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Maulana Azad, Islam and the Indian National Movement$
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Syeda Saiyidain Hameed

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199450466

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450466.001.0001

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President and Negotiator

President and Negotiator

(p.247) 11 President and Negotiator
Maulana Azad, Islam and the Indian National Movement

Syeda Saiyidain Hameed

Oxford University Press

In his autobiography, India Wins Freedom, Abul Kalam Azad narrates the events between 1920 and 1947 leading up to India’s independence from Britain and its partition. He describes his role in the formation of the ministries following the general elections of 1945, his solution to the communal problem between Muslims and Hindus, his call for reconciling provincial autonomy with national unity, and his arguments against the separation of India into two states. The book also details the Muslim League’s demand for a separate homeland for Muslims, the formation of an interim government in September 1946, Azad’s appointment as Education Member of the interim government, Lord Mountbatten’s attempt to affect partition, and Mahatma Gandhi, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, and Azad’sopposition to partition.

Keywords:   autobiography, India Wins Freedom, Abul Kalam Azad, Independence, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Mahatma Gandhi, Britain, partition, India, Pakistan, Muslims, Hindus

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