Maulvi Abdur Rasul, a leader of anti-partition agitation

Maulvi Abdul Rasool, who actively participated in the movement opposing the division of Bengal, was born in 1872. His father Moulvi Ghulam Rasool, was a Zamindar in Bengal.

Abdul Rasool went to England in 1889 to pursue higher education, from where he obtained a degree in Law in 1898. He was the first Bengali to have received a degree.

He stoutly opposed the division of Bengal, and participated actively in anti- Beganl division movement and raised his voice against evil designs of Lord Curzon.

Since then, he started a new life as a freedom fighter. He had participated in a meeting held at the Town Hall of Calcutta on 7 August, 1905 to protest against the division of Bengal.

Maulvi Abdur Rasul, a leader of anti-partition agitation

Later, he left his legal profession and got himself totally dedicated to the cause of India’s Freedom Struggle. Moulvi Abdul Rasool organised several meetings all over Bengal criticizing the misdeeds of Lord Curzon.

He explained to the people about the need for opposing the partition of Bengal and worked for the strong harmonious and friendly relations between Hindus and Muslims.

The British Government could not tolerate his strident compaign and troubled his both physically and mentally. Moulvi Abudl Rasool criticized that the British rulers were trying to divide Hindus and Muslims the same way they divided Bengal.

The British Government got him terminated from the posts he held and sent him to jail several times. Abdul Rasool adopted the ‘Swadeshi policy’ encouraging the use of domestic goods.

He had established several associations like ‘Bengal Mohammedan Association’ for the progress and development of Muslims. Abdul Rasool worked untiringly to spread the ideology of secularism.

When communal riots broke out in March 1907, he visited all those places and gave a call for ‘Rakhi Bandhan’ programme to ensure mutual security of Hindu and Muslims.

Moulvi Abdul Rasool also played a vital role in the Home Rule Movement started by Annie Besant in 1916. He adored the movement to such an extent that he even wished that his wrist watch with the symbol of Home Rule Movement be buried along with his body after his demise.

Moulvi Abdul Rasool passed away in the month of September 1917, after announcing his last wish.

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