Six decades after his death, Abul Kalam Azad’s message of Hindu-Muslim unity is urgently relevant
…Maulana Abul Kalam Azad…. holds the cure to the biggest scourge India faces today: the communal virus that has seeped into the vital organs of my country. This slow poison today is more lethal than the great pandemic that hit us in March 2020.
In 1923, as the youngest president of the Congress party, Azad he spoke words that no one would dare utter today for fear of being hauled up as “anti-national”.
He said: “If an angel was to descend from the Heaven’s and from the heights of Qutab Minar announce that provided Congress abandons its policy of Hindu-Muslim unity, Swaraj would be granted in 24 hours, I would turn my back on that Swaraj. Shunning it for the cost being demanded may delay Swaraj and harm India for a short period. But abandoning our unity as a price for freedom will be lethal for all humanity.”…