Quaid-e-Azam’s daughter Dina Wadia is no more

Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s only child Dina Wadia passed away today at 98 years. She was born on 15th August, 1919 and was an Indian citizen.

The Wadias lived in Mumbai and had two children, a boy and a girl. Dina Wadia did not travel to Pakistan until her father's funeral in Karachi in September 1948.

Wadia's relationship with her father became strained when she expressed her desire to marry a Parsi-born Indian Neville Wadia.

Jinnah tried to dissuade her, but failed. Mahommed Ali Currim Chagla, who was Jinnah's assistant at the time, recalls: "Jinnah, in his usual imperious manner, told her that there were millions of Muslim boys in India, and she could have anyone she chose. Reminding her father that his wife (Wadia's mother Rattanbai), had also been a non-Muslim, a Parsi also coincidently, the young lady replied: 'Father, there were millions of Muslim girls in India. Why did you not marry one of them?'

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