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3:31 am - Monday February 19, 2018

PM pays tribute to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, JB Kripalani on their birth annivs

New Delhi,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Acharya JB Kripalani on their birth anniversaries.

‘Tributes to two stalwarts of Indian history– Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Acharya JB Kripalani– on their birth anniversaries. Their contribution towards India’s freedom movement and after was extremely beneficial in the building of our nation,’ the Prime Minister said.

Jivatram Bhagwandas Kripalani, popularly known as Acharya Kripalani, was a great freedom fighter, Gandhian socialist, environmentalist, mystic and activist.

Considered as one of the most ardent disciples of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, Kripalani was quite active in various movements of the country, including the Non-Cooperation movement in 1920 and Emergency in 1970, an official statement here said.

The country’s first Education Minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad is considered as one of the greatest Urdu writers of the 20th century. Remembered as Maulana Azad, his contribution to building an education foundation in this country has been remarkable.

Since a very young age, Maulana Azad was a literature enthusiast. His work was recognised through his journalistic practice, publishing works critical of the colonial British Raj and espousing the causes of Indian nationalism.

He has also written many books, including India Wins Freedom, Ghubar-e-Khatir, Tazkirah and Tarjumanul Quran. In 1947, he was elected as the first Education Minister of the independent India. He served the post as Education Minister till 1958.

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