The Lost Daughter in History Dina Jinnah
Dina Wadia, the only child of Quaid-e-Azam, Mr. Muhammad Ali Jinnah the founder of Islamic republic of Pakistan have passed away on Tuesday, 2 November 2017 at the age of 98 in New York. Dina Wadia also known as Dina Jinnah was from Mr. Jinnah’s second wife Ruttie Bai Jinnah. Ruttie Bai married Mr. Jinnah at the age of 19 in 1918 after which she converted to Islam and named Mariam Jinnah.
Dina Wadia was born in 1919 to Mr. and Mrs Jinnah. Although her father founded the state of Pakistan in 1947 Dina Wadia never preferred to stay in the country. According to Author Sheela Reddy, in her recent book Mr. and Mrs. Jinnah, writes: “A strange flaw in Ruttie’s warm and affectionate personality was that she paid little attention to her only daughter, leaving her at home with nannies and maids.”
Born and resides in London, Dina Wadia married to a Parsi Businessman Neville Wadia after which she was estranged by Quaid-e-Azam. There were family disputes after Mr. Jinnah was informed that her daughter married to a Parsi guy. For Jinnah it was a political embarrassment after that he permanently estranged her.
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Dina made a trip to Pakistan was in 2003 followed by another trip in 2004, the first time since his funeral, to visit Quaid-e-Azam’s grave along with a son and two grandsons Ness Wadia and Jehangir Wadia. After visiting the mausoleum of her father, she wrote “This has been very sad and wonderful for me. May his [Jinnah’s] dream for Pakistan come true?”
In 2007, Dina filed a petition in Mumbai High Court and demanded the authorities to hand over Jinnah’s Mumbai mansion to her. She said that the property cannot be classified as “evacuee property”, as her father had died without leaving behind a will. Quaid-e-Azam’s residence in Mumbai is situated in Malabar Hill. Jinnah mainly lived in his Bombay mansion before the independence and moved to Karachi later on. Jinnah House was built in 1936 and it was vacated by Quaid in 1947.
After partition Dina resides mostly in Bombay before settling permanently in New York. All major politicians and activists of Pakistan and India expressed condolences on Dina’s death.
Rasalaa.pk also pray for her departed soul.
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