My Hero In History
No Great Man lives in vain.
The history of the world is but
the biography of great men.
A hero is a person who is admired and appreciated for his courage, outstanding and exceptional achievements and noble qualities. There are many figures in history that stood head and shoulder above other men and women of their generations. They have altered the course of nations, re-written history in the light of their achievements and many have even influenced our modern way of life in novel ways. They are highly influential individuals who due to their charisma, intelligence, wisdom or political skills utilized their noble power in a way that had a decisive historical impact. They stay alive through to triumph and etch their names in the golden books of history.
“The hero is one who kindles
A great light in the world,
Who sets up blazing torchers in
the dark streets of life for men to
Love for great men is quite natural to man because history is determined by them. The man who does not admire great men has no right to claim greatness for himself. Great men are not born daily. Humanity has to wait centuries for them. Such men change the course of events and provide new channels to history. Their lives inspire us to great deeds. A poet has rightly said,
The lives of great men all remind us,
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us,
Footprints on the sand of time.” A hero is a man of great character. He has great courage, control and guts to lead others. Of all the heroes of the world, I am charmed by the towering personality of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, known as Quaid E Azam for he truly was a Quaid in every sense of the word. He is the man who gave a new course to the Indian history by bringing a peaceful revolution and creating Pakistan with his selfless, sincere and untiring efforts. I can assert that Jinnah was the only Muslim in India to whom the community had a right to look up for safe guardian. He was a soul thirsted for service in a body that was worn out by overwork and ill health.
Jinnah was born in Karachi on December 25, 1876 in a merchant family. He got elementary education from a local Maktab, passed his matriculation examination at the age of sixteen and then proceeded to England for higher studies. From there, he obtained the degree of Law and returned home in 1896. He started practice as a lawyer, first in Karachi and then in Bombay. He worked so hard that soon he was ranked among the great lawyers of Bombay.
In 1910, he was elected in the Indian Legislative Council. He joined the Indian National Congress and began to struggle for the Hindu Muslim unity. When he saw that the Hindus were selfish and could not tolerate the Muslims, he left the Congress and joined the Muslim League. In 1913, he loved and married Ratan Bai, the daughter of Sir Dinsha Petit. In 1916, he worked hard and the Lucknow pact between the Congress and the Muslim league was signed. According to this pact, separate electorate for the Muslims was admitted. Now Quaid e Azam began to make efforts to safeguard the rights of the Muslims.
In 1940, he was elected the president of the Muslim League. Under his Presidency, the Muslim League passed the Pakistan Resolution. Then, he began to make efforts for a separate homeland for the Muslims. He made long tours of the country and fanned the flame of freedom in the hearts of people. He worked incessantly for his cause day and night. He had to face two enemies i.e. the British and the Hindus. He foiled the schemes of both by outwitting them so much that they had to agree to the partition of India and the establishment of a separate sovereign state i.e. Pakistan.
On 14 August, 1947 Pakistan appeared on the map of the world. It was a great success for Quaid e azam but he showed no sign of arrogance rather he was humble. After creation, this newly born state was surrounded by a host of problems. She had a scattered army, little resources, no industries and not even a flag. Quaid e azam had to work by the sweat of his brow to stabilize it. Quaid e azam was physically weak and thin but he had a strong will power and devotion to struggle for his ambition. His health was not good but he did not care much and worked day and night to materialize his dream. This continuous over work told upon his health. He could not make Pakistan as strong as he had dreamt. The bad luck for the Pakistanis was that they were deprived of their unique leader on September 11, 1948.
It is said,
“Personality is to man what perfume is to flower.”
Quaid e azam was a good orator. He made his audience spellbound with his impressive speech. He was a fearless and shrewd politician. He was a courageous person. His standing point had been convincing and justifiable. He believed in the policy of “work, work and work”.
Quaid e azam became the first governor general of Pakistan but he was not satisfied with the future of this land. He always addressed and advised the students and nation to work honestly for the progress of the country. He wanted to see Pakistan free of injustice, repression and poverty. He believed in “Unity, faith and discipline” for the uplift of the nation. He spent his whole life for the achievement of an independent country. Now it is our duty to continue that struggle which Quaid e azam started.