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Not shutting Maulana Azad Library but 'planning something': ICCR

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The (ICCR) on Friday said it was not shutting down the historic library at the headquarters here but "something was being planned" about it.

An at the Director General's office said that "something" was indeed "being planned for the library" including "perhaps shifting of the library out of headquarters", but refused to divulge any details.

said the library was not seeing much footfall "perhaps due to its location" and that it was being planned to make it "more accessible".

"The library is intact with all its archives and books. But it is not accessible perhaps thanks to its location. We are applying our mind to make it more accessible. The library is not being shut down," told IANS.

On Wednesday, activist claimed that the was planning to do away with the library called 'Gosha-e-Azad' which boasts of some rare manuscripts of poets like Ameer Khusro, Maulana Rumi, and Sheikh beside a carefully curated collection of other rare books.

The ICCR was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the of

Ahmed, who claims to be the grandnephew of Maulana Azad, said the Gosha-e-Azad was the personal collection of that was shifted to during his lifetime from his residence at 4, Edward Road (now Road) which is at present the residence of the of

"I think needs to respect the legacy of politicians like Maulana Azad whose knowledge of philosophy, Islamic jurisprudence and Indian culture was encyclopedic. He was bold enough to propagate Indian nationalism among the Muslims at variance with the prevalent political consciousness based on communalised politics," he said.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 19:28 IST
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