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Tuesday, November 10, 2009 07:23:53 PM,
Audio:Maulana Azad's historic
address to the Indian Muslims from Jama Masjid after the
Maulana Azad as Freedom Fighter: It is
significant that all these moves and various political
activities of Azad were initiated before the emergence of
Gandhiji on the political horizon. Advent of Gandhiji into the
National Movement and Azad's meeting with him had crucial
bearing on the future course of the...Click
Maulana Azad as distinguished writer: Azad
started writing poems and literary and political articles for
Urdu Newspapers and journals at a very early age. He launched
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Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
Preacher of Peace
Azad was opposed to the partition of the country on the basis of the
religion and believed the partition would create more problems than
His devotion to Indian National Movements was the result of the new...Click
held a position unique in several ways. He was emotionally and
intellectually close to both — Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru. He was
closely associated with crucial decision making since the twenties.
With the dawn of freedom in 1947, his was a natural choice to be in
the Cabinet- He was the Minister of Education during 1947-52, and
Minister of Education, Natural Resources and Scientific Research
from 1952-58. His influence on the process of policy making was
immense. He was Nehru's, comrade-in-arms during the days of the
freedom movement and was-one of his closest confidante and adviser
in the Cabinet.
Maulana Azad was
a great educationist too. His standing as an outstanding scholar of
Oriental learning was demonstrated in moulding the educational
system of the country in the immediate post-independence years. It
was he who established the University Grants Commission and launched
the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) which has now come
up to play a significant role in the academic growth of the country.
The three Academies- Sahitya Academy, Lalit Kala Academy and
SangeetNatak Academy— topromote art, music and literature were his
ideas. He assisted Pandit Nehru in setting up the Indian Council of
Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and many a chain of
Science Laboratories in India.
As the Minister
for Education he insisted that both the Union and the States must
share responsibility in promotion of education. He appointed the
University Education Commission in 1948 and Secondary Education
Commission in 1952. Between 1947 and 1958, on his initiative the
budgetary allocation for Education was raised fifteen fold.
A leader is
defined as a person who knows the way, who shows the way and who
goes the way, Azad was one of those who went the way carrying his
people with him and thus obtained a legendary fame in his lifetime
itself, a feat earned by only a few statesmen. At a time when it was
in the understanding of most Muslims of India that it is an offence
against religion to be both a nationalist and a Muslim, Maulana Azad
showed us how one could be both at one and the same time. His
greatest contribution perhaps lies in the fact that he was chief
instrumental in converting a passive and sometimes collaborationist
section of the Indian society to become a very active and vocal
opponent of the British Raj.
assessment of Maulana Azad's contribution to Modern India will not
be complete unless we look into the manner in which he reached out
to his co-religionists during the freedom movement and after the
advent of freedom and persuaded them to play a constructive role in
shaping the destiny of the newly liberated State. It is here that
the relevance of his religious philosophy, his standing as an
inspiring writer and scholar and the philosophical basis of his
nationalist outlook come.
reflect a synthesis of his political nationalist philosophy and his
religious philosophy based on secularism. Though they are saturated
with a religious fervor it is easy to discern the secular message
from between the lines. He wanted discern the secular message from
between the lines. He wanted to act as scholar dissemination ideas
through the instrumentality of his writings, among the Muslim
religious teachers whom he regarded as natural leaders. He thought
that it was the educated class that ought to be educated first so
that they could influence the behavior of the general public.
Maulan Azad was
a patriot, a leader, a philosopher-statesman and a great scholar. By
a profound learning and “luminous intelligence" he did a real good
job for Islam, by clearing it of the dust of prejudice and bigotry
which had gathered up on it during the eleven hundred years of its
history in India. He was a rightful inheritor of all the thought
movements of the past. In the unfolding of his intellectual life and
in the evolution of his thought, we find staged the whole history of
Islamic thought. He was one of the very few acquainted with the
philosophies of India and had deep insight into the various
religions of the world and could isolate the real and essential from
Azad's unique intellectual achievements, Pandit Nehru said, “…..He
was great in many ways. He combined in himself the greatness of the
past with the greatness of the present. He always reminded me of the
great men of several hundred years ago about whom I have read in
history, the great men of the Renaissance, or in a later period the
encyclopaedists who proceeded the French Revolution, men of
intellect and men of action. He remembered also of what might be
called the great quality of olden days - the graciousness which we
sadly seek in the world today….It was the strange and unique of the
good qualities of the past, the graciousness, the deep learning and
toleration and the urges of today which made Maulan Azad what he
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