Indian Muslim Council organizes play on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad


Indian Muslim Council organizes play on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

Chicago chapter of sponsored a play portraying Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. Famous Bollywood actor Tom Alter acting as Maulana Azad did a monologue which evolved in the backdrop of him dictating notes to his secretary Humayun Kabir for his book “India Wins Freedom”. Tom kept the audience fully absorbed during his two-hour monologue.

The play was staged at a time when Indian and Pakistani communities in Chicago are in preparation for their Independence Day festivities. The monologue discussed the political situation during the earliest period of independence of India. It showed Maulana Azad’s frustration over the division of India and had critical remarks about the leadership of the Muslim League, especially Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. There was also candid criticism on the Congress leadership hinting on its pro-Hindu stance. At one point, Maulana Azad was shown to claim that if it was not Nehru’s boycott of the Cabinet Mission, the division of India into two independent states would have never happened.

A very select audience watched this play at Meadows Club. The play was written and directed by Sayeed Alam who was also present at the occasion. Earlier, president of the local chapter of IMC, Adnan Khan, welcomed the guests. Dr. Shahid Siddiqi spoke briefly about the life of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. President of IMC USA, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed, highlighted the mission and vision of IMC.

 

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