India Post today issued a commemorative postage stamp on Maulana Hasrat Mohani.HASRAT MOHANI, born at Unnao (UP) in 1875, graduated from Aligarh, in 1903 with distinction. Hewas convicted under the Press Laws and had to undergo rigorous imprisonment, In order to realize the fine; his valuable books and rare manuscripts of his library and auctioned. He was kept in solitary confinement and had to grind one maund of wheat per day and was, whipped for any loss of wheat. His body bore the marks of whipping inflicted in jail. He started journal “Urdu-i-Mu`alla” from Aligarh in 1904 which was the best literary and political magazine in Urdu of its time in India.
He propagated the boycott of British goods during the War whereupon his small press was called upon to submit asecurity of Rs 3,000 . He had to close his magazine and start another one named “Tazkira-i-Shu`araa” (History of Poets). In the All India National Congress at Ahmadabad in 1921, he submitted the Resolution of complete independence for India.
The Maulana took a leading part along with Quaid-i-Azam and Ali Brothers in the welfare and political awakening of the Muslim community in India. His career as a poet begins from 1894, left behind him ten volumes of poetical works. He published cheap key of Ghalib’s Urdu Diwan. Formerly, reference books on Ghalib, Hali’s Memoirs of Ghalib and the key written by Taba Tabai were too voluminous and limited to higher circles only. He wrote on the principles of criticism and the art of poetry in his magazine “Nuqat-i-Sukhan” (Secrets of Verse) .He was a romantic poet of Urdu language, journalist, politician, parliamentarian and a fearless freedom fighter. A very popular ghazal sung by Gulam Ali,” chupke chupke rat din “was penned by Hashrat.
Maulana Hasrat Mohani settled at Kanpur and died on 13 May, 1951 in Lucknow.Pakistan has issued a diamond shaped stamp in 1989 under Pioneers of freedom of Rs-3 on him.