Dina Wadia, the only daughter of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Rattanbai Petit, passed away in New York on Thursday, sources in Mumbai and New York confirmed. She was 98 years old.
Jinnah had raised Dina alone after his separation from Rattanbai and her subsequent demise. He loved her deeply, but their relationship had become strained after Dina fell in love with and married an Indian Parsi named Neville Wadia at the age of 17.
Dina and Neville lived in Mumbai and had two children, a boy and a girl, before the couple divorced. Dina had first visited Pakistan in 1948, when the year-old country had lost its founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
The last time she visited Pakistan was in 2004, accompanied by her son, Nasli Wadia, and grandchildren, Jehangir and Ness.
Dina Wadia was born on the night between August 14 and 15 in 1919.
“She made a dramatic entry into the world, announcing her arrival when her parents were enjoying a movie at a local theatre in London.
“Oddly enough, precisely 28 years to the day and hour before the birth of Jinnah’s other offspring, Pakistan,” acclaimed historian Stanely Wolpert wrote in his book Jinnah of Pakistan.
Condolences poured in immediately after the news of Wadia’s demise broke. Politicians and activists took to the microblogging site Twitter to offer their condolences.
Saddened to learn of the death of our Quaid's daughter Dina Wadia. May her soul rest in peace.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 2, 2017
“I’m deeply saddened at the death of Dina Wadia. My sympathies are with the bereaved family” @CMShehbaz
— Govt Of The Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab) November 2, 2017
Dina Wadia is survived by her son and Wadia Group Chairman Nusli N Wadia, daughter Diana N Wadia, and grandsons Ness and Jeh Wadia, said the statement issued in Mumbai.
The Wadia Group, one of the oldest conglomerates of India, was founded by Sir Lovji Nusserwanjee Wadia in 1736.