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The other instance was the statement he gave in the press conference on July 10, ; about the Cabinet mission Plan, which disappointed Jinnah and League Azad informs us that as Home minister, Sardar Patel was responsible for law and order situation in the wake of the communal riots after partition but failed to pay attention to the complaints that Muslims were being slaughtered in thousands. Feb 11, Ashok Vishnoi rated it it was amazing.
A Nation In Making 4. Add 3 Items to Cart. I am recommending every Indian should read this book. Here in this book he is revealing untold story of India's partition,a black mark in the history of India. A historical blunder that occured because of the British policy of 'divide and rule' and some aristocrats greed for political power. Georgekutty m v Certified Buyer 8 Sep, While the book is a first-person account, it is a fairly easy read and gets really interesting when Maulana talks about his impressions of his close colleagues such as Gandhiji, Nehru, Patel, Rajendra Prasad etc.
Some of the comments, released 30 years after his death as per his wishes, are definitely controversial. They also provide new insights into the personal relationships as well as on Maulana's perceptions on how things could have been if some serious mistakes had not been committed Vimal Pannala Certified Buyer 28 Mar, This covers matter relevant to the last decade of India's Independence movement from the outbreak of WW It is very simple to read, and in places gives a honest assessment of healthy difference between the leaders of the freedom struggle. The other instance was the statement he gave in the press conference on July 10, ; about the Cabinet mission Plan, which disappointed Jinnah and League.
Azad informs us that as Home minister, Sardar Patel was responsible for law and order situation in the wake of the communal riots after partition but failed to pay attention to the complaints that Muslims were being slaughtered in thousands. Musaic books Place of Publication: Abul Kalam Azad Reviewed by Abdur Rahman India wins freedom is a political autobiography of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad beginning with the introduction of the government of India act by the British India and the events leading to the partition of the Subcontinent. The other instance was the statement he gave in the press conference on July 10, ; about the Cabinet mission Plan, which disappointed Jinnah and League Azad informs us that as Home minister, Sardar Patel was responsible for law and order situation in the wake of the communal riots after partition but failed to pay attention to the complaints that Muslims were being slaughtered in thousands.
Next The Discovery of India. This book also reflect difference in the understanding of Congress leaders, Gandhi's mistakes and his diminishing influence in congress politics, Jawaharlal blunders and weakness, Sardar Patel's prejudices with Muslim and hold him as one of the man responsible for partition. Oct 09, Akshay rated it it was amazing. One of the most profound and intellectually brilliant writing emanating from India's foremost leader of freedom struggle.
A scholar par excellence Maulana Azad writes the book without heaps of lofty wordings. This is an easy reading but context and depth of thoughts, the prophecies of time and genuine emotions reflect a treasure trove of struggle and great ideas.
A must read for every Indian and every one who wants to understand India. May 13, Anil Swarup rated it really liked it. An unsung hero of India's struggle for independence.
He felt strongly about certain issues and his thoughts were at variance with those of his contemporaries but he never flinched and stood his ground. The autobiography brings out the "Azad" that he was during his life time. Still learning a lot. I am staying fascinated through knowing the story of India's freedom, the process through which it was achieved, the differences and agreement and ideologies and opinions of the great men of the gestation times A very unapologetic account which makes no attempt at being diplomatic.
Having been the Congress President during extremely critical years, Maulana Azad provides a real picture of the Indian situation during the s. I must say, he does have a weakness for self praise though! Jul 16, Vishnu Mishra rated it it was amazing. Best book I have found that gives the information in a crude complete and in its true form.
Aug 16, Naveen rated it really liked it. Hats off to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad: May 06, Balaji Sankara Moorthy rated it it was amazing. First off, Maulana Azad as i and many others would like to call him fondly has become an unsung hero of modern India over the years and it is, in truth, sad and deplorable that our academic texts on history hardly sheds light on this great personality whose contribution to the building of India was no less, if not more, than that of Gandhi's, Nehru's, Patel's or anyone's for that matter.
