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Published in the 16-31 Dec 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition
Telugu book on Muslim role in the
By Noor Basha Abdul
Freedom Movement: Uprisings of Muslim Patriots [in Telugu]
Author: Syed Naseer Ahamed
Price: Rs 50, Pages 178.
Available from: # 3-506, Apnaghar, Undavalli Center- 522501, Tadepally
(M), Guntur Distt. Andhra Pradesh.
well-documented book is a response to the fascist Hindutva onslaught on
the sons of the soil-Indian Muslims. The book written in Telugu is a rare
piece in the sense that its author Syed Naseer Ahamad, a journalist and
advocate, has collected and compiled details of the five historic
movements which were led by Muslim freedom fighters. The life-sketches and
the contributions of those leaders have also been included in the book.
Contrary to the deceptive propaganda of the Sangh Parivar, history is
witness to the fact that religious zeal was not the motive of the Muslim
conquest of the country. Many races like Turks, Pathans, Persians,
Afghans, Arabs and Mughals conquered and ruled India but they were not
united under the banner of Islam and fought among themselves like Hindu
kings. In fact, a majority of Shivaji’ s wars was against Hindu rulers
rather than Muslim rulers. The propaganda of the parivar that Hindu kings
waged wars against Muslim invaders is nothing but deception.
Can we think of Rani Laxmibai without thinking of Begum Hazarat Mahal and
Bahadur Shah Zafar? Can we think of Ram Prasad Bismil without remembering
Sardar Bhagat Singh and Ashfaqullah Khan? Can we think of Nehru and Gandhi
without remembering Maulana Azad who opposed Jinnah and his two-nation
theory tooth and nail? In the historic INA trial the three imprisoned
leaders — a Hindu, a Sikh and a Muslim — symbolized the all inclusive
character of the freedom movement.
The author has documented five major freedom movements which were
primarily led by the Muslims: the movement of Bengal Fakirs (1763-1800)
against the British as the pioneer rebels against the British rule, the
Wahhabi movement (1820-1992) , the sacrifices of the Farazi (1830-1900),
the rebellion of Malabar Moplas (1800-1992) and Khuda-i -Khidmatgars
(1929-48), a movement led by Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan.
The book would go a long way in dispelling the prejudices against the
Muslim community among Telugu-readers.
Naseer Ahamed has written many book in Telugu on the Indian freedom
movement and the role of Muslims in the freedom struggle. Some of his
books are Indian Freedom Movement: Muslims Women, Indian Freedom
Movement: Muslims, Indian Freedom Movement: Andhra Pradesh Muslims, Mysore
Tiger Tipu Sultan and Shaheed-e-Azam Ashfaqullah Khan.
These books should be part of the curriculum at the school level in
Andhra Pradesh and should be translated into other Indian languages.«
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