The Superstars of India’s Galaxy of leaders

A true secularist and nationalist, complexioned scholar with multi-faceted talents, a journalist, poet, philosopher who is better known by prosperity as Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. India’s highest civilian honour ‘Bharat Ratna’ was posthumously conferred on him in 1992. ‘India Wins Freedom’ a literary marvel was written by him. He was the first Union Education, Culture and Fine Arts Minister of free India, a post he held until his death in February 1958. He was instrumental in the establishment of prestigious institutions like Sahitya Akademi, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Lalita Kala Akademi, The Indian Council for Cultural Relations, University Grant Commission and All India Council for Technical Education. The Maulana endured back breaking hardships during the freedom struggle, spent 10 years in prisons during which he lost his wife and sister, but never did the lose sight of his charished goal of a strong, free and united India.

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