Postage stamp in the honour of the great Maulana Madani


New Delhi: A commemorative postal stamp for Shaikhul Islam Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani, a pioneer of the freedom struggle and Darul Uloom Deoband’s Shaikhul Hadees and a  strong opponent of India’s partition and the two-nation theory of the Muslim League and Hindu Mahasabha, was released here by the Union HRD, communications and information technology minister Kapil Sibal at India Habitat Centre on 29 August before a distinguished gathering which included Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani’s grandson and Jamiatul Ulama leader Maulana Mahmood Madani, K. Rahman Khan, former deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha, film director Mahesh Bhat, Pandit N. K. Sharma, founder of Universal Association of Spiritual Awareness and many political and religious leaders.

Kapil Sibal, while paying rich tributes to Maulana Madani for his important role and sacrifices in the national and freedom movement, admitted that forgetting this great freedom fighter and not issuing even a postal stamp in his memory earlier was a lapse on the part of the government but now, with the release of this stamp in his memory, this lapse has been removed. He hinted, while speaking on this occasion that a study on the life and services of Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani will be made part of Indian schools syllabus so that young generations of students could learn about the important services rendered and great sacrifices made by him and other religious leaders of the Muslim community for India’s freedom.

This function at India Habitat Centre was sponsored by Jamiatul Ulama-e Hind and the release of the postage stamp in memory of Shaikhul Islam was significant in that it was for the first time that such a stamp was released in the memory of a person who was very closely associated with Jamiat Ulama-e Hind and Darul Uloom Deoband, both of which played a pioneering role in the freedom movement of the country.

However, this function was virtually blacked out by national dailies and electronic media. Pro-BJP English daily Pioneer, however, published this news briefly.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2012 on page no. 1

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