Do you know about the clash over Quaid-e-Azam bungalow which is located in Mumbai? Why Quaid-e-Azam could not come to Mumbai after partition and stay at the bungalow?
After the partition of India in 1947, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah moved to Pakistan and became the first Governor-General.
However, one of Jinnah’s specialties remained in India and that was Jinnah’s bungalow in Mumbai. There is also a dispute between India and Pakistan over this bungalow, which has been going on for the last 70 years.
Mansion of Quaid-e-Azam
Pakistan asserts its right to this mansion of Quaid-e-Azam and in the eyes of the common citizen of Pakistan, this mansion of Jinnah is a monument to him.
During his stay in this residence, Jinnah had founded Pakistan. He fought for it and that is why Pakistan claims it. But Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s mansion in Mumbai catches India’s eye.
India has declared Jinnah’s bungalow in Mumbai as ‘enemy property’. The building is currently deserted and occupied by the government.
Jinnah’s Bungalow in Mumbai
Jinnah loved Mumbai very much. They returned from England and settled here. He built this magnificent building for his residence.
Jinnah built this bungalow in the style of European bungalows of the time. The name of this bungalow is South Court. The bungalow is located in the Malabar Hills area of south Mumbai.
Jinnah spent about Rs 200,000 in the 1930s to build this sea-facing building.
It has Italian marble and designed by the famous architect Claude Beatle. At the same time, the woodwork is very good. This bungalow was the dream bungalow of Jinnah.
After Partition of India and Pakistan
Quaid-i-Azam thought that after the partition, India-Pakistan relations would be so good. He could come to Mumbai and stay at home for a few days whenever he wanted.
But, as the borderline was drawn between the two countries, the gulf of hearts became higher than the sky and deeper than the sea.
When Quaid-e-Azam came to Pakistan after partition, he wanted his bungalow to be leased to a European. Nehru agreed to this.
But before the treaty to be signed, Muhammad Ali Jinnah had died. Since then, the conflict between India and Pakistan has been raging over this magnificent mansion.