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Write a note on Jinnah-Gandhi Talks 1944.
Jinnah-Gandhi talks 1944:
Gandhi wrote a letter to Quaid-e-Azam (Rahmatullah) in July 1944.
Important Points of Gandhi Letter:
Gandhi wrote: “My heart was asking me to write you a letter. I can meet you when you wish. Don’t think me the enemy of Islam or the Muslims. I am not only the friend and servant of you but the whole world. Don’t Disappoint me.”
Reply of Quaid-e-Azam (Rahmatullah)
In reply to this letter, Quaid-e-Azam (Rahmatullah) proposed the meeting in Mumbai in the mid of August. However, the meeting started in September.
Record of viewpoints:
It was decided in the meeting that instead of verbal discussion, it is better to exchange letters so that the record of the viewpoints of both of the parties may be preserved. In this very meeting, Gandhi said clearly that he represented nobody but himself. He said that he was not meeting with Quaid-e-Azam (Rahmatullah) as a representative of Congress. Quaid-e-Azam (Rahmatullah) objected to it and stressed that unless talks are not held between the representatives of the two nations, he could not hope to reach some positive result.
The talks started from the point of Pakistan Resolution based on the Two-Nation Theory. During the talks, Gandhi refused to accept the Two-Nation Theory.
Proposals made by Gandhi:
After having dialogue and Correspondence with Quaid-e-Azam (Rahmatullah), Gandhi said that although he was not a supporter of the Two-Nation Theory, yet if Muslim League wanted to put Lahore Resolution into practical form, this issue should be delayed. First, they should achieve freedom from the British collectively. Afterwards, Congress and Muslim League may settle the issue of Pakistan mutually.