A Magnificent Gift: Muslim Nationalism and the Election Process in Colonial Punjab

  title={A Magnificent Gift: Muslim Nationalism and the Election Process in Colonial Punjab},
  author={David Gilmartin},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={415 - 436}
  • D. Gilmartin
  • Published 1 July 1998
  • Sociology
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
In 1940, Muhammad ‘Ali Jinnah, the leader of the Muslim League, first suggested that the Muslims of India were not simply a religious community but a nation. But it was only after the triumph of the Muslim League in winning the overwhelming majority of Muslim seats in the 1946 Indian provincial elections, particularly in the two largest Muslim-majority provinces, Bengal and Punjab, that Jinnah could argue convincingly to others that he, and the Muslim League, represented the voice of that… 
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