Dina Wadia, Jinnah's daughter, is no more

Dina Wadia

Dina Wadia

Bollywood actress Preity Zinta was saddened to hear the demise of Dina Wadia - the daughter of Pakistan's founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah - who passed away on Thursday at her residence in NY aged 98.

"Oddly enough, precisely 28 years to the day and hour before the birth of Jinnah's other offspring, Pakistan", Wolpert wrote in his acclaimed biography on the founder of Pakistan "Jinnah of Pakistan" (1982). One of the photos shows Dina standing with Jinnah and aunt, Fatima. Their marriage, however, lasted for only a few years and Ms Wadia moved to NY after her separation with Neville Wadia. Dina's parents were immersed in their own concerns, and she was a neglected child, said Sheela Reddy, author of Mr and Mrs Jinnah: The Marriage that Shook India. She visited Pakistan upon the death of Jinnah, followed by another trip in 2004, during the Pervez Musharraf regime.

Dina fell in love with and married an Indian Parsi named Neville Wadia at the age of 17. "May his [Jinnah's] dream for Pakistan come true", she had written in the visitor's book at the Quaid-e-Azam's mausoleum in Karachi. Reddy said that Lady Petit was a huge influence on her life, and that Dina only grew close to her mother once Ruttie separated from Jinnah. Another is a painting of Maryam Jinnah, her mother while the third photo shows her father dictating a letter, displaying his "political persona". "This has been very sad as well as wonderful for me". She filed a writ petition in the Bombay HC in 2007. She is survived by her son and Wadia group chairman Nusli, daughter Diana, and grandsons Ness and Jeh, news agency PTI has reported.

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