From a book, "Verdict on India" by Beverly Nichols, written in 1944.
Must read this!!CHAPTER III
DIALOGUE WITH A GIANT
The most important man in Asia is sixty-seven, tall, thin, and elegant, with a monocle on a grey silk cord,and a stiff white collar, which he wears in the hottest weather. He suggests a gentleman of Spain, adiplomat of the old school; one used to see his like sitting in the window of the St. James's Club, sippingContrexe-ville while he read Le Temps, which was propped against a Queen Amxe toast rack stackedwith toast Melba.I have called Mr. Jinnah the most important man in Asia. That was to ensure that you kept him spotlightin your mind. Like all superlatives the description is open to argument, but it is not really so far from thetruth. India is likely to be the world's greatest problem for some years to come, and Mr. Jinnah is in aposition of unique strategic importance. He can sway the battle this way or that as he chooses. His 100million Muslims will march to the left, to the right, to the front, to the rear at his bidding, and at nobodyelse's, that is the point. It is not the same in the Hindu ranks. If Gandhi goes, there is always Nehru, orRajagopalacharriya or Patel or a dozen others. But if Jinnah goes, who is there?By this I do not mean that the Muslim League would disintegrate
it is far too homogeneous and virile abody
but that its actions would be incalculable. It might run completely off the rails, and chargethrough India with fire and slaughter; it might start another war. As long as Jinnah is there, nothing likethis will happen.And so, you see. a great deal hangs on the grey silk cord of that monocle.I first met him on December 18th, 1943. He said he could give me half an hour, and gave me nearlythree. In that space of time he surveyed a very wide field; the gist of his remarks, however, the livingessence, is in the following dialogue, which he has been good enough to edit.Here we are then, sitting in a quiet room looking out on to a garden, discussing one of the mostimportant problems in the world, with the man most competent to solve it.iiSELF... The most common accusation of your critics is that you have not defined Pakistan with sufficientprecision
that there are many details of defence, economics, minorities, etc., which you have leftdeliberately vague. Do you think that is a just criticism?Jinnah... It is neither just nor intelligent, particularly if it is made by an Englishman with any knowledgeof his own history. When Ireland was separated from Britain, the document embodying the terms of separation was approximately ten lines. Ten, hues of print to settle a dispute of incredible complexity