Where is “Azad” ? The adopted pen name of the freedom fighter Abul Kalam that once was the rallying cry for the liberation of Indians echoing in the streets of Calcutta.
A valiant freedom fighter, an outstanding debater, a national leader of Gandhi ji’s stature, his name Abul Kalam literally translates to “lord of dialogue” who brought Calcutta to the national prominence through his freedom movements and literary revolutions is today thrown in the garbage bin by Mamta Banarjee and his “Mahagathbandhan” brigade. What a shameless display of insidious communalism by the so called defenders of democracy and secularism.
A Muslim by religion, Maulana was a leading figure in India’s struggle for freedom and an acclaimed writer, poet and journalist. He opposed the partition of Bengal in 1905. Azad was the face of communal harmony in modern India and he established the Indian Institute of Technology and also contributed to the foundation of the University Grant Commission. Azad became active in journalism in his teens. In 1912, he began publishing a weekly Urdu-language newspaper in Calcutta, called Al-Hilal (“The Crescent”).
The paper gained much attention and it vastly influenced the Indian community for its anti-British attitude. The British authorities banned Al-Hilal along with another paper that he started and banished him to Ranchi, which is in present day Jharkhand. He remained there till 1920, only to come back to Calcutta again to resume his freedom movements. Calcutta is today’s Kolkata in the grips of TMC which has erased the man from history entirely, deleting him from online archives and photographs. This extreme measure makes it “the largest deletion” carried out by any west Bengal government ever. The process of Azad’s subtle and gradual elimination from the history of Bengal is taking place under the edifices of TMC headed by Ms Mamta Banarjee who has otherwise succeeded in fooling the largely poor Muslims of west Bengal into believing her pseudo-secularist propaganda.
The picture below gives a candid view of how smartly has Mamta Banarjee got the statue of Azad, the first union education minister of India defiled and erased conveniently putting the blame on to the unfounded Hindutva miscreants.
It must be noted that Maulna Abul Kalam Azad was inspired by Gandhi and was an active supporter of the latter’s non-violence, civil disobedience and non-cooperation movement. Unlike other Muslim leaders, he condemned communal separation advocated by Muhammad Ali Jinnah and other Muslim leaders and also opposed the need for the separate electorate as demanded by Muslims of the sub-continent. Under Nehru administration, he also served as India’s first Minister of Education from 1947 to 1958.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan and his companions voiced strongly against Azad’s conflicting opinion regarding communal separation and jeered at him by calling him ‘Muslim Lord Haw-haw’ and ‘Congress Showboy’.
The United India Rally like Jinnah’s is a cleverly planned propaganda event by TMC with the sole intention of side-lining the Muslims by wiping their most towering leader out of history. With Maulana Azad erased from existence, the Muslims of India will have no other choice but to bank on whatever nonsense is served to them by the so called opposition in the name of the imaginary secularism a phrase only found in the pages of the constitution of India.