One cannot fail to understand that Nehru and Patel, though their contribution in the making of India was second to none, had not only miserably failed to protect the edifice built by Maualana Azad for unified India but they were majorly responsible for the same.
Maulana Azad had done so much to see to it that India should become a free nation without any partition. The facts provided in this book compels us to rightly conclude that but for the adamant attitude of Sardar Patel and impulsive decisions taken by Nehru there would have been no partition. If the decision of the Cabinet Mission, for which Maulana Azad really worked his ass out I could not help but use only this sort of expressionwere implemented in letter and spirit, probably now there would have been no entity called Pakistan.
The author has opined that anger and despair had clouded the vision of Nehru and Patel who vehemently supported two nation theory and the hardest truth is that we cannot dispute the same to the slightest.
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Every son of India must definitely read this magnum opus primarily for two reasons, if not more: Jun 29, Vikas rated it it was amazing. Oct 03, Waqar Haq rated it really liked it. India wins freedom is the best book to hear the other side of the history. It provides you the floor to substantiate the Congress' secular claim from the retrospective view. Mar 06, Suleman added it.
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One of the best book i have read in my whole life. Feb 01, Vishnu Sharma rated it really liked it. The book is gripping and without any doubts, it is an insider's account of the events before and after partition. And the good thing is, the book serves that purpose with a little bit taste of thrill to it. Still, because it is narrated by Maulana ji and actually written and translated by Humayu Kabir and that too after Maulana ji's death, the authenticity is in doubt.
Specially, at some places where Sardar Patel's criticism by Maulan ji loses its objective point of views to the personal point The book is gripping and without any doubts, it is an insider's account of the events before and after partition. Specially, at some places where Sardar Patel's criticism by Maulan ji loses its objective point of views to the personal point of views.
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A person, as gentle and polite as Maulana ji was, can not use this much harsh language where it becomes less about criticizing someones's political decision and more about attacking personally on the personality in the question who in this case are Nehru, Sradar and MK Gandhi. These few incidents aside and the book gives an objective analysis of the situation around the freedom and partition of India. At no point it loses its coherence. It never preaches the history. It gives the details of the differences between Congress and Muslim League, and in the Congress itself.
It offers the reader a ride through the political circles of that time. The book raises some poignant questions and answers them also with immaculate detailing. At the end of the book, One can feel the title of the book echoing in the mind as a question: Was it for that we struggled for so many years? What cost did we pay? Didn't they think about a decade after the partition at the time of accepting The Mounbaten's plan?
When so much opportunities came where compromise was possible, why those great freedom fighters didn't see it and those who saw that, why didn't they persuade the former? Was the partition really reason behind all the poison of communalism that is showing greater affects now or was communalism the reason behind the partition?
After reading the book, one finds answers to the most of them but still these questions keep coming after finishing the book in rhetoric manner.
I haven't come across a book that gives such an in depth view of the events that took place around the freedom of the nation or I must now say, Freedom of nations!
Feb 27, Syed Naseer added it. I wish to read this book. Oct 04, Prasan Kaikini rated it really liked it. Maulana Azad is really an unsung hero of the Indian freedom struggle, eclipsed by the more dominant personalities of Gandhi, Nehru and Jinnah. However, as President of the Indian National Congress in the crucial years leading up to independence inhe was the one negotiating with the British Viceroys and emissaries.
In this book he comes across as a very intelligent and modest man who harbors no ill-will towards any of his contemporary luminaries. He is the one that comes up with very practi Maulana Azad is really an unsung hero of the Indian freedom struggle, eclipsed by the more dominant personalities of Gandhi, Nehru and Jinnah. He is the one that comes up with very practical solutions to thorny problems, patches up issues between his colleagues, and is not afraid to politely argue with Gandhiji when he thinks he is wrong.
Although he is very respectful towards both Sardar Patel and Nehru, it is clear that he and Nehru had a major fall-out with Patel during Partition on the issue of the treatment of Indian Muslims. Similarly, although he is on good terms with Nehru throughout the struggle and also post-independence, it is clear that he is not happy with many of Nehru's decisions. An excellent, detailed account of the events that led to partition and independence of India and Pakistan from the man who was in the thick of it.
