American historian, Indologist, and author on the political and intellectual history of modern India and Pakistan, popular in Pakistan for his books on Quaid-i-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Stanley Wolpert died in California last month. He was 91.
In his long career as an author, teacher and political commentator, Prof Wolpert published 15 books, including four novels, but the one that made him a must read in Pakistan is Jinnah of Pakistan, published in 1982. It is among the best biographies of the Quaid. “Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three,” wrote Prof. Wolpert while introducing Mr. Jinnah.
Mr Wolpert was born on Dec 23, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York and died peacefully on Feb 19 at his son Adam’s home in California. He was recognised across the globe as a major expert on South Asian studies. He is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 65 years, sons Daniel and Adam and daughters-in-law Debra and Katy, and his grandchildren Sam, Max and Sabine.
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17 November, 2019