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Jinnah s Commitment to Liberalism

Jinnah's Commitment to Liberalism IT is not possible to talk a person into slavery in the English language, a noted Indian liberal V S Srinivasa Sastry, was fond of saying. Long before him, Macaulay had predicted the consequences of British rule in his magnificent peroration when he commended the Government of India Act (popularly known as the Charter Act) to the house of commons on July 10, 1833. "Having become instructed in European knowledge, they may, in some future age, demand European institutions" Not long after came the writings of John Stuart Mill who had been appointed a clerk in the India House in 1823. His influence lasted for decades and even today passage after passage in his books On Liberty (1859) and Considerations on Representative Government (1861) have contemporary relevance. Mill moulded the outlook of a whole generation of Liberals in England as welf as in India.

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