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Jinnah became irrelevant after Objectives Resolution" : Interview with Mubarak Ali


"Jinnah became irrelevant after Objectives Resolution" : nterview with Mubarak Ali

Shahid | September 19, 2010 at 10:12 am | Categories: History, Politics | URL: http://wp.me/psTVg-l6

By Mazhar Khan Jadoon
First published in The News on Sunday, August 29, 2010


The News on Sunday: How do you view secularism as having evolved in the particular case of India where the kings did not run their empires on the clergy's instructions but according to political exigencies?
Mubarak Ali: Secularism has been in evolution since medieval times and if you go back to the ancient Ashoka period in India, you will find the ruling pattern to be entirely secular. It was a requirement for all the empires in India, including the Mughal Empire, to be secular and tolerant towards different religions under their rule. Ghauris, Mughals, Durranis and all other emperors had to opt for a secular approach to keep their vast dynasties intact. Clergy was not allowed to interfere in state matters and all the decisions were taken according to practical political exigencies. Allauddin Khilji was one of the great rulers of India who did tremendous welfare work for his people. Once he asked the Qazi whether his acts were according to Shariah or not. The Qazi said no. Khilji told Qazi, "I am illiterate and I don't know whether my acts are according to Shariah or not, but what I am sure of is that I work for the betterment of my people."Read more of this post

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