By Anuradha Dutta, Kolkata, Feb 24 IBNS | 6 months ago

A year long programme to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of the first education minister of India, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was announced here on Saturday, by the Iran Society in the presence of former chief justice of India, Altamas Kabir and Hashim Abdul Halim, former speaker of the West Bengal legislative assembly.


President of Iran Society, R.M. Chopra said, "It is regrettable that very little is being done to spread awareness about the life and works of Maulana Azad, who began both as a journalist and freedom fighter from the city of Kolkata."

Born in Mecca, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad had come to Kolkata at the age of six and conducted his revolutionary activities from the city. Azad published Al Hilal and Al Balagh from the city, to voice Indian nationalism based on Hindu-Muslim unity.

Keeping his views on Azad, Hashim Abdul Halim said, "He was the champion of secularism, and his ideas need to be spread wide to help people understand the wrongs of religion based politics."

"Maulana Abul Kalam Azad's philosophy of religious unity becomes more relevant today when some people are killing innocent people in the name of 'Jihad'," he noted.

"What they are doing is not Jihad, killing people mercilessly, creating fear psychosis is not what any religion can preach," the veteran politician said.

Halim said Azad should be upheld as an ideal before the youngsters. "They need to be educated on his life and works , which can be a guiding light in these turbulent times," he added.

Aimed at highlighting Maulana Azad's contribution and commitment to nationalism and secularism, the celebrations will include international seminars, exhibition of rare photographs and hand writings, display of books written by Azad ,drama and essay competition, a statement issued by Iran Society said.

(Posted on 24-02-2014)


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