In 1940 the All-India Muslim League orchestrated the demand for independent Muslim states in India. Seven years later Pakistan was created amidst a communal holocaust of unprecedented proportions. Concentrating on the All-India Muslim League and its leader, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, The Sole Spokesman assesses the role of religious communalism and provincialism in shaping the movement for Pakistan.
Preface Preface to the paperback edition Introduction 1. Jinnah between the wars 2. Jinnah and the League’s search for survival 3. Jinnah and the Muslim-majority provinces 4. Centre and province: Simla and the elections of 1945–46 5. Jinnah’s ‘Pakistan’ and the Cabinet Mission plan 6. The interim government: Jinnah in retreat 7. The end game: Mountbatten and partition.