The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari released a commemorative postage stamp in honour of Maulana Hasrat Mohani, a freedom fighter, at a function here today.Addressing on the occasion, he said that Maulana Hasrat Mohani was an eminent poet and freedom fighter and an incomparable person. He was the first person, who raised the issue of ‘complete independence’ in Indian National Congress Meeting in Ahmedabad in 1921. We should always remember his contributions and should try to fulfil his dreams.
Maulana Hasrat Mohani was a great uncompromising freedom fighter from early twentieth century. He was an eminent poet who used to Ghazal poetry – a purely genre of love poetry – for political subjects and gave it a new turn. He is called Mohani as he was from Mohan in UP. He was great freedom fighter and never accepted British rule over India. He was great admirer of Lokmanya Tilak as he said “Freedom is my birth right” and always used to refer him as Tilak Maharaj, even in his poetry. He was so absorbed in the freedom movement that he became totally indifferent to any suffering, pain or pleasure.