Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (1888 — 1958) was an Indian Muslim scholar and a senior political leader of the Indian independence movement. He was close to both Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. He was one of the most prominent Muslim leaders to support Hindu-Muslim unity, opposing the partition of India on communal lines. He was free India’s first Minister of Education. His contribution to establishing the education foundation in India is recognised by celebrating his birthday,November 11, as “National Education Day” across India.
The Ministry of Minority Affairs of the Government of India setup the Maulana Azad Education Foundation in 1989 on the occasion of his birth centenary to promote education amongst educationally backward sections of the Society. The Ministry also provides the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad National Fellowship, an integrated five year fellowship in the form of financial assistance to students from minority communities to pursue higher studies such as M. Phil and Ph.D.
Bollywood top star Aamir Khan is the great grand nephew of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. So he sourced records and found five speeches of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad which he gifted to his sister Nikhat on her 50th birthday. That too not printed; but audio CDs of Maulana Azad’s speeches.
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao’s son Azad Rao Khan has been named after Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
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