The author of this book Mr. Sheshrao Chavanhad met me only once. He had come to see me withmy old friend Mr. Prakash Almeida. That was a longmeeting in which we discussed many issues includingpolitics. In the very next visit Mr. Chavan handed overa typed manuscript of his book,
“Mohammad AliJinnah: The Great Enigma”
and requested me to write a Foreword to the book.I am not a politician, nor am I a historian. Of course I have had always keen interest in politics andso I had followed the events that culminated in thepartition of India rather intimately. Perhaps throughour discussion Mr. Chavan got the impression thatbeing a vintage man of 90, which I am, and who spentthe first 20 years of his life in Sind, which I did, Imight be the just right person to write Foreword to hisbook, which I do not think I am! Nevertheless I agreedto Mr. Chavan’s request mainly because the subject isvery dear to me.
My Recllections of Jinnah:
I had the opportunity to see Mr. Jinnah twiceduring the early years of my career as ENT Surgeon, acouple of years before independence. The first time Isaw him was when I was in London for my FRCSexamination. A public meeting was held at the famousPrince Albert Hall to be addressed by Jinnah andLiaqat Ali. I attended that meeting out of curiosity.About 1500 Indians mostly Muslims, had gathered. Assoon as Mr. Jinnah referred to Pakistan in his speech,