Quaid e Azam was born on the 25th of December, and went on to become the founder of the nation. In honour of his birthday, we’ve decided to look back at an iconic collection of photographs that attempt to capture the full essence of his enigmatic personality.
After becoming the youngest ‘Indian’ student to be called to the Bar on April 29, 1896, at Lincoln’s Inn (London), Mr Jinnah moved to Bombay and began working as a lawyer. Within a few years, he became one of the leading lawyers in the subcontinent.
This image in particular reminds us of an event involving Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Lord Mountbatten and his wife. Lord Mountbatten proposed that Quaid-i-Azam be photographed with Lord and Lady Mountbatten. As the etiquette of the time dictated, it was customary for the lady to stand between the two gentlemen. So he told Lady Mountbatten: “Now you will be photographed as the rose between the two thorns”.
But Mountbatten insisted that Jinnah should stand in the middle and when Quaid-i-Azam obliged, Mountbatten said to him: “Now you are the rose between two thorns.”
Mr Jinnah was welcomed by Khawaja Nazimuddin when he arrived at the Governor-General House in Dhaka. This was Mr Jinnah’s first visit to East Pakistan as Governor-General, which turned out to be his last as well.
May 1946: Portrait of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Pres. of India’s Muslim League, dressed in Western-style suit, in the study of his palacial home.