Feb 10, Sarbartha Pramanik rated it it was amazing. But despite the movements, sacrifices and violence it was an unprecedented event that a country was transferred her rights to Independence not by a armed uprising or by the help of external forces but by discussion and polity and also unfailing dedications of all those who served the nation faithfully.
Such events cannot take place without remarkable statesman and diplomats who could handle the burden of million hopes and e on august 15th, India was born after her long struggle for freedom.
Such events cannot take place without remarkable statesman and diplomats who could handle the burden of million hopes and emerge successful in their goals. Maulana Azad doesnt discuss the matter with prejudice or glorify the efforts of the congress and others but stated the events as it happened along with his own thoughts and perceptions.
His criticisms and remarks are astoundingly honest and often revealing. It is essential that we know how our nation was build in order to know what she is today and this book is an excellent servant to the cause! Jul 07, Neil rated it it was amazing Shelves: He is commonly remembered as Maulana Azad ; the word Maulana is an honorific meaning 'Our Master', and he had adopted Azad Free as his pen name.
His contribution to establishing the education foundation in India is recognised by celebrating his birthday as "National Education Day" across India. As a young man, Azad composed poetry in Urdu languageas well as treaties on religion and philosophy. He rose to prominence through his work as a journalist, publishing works critical of the British Raj and espousing the causes of Indian nationalism. Azad became the leader of the Khilafat Movementduring which he came into close contact with the Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi.
Azad became an enthusiastic supporter of Gandhi's ideas of non-violent civil disobedienceand worked to organise the non-co-operation movement in protest of the Rowlatt Acts. Azad committed himself to Gandhi's ideals, including promoting Swadeshi indigenous products and the cause of Swaraj Self-rule for India.
Inat an age of 35, he became the youngest person to serve as the President of the Indian National Congress. He helped a lot in shifting of the campus of the university to New Delhi from Aligarh in The main gate Gate No.
Azad was one of the main organisers of the Dharasana Satyagraha inand emerged as one of the most important national leaders of the time, prominently leading the causes of Hindu-Muslim unity as well as espousing secularism and socialism. He served as Congress president from toduring which the Quit India rebellion was launched.
Azad was imprisoned, together with the entire Congress leadership. Amidst communal turmoil following the partition of India, he worked for religious harmony. As India's Education Minister, Azad oversaw the establishment of a national education system with free primary education and modern institutions of higher education.
He is also credited with the establishment of the Indian Institutes of Technology and the foundation of the University Grants Commissionan important institution to supervise and advance the higher education in the nation.
National Education Day India an annual observance in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first education minister of independent India, who served from 15 August until 2 February He also worked for Hindu - Muslim unity through the Al-Hilal newspaper.
Azad was born on 11 November in MeccaSaudi Arabia. He lived in Delhi with his maternal grandfather, as his father had died at a very young age. During Sepoy Mutiny he left India and settled in Mecca. Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Khairuddin bin Ahmed AlHussaini, authored a dozen of books and had thousands of disciples as well as claiming his ancestry to Imam Hussain while his mother was the daughter of Sheikh Mohammad Zaher Watri, himself a scholar from Medina whose reputation extended outside Arabia.
An avid and determined student, the precocious Azad was running a library, a reading room, a debating society before he was twelve, wanted to write on the life of Ghazali at twelve, was contributing learned articles to Makhzan A literary magazine at fourteen,  was teaching a class of students, most of whom were twice his age, when he was merely fifteen and succeeded in completing the traditional course of study at the young age of sixteen, nine years ahead of his contemporaries, and brought out a magazine at the same age.
Azad developed political views considered radical for most Akbad Muslims of the time and became a full-fledged Indian nationalist. He also criticised Muslim politicians for focusing on communal issues before the national interest and rejected the All India Muslim League 's communal separatism. But his views changed considerably when he met revolutionary activists in Iraq and was influenced by their fervent anti-imperialism and nationalism.
