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Muslims role in the Indian freedom struggle is unnoticed: Asaduddin Owaisi

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Vijayawada: Muslims from the earliest stages of Indian freedom movement played a predominant role but their sacrifices have been forgotten, said Hyderabad MP Asadudddin Owaisi while releasing a Telugu book here on the subject titled Bharatha Swatantrodyamam: Andhrapradesh Muslims (Indian freedom Movement: Andhra Pradesh Muslims) authored by Syed Naseer Ahamed, a known historian from Andhra Pradesh. Owaisi said names of Muslim freedom fighters who shed their blood for the freedom of their motherland are in the dark corners of history today. He said that the fighters like Subedar Ahamed of Andhra Pradesh who revolted against the East India Company in 1780 at Vishakapatnam, Deputy Collector Fazlullula Khan who helped Alluri Seetharama Raju did not get their due  in the pages of history. He recalled that the famous slogan “Jai Hind” was coined by Abid Hasan Safrani of Andhra Pradesh. He was the hero who named Subhash Chandra Bose as “Netaji” while in Germany. Mohammad Ghulam Mohiuddin of Vijayawada was the first person who resigned from the magistrate post in Andhra Pradesh responding the call of Mahatma Gandhi during the Khilafat-Non-Cooperation Movement.  Now Syed Naseer Ahamed has included all these historical facts in his book (Bharatha Swatantrodyamam). Owaisi congratulated the author for writing such a wonderful book. He said the book should be published in English and Urdu also. Owaisi said the sacrifices of the Muslim heroes should be incorporated into school and college curricula so that our children and youth know the true historical fact about Muslims.

During the same function, another book titled Akshara Silpulu, a brief introduction of 333 Muslim writers and poets of Andhra Pradesh who write in Telugu, was released by Dr. Turlapati Kutumbarao.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2012 on page no. 13

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