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Hindu-Muslim Question and Our Freedom Struggle: 1857-1935 (In 2 Volumes)

K.M. Ashraf (Author)
Synopsis The book is a document written in 1946 regarding the genesis of the Pakistan demand of Muslim League. It was submitted to the Communist Party of India for discussion. Due to the hectic political activities, partition and its aftermath and change in the CPI leadership in 1948 etc. this discussion did not take place. In this book Ashraf traces the genesis of the Hindu-Muslim question and shows that at various phases the two communities had very closely cooperated in the freedom movement and how, again through stages they drifted away to reach a stage of no compromise and insistence on partition. Through profuse documentation Ashraf demonstrates the evolution of Congress-league relationship from serious cooperation to its total disruption. He shows that their real difference rested on the nature of the future Indian State whether it should be Federal or Central. The book traces year by year and session by session the evolution of the differences in the two approaches that ended up in total rupture. Most significant point that Ashraf makes concern national question per se. In other words, the question from the side of the Muslims was not of safeguarding minority rights but of economic and administrative power in provides where they were in majority to act according to their perceptions and interests. On the other hand Congress was looking at the whole problem exclusively from the angle of minority safeguards. Today, when national questions is emerging as an explosive problems almost all over the world, viz. UK., USA, Europe, Central Asia, South-east Asia, South Asia, Latin America and Africa, the discussion and approach of the author to his very question has become more pertinent and important than it was at the moment of its writing.
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About the author

K.M. Ashraf

Kunwar Mohammad Ashraf (1903-1962) belonged to Malkhana Rajput family and had his primary education in Moradabad. He had his higher education at Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia at Delhi. He went to England to pursue doctorate in Medieval Indian History from London School of Oriental Studies. His book-Lofe and Conditions of the People of Hindustan is based on his Ph.D. thesis. During 1934-1945 he was elected member of the AICC and served as political secretary to Maulana Azad and pandit Nehru when they were Congress presidents. in 1935, when AICC opened the Muslim Mass Contact Cell, Ashraf was asked to head it. Between 1941 and 1943 Ashraf was arrested and put in Deoli Detention camp. During 1943-46, when the CPI became legal, Ashraf worked in the head-quarters of Communist Party of India in Bombay where he wrote two books: Hindu Muslim Question and our Freedom Movement (1857-1943) and Historical Background to Muslim Question in India (1725-1943). Well versed in Persian and Arabic languages, Ashraf was an eminent historian and a scholar of Islamic studies. During 1948-1954 Ashraf lived in exile in London. After returning to India in 1954 he taught in the University of Kashmir at Srinagar and the University of Delhi. In 1960 he went to Berlin as a Visiting professor and stayed there till he breathed his last in 1962. Ashraf papers and articles are now treasured in Nehru Museum at Teen Murti House, New Delhi.

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Title Hindu-Muslim Question and Our Freedom Struggle: 1857-1935 (In 2 Volumes)
Author K.M. Ashraf
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length xx+290p., viii+328p., Appendix; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History