Azad initially evoked surprise from other revolutionaries, but Azad won their praise and confidence by working secretly to organise revolutionaries activities and meetings in BengalBihar and Bombay now called Mumbai. Azad's education had been shaped for him to become a cleric, but his rebellious nature and affinity for politics turned him towards journalism.
He established an Urdu weekly newspaper in called Al-Hilal and openly attacked British policies while exploring the challenges facing common people, but it was banned in With the onset of World War Ithe British stiffened censorship and restrictions on political activity. Azad's Al-Hilal was consequently banned in under the Press Act. Azad started a new journal, the Al-Balaghwhich increased its active support for nationalist causes and communal unity.
In this period Azad also became active in his support for the Khilafat agitation to protect the position of the Sultan of Ottoman Turkeywho was considered the Caliph or Khalifa for Muslims worldwide. The Sultan had sided against the British in the war and the continuity of his rule came under serious threat, causing distress amongst Muslim conservatives. Azad saw an opportunity to energise Indian Muslims and achieve major political and social reform through the struggle.
With his popularity increasing across India, the government outlawed Azad's second publication under the Defence of India Regulations Act and arrested him. The governments of the Bombay PresidencyUnited ProvincesPunjab and Delhi prohibited his entry into the provinces and Azad was moved to a jail in Ranchiwhere he was incarcerated until 1 January Maulana Azad is considered one of the greatest Urdu writers of the 20th century.
Ghubar-e-Khatir Sallies of MindUrdu: The book is basically a collection of 24 letters he wrote addressing his close friend Maulana Habibur Rahman Khan Sherwani. These letters were never sent to him because there was no permission for that during the imprisonment and after the release inhe gave all these letters to his friend Ajmal Khan who let it published for the first time in Although the book is a collection of letters but except one or two letters, all other letters are unique and most of the letters deal with complex issues such as existence of God,  the origin of religions, the origin of music and its place in religion, etc.
The book is primarily an Urdu language book; however, there are over five hundred of couplets, mostly in Persian and Arabic languages. It is because, Maulana was born in a family where Arabic and Persian were used more frequently than Urdu.
He was born in Mekkah, given formal education in Persian and Arabic languages but he was never taught Urdu. It is often said that his book India wins Freedom is about his political life and Ghubar-e-Khatir deals with his social and spiritual life.
Upon his release, Azad returned to a political atmosphere charged with sentiments of outrage and rebellion against British rule.
The Indian public had been angered by the passage of the Rowlatt Acts inwhich severely restricted civil liberties and individual rights.
Consequently, thousands of political activists had been arrested and many publications banned. The killing of unarmed civilians at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on 13 April had provoked intense outrage all over India, alienating most Indians, including long-time British supporters, from the authorities. The Khilafat struggle had also peaked with the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I and the raging Turkish War of Independencewhich had made the caliphate's position precarious.
India's main political party, the Indian National Congress came under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, who had aroused excitement all over India when he led the farmers of Champaran and Kheda in a successful revolt against British authorities in Gandhi organised the people of the region and pioneered the art of Satyagraha — combining mass civil disobedience with complete non-violence and self-reliance.
Taking charge of the Congress, Gandhi also reached out to support the Khilafat struggle, helping to bridge Hindu-Muslim political divides. Azad and the Ali brothers - Maulana Mohammad Ali and Shaukat Ali - warmly welcomed Congress support and began working together on a programme of non-co-operation by asking all Indians to boycott British-run schools, colleges, courts, public services, the civil service, police and military.
Non-violence and Hindu-Muslim unity were universally emphasised, while the boycott of foreign goods, especially clothes were organised.
Although Azad and other leaders were soon arrested, the movement drew out millions of people in peaceful processions, strikes and protests. This period marked a transformation in Azad's own life. Along with fellow Khilafat leaders Dr. The three men founded the Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi as an institution of higher education managed entirely by Indians without any British support or control. Both Azad and Gandhi shared a deep passion for religion and Azad developed a close friendship with him.