Jal R. Patel
Born(1910-10-21)October 21, 1910

Jal Ratanji Patel was an Indian physician, who attended to Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan,[1] during the years the latter was being treated for Tuberculosis.[2] Patel, who was born into a Parsi family,[3] kept Jinnah's disease a secret which had impact on the Partition of India. In his book Freedom at Midnight, Dominique Lapierre claimed that Patel had handed over a confidential file pertaining to Jinnah,[4] and that Patel kept his patient's condition a secret on the patient's advice.[5] The Government of India awarded Patel Padma Bhushan, the third highest Indian civilian award, in 1962.[6]


  1. ^ Singh, Jaswant (2010). Jinnah : India, partition, independence. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195479270. OCLC 611042665.
  2. ^ Date, Vidyadhar (21 August 2002). "Jinnah portrayed as anti-hero". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ Newspaper, the (27 May 2013). "Jinnah's doctor a Zoroastrian". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Jinnah Zoroastiran Community". www.parsinews.net. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  5. ^ M. Naeem Qureshi (10 September 2015). "11 September 1948: Death Anniversary of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah". Youlin Magazine. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Padma Awards". Padma Awards. Government of India. 17 May 2018. Archived from the original on 15 October 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.