The ultimate landmark. A landmark the whole Karachi revolves around. Chance are that you have seen it during a school trip and never came back again. Visit it now. It will be fruitful. You will experience fleeting euphoria and discover a new perspective. Nothing really has changed here since the day you visited. Its you who have become seasoned and wise.
Jinnah. Rehmatullah allah or a Secular? The Founder or a Conspirator? A model for an average Pakistani or a quintessential victorian man? Looked better in a Jinnah cap or his Savile Row suits? Such extremes can hardly help one understand the man adequately. But whether you like him or not, the trip down the Mausoleum is guaranteed to move you.
Expect it to be jam-packed on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It offers quite a few attractions to make poor man’s day out. From vast open lawns to street hawker’s Ice Candy, lemonade and dahi baray, it offers something for everyone in the family. The area comes under Navy’s jurisdiction and you will find plenty of Navy Jawans standing around. Guards changing ceremony is a regular excitement. People encircle the sarcophagus leaving only enough room for Navy Jawans to maneuver. People flock in once the ceremony is over. They say their prayers and move on, making way for others. It goes on. The whole day. At the back of the mausoleum is an exciting but poorly run museum where Jinnah’s belongings are kept. It suffers badly from load shedding and they don’t seem to have a backup generator.
On a Sunday, you have to compete with others to get a good look into each showcase. There is a hint of pride on everyone’s face. They feel proud to be associated with Mr. Jinnah. It is astonishing that Jinnah still makes sense to common people. Mullah, Military and corrupt politician, all of them have to ‘step’ down to mingle with public. They have to mimic common man’s attire or speak lingua franca. They have to make a conscious effort to appear part of public. Lose originality. Mr. Jinnah never did that. And he still made sense to his people. His fierce integrity and intellect made him the hope of muslims of undivided India. His struggle against all odds inspire people even today. He is still relevant.
Long Live Jinnah. Long Live Pakistan.