Dear Ms Meher,
Your book "Celebrating India" deserves all the praises and kudos not only for its timeliness and current requirements where religion and religious identity seem to have gained a completely unwanted prominence even in our day-t-o-day secular life but also because it actually celebrates that aspect of the Indian nationality that generally goes untouched.
That India is predominantly a Hindu Nation is a well-known fact. That the Hindu-Muslim divide in India has always been there for reasons best known to the two sides, which has been profitably played up and orchestrated by the vested interests is a fact that can't be disputed. Finally, the fact that this has only led to the marginalization of the Muslims in the mainstream culture ( whoever might be at fault and whatever be reasons) is again something which we have ample reasons to accept.
Given these facts, bringing the Muslim sub-culture and the Muslim world before one and all is a work that needs to be taken up at a large scale. It is exactly this what you have done in your book and as the Hindu rightly says, it can very aptly be called the "Who's who of Indian Muslims".
Though it might seem high-sounding and a bit preposterous but yet one can go to the extent of calling it a rightful contribution in Nation building,
Dr Nutan Thakur
Nutan Satta Pravah
--- On Sun, 2/22/09, meherfatima hussain <meherftm@...> wrote:
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Subject: Muslims contribution to nation building recognised in book "Celebrating India"
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Date: Sunday, February 22, 2009, 8:51 PMHello,This book Celebrating India : Reflections on Eminent Indian Muslims 1857- 2007, is written by Meher Fatima Hussain with a foreword by Prof.Sabyasachi Bhattacharya (Chairman ICHR) on the celebrative occasion of anniversaries marking 150 Years of India's First War of Independence, 1857 and 60 Years of India's Independence as a mark of honor and with the sincere objective of highlighting the contributions of one-fifty eminent Indian Muslims to freedom movement, nation building, enhancing country's prestige in diverse spheres and furtherance of composite culture through reflections on their biographical profiles. Through the book, an attempt is made to mirror the lives of nationalists including Bahadurshah Zafar, Hazrat Mahal, Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Dr. Zakir Hussain, Ghulam Mohammad Baksh (Gama), Ustad Bismillah Khan, Hakeem Abdul Hameed, Syed Hasan (Syed Bhai), Ghulam Sarwar, Qurratul-ain-Haider, Ebrahim Al Qazi, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, M. Hamid Ansari, Syed Zahoor Qasim, Syed Shahabuddin, Nargis Dutt, M.J.Akbar, Shabana Azmi, Shah Rukh Khan, Sania Mirza and others. It is expected that the younger generations will draw inspiration from the nationalist commitments of the patriotic Muslims who have taken India on path of harmonious national advancement together with their other nationalist brethrens to follow the paradigm in bolstering national integrity and solidarity and enhancing India's prestige and glory.Thanks,yours sincerelyMeher Fatima Hussain, Assistant Professor Jamia Millia Islamia