‘Maulana Azad was born in Afghanistan’: Pune Congress city president

Pune: On the occasion of birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Former state minister and Congress city president Ramesh Bagwe in his speech falsely said that Maulana Azad was born in Afghanistan.

Bagwe was speaking at a function organized by Pune city Congress committee at Congress Bhawan on Saturday. Ramesh Bagwe and Ex MLA Mohan Joshi have paid their homage by offering garland to the Azad’s photo.

As per the report published on 13 November in Marathi daily Pudhari, Bagwe in his speech said, “Even though Maulana Azad was born in Afghanistan; he spent his whole life in India. He had so much love for the country and was imprisoned several times during India’s freedom struggle”.


Maulana Azad, India’s first education minister was born on 11 November 1888 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. His family returned to Calcutta in 1890. Azad served as Congress president from 1940 to 1945 during which ‘Quit India’ movement was launched. His contribution towards establishing the education system is recognised by celebrating his birthday as “National Education Day” across India.

Anjum Inamdar, AIMIM Ex core committee member while criticizing Bagwe said that Congress workers not knowing the details about their own big leader is unfortunate and demanded an apology from Bagwe over his false statement.

In presence of prominent city Congress leaders viz. Ex MLA Ulhas Pawar, Ex MLA Mohan Joshi, Ex MLA Sharad Ranpise, Abhay Chajed, Rohit Tilak etc., Bagwe has made this statement and newspaper reports doesn’t mention any objection to it from anybody which is very shameful, added Inamdar.