which keeps the hope alive, he build a nation and formed a country which is now the Islamic Super Power of the world. It is undoubtedly the best kept political secret of the 20th century.
The Quaid was seventy-one when Pakistan was born. His hard and difficult life came to an end on 11th September 1948. It was said afterwards:
“Gandhi died by the hands of an assassin; Jinnah died by his devotion to Pakistan.”