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Maulana Azad: Proud Indian, proud Muslim

Azad, according to Dr Habib, was not comfortable in the presence of a crowd. He sought the solitude that is conducive to scholarship

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Maulana Azad: A Life

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Maulana Azad: A Life
Author: S Irfan Habib
Publisher: Aleph
Pages: 318
Price: Rs 899

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad has fallen through the trapdoor of Indian historical scholarship, even of the nationalist variety. He remains in the shadows of Gandhi, Nehru and Patel. Yet as this meticulously researched biography by S Irfan Habib clearly shows he was a unique figure in the Indian national movement and in the making of modern India. He worked very closely with the three individuals mentioned above and earned their enduring respect. But for some unexplained reasons, historians and biographers have neglected his life and achievements. Dr Habib’s book renders

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First Published: May 22 2023 | 10:38 PM IST

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