Discover the Life of Abdul Kalam Azad

Editorials News | Dec-29-2021

Discover the Life of Abdul Kalam Azad

The British Colonial Rule in India was a period of oppression on Indians that produce great leaders and commanders of that time. Among all the freedom fighters, politicians, and Nationalists only a few were aware of the power of education. Education can be a weapon as strong as a missile. And one such leader that realise the importance of education and further made India realize the value of education was none other than the educationalist: "Maulana Abul Kalam Azad".

"Abul Kalam Azad" whose actual name was "Abul Kalam Ghulam Muhiyuddin" and popularly known as "Maulana Abul Kalam Azad". He was a famous journalist, politician, educationalist, and one of the foremost leaders of the Indian freedom struggle. 'Maulana Azad' was born on November 11 in 1888 at "Mecca", now in Saudi Arabia. His ancestors came from Afghanistan and hence he had an Islamic background. He was a renowned poet, scholar, and Islamic theologist as well. Azad could also speak many languages that include: Arabic, English, Urdu, Hindi, and many more. He was a very honorable person and was known as " A Man of High Moral Integrity". His name "Abul Kalam" literally refers to "Lord of Dialogue" which justifies why he was a brilliant debater. He adopted the title of "AZAD" (meaning free) as a mark of his mental emancipation from a narrow to a broad view of religion and life.

"Maulan Azad" holds many crucial contributions in the field of promoting education and laying the foundation of education in India. He lived for more than four decades-long Public services and left behind a lasting legacy in the history of India. After India's Independence, he became "The First Education Minister Of Indian Government" under the political party: "The Indian National Congress (INC)". His contributions are still honored and celebrated nationwide as a mark of respect for him as "The National Education Day" on his birthday. He was a very prominent political activist and published critical journals explaining the 'British Raj'. When Azad became leader of the "Khilafat Movement" he came in association with 'Mahatma Gandhi and later enthusiastically supported Gandhi's 'Non-Violent Movements' and appreciated the 'Gandhian Ideas'. Also at the age of '35', he became the youngest person to serve as a "President of the Indian National Congress". He was an opponent of partition and supported independent autonomous provinces with a different constitution but a common defense economy. To remember his service and selfless attitude towards India he was also bedecked with the "Bharat Ratna Award". But unfortunately, on 'February 22' in 1958 at the age of 69 in Delhi 'stroke' became the cause of death leaving the country in silence.

By : Parth Aggarwal
S. D. Public School