Hasrat Mohani

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Hasrat Mohani
Mohani on a 2014 stamp of India
Syed Fazl-ul-Hasan

(1875-01-01)1 January 1875
Died13 May 1951(1951-05-13) (aged 76)
Other namesHasrat Mohani (Pen Name)
Alma materMuhammadan Anglo-Oriental College (BA) in 1903,
Occupation(s)Poet, Freedom fighter, Politician, Philosopher
Known forFamous Slogan Inquilab Zindabad
Political partyCommunist Party of India
MovementIndian independence movement

Syed Fazl-ul-Hasan (1 January 1875 – 13 May 1951), known by his pen-name Hasrat Mohani, was an Indian activist, freedom fighter in the Indian independence movement and a noted poet of the Urdu language.[1] He coined the notable slogan Inquilab Zindabad (translation of "Long live the revolution!") in 1921.[2][3] Together with Swami Kumaranand, he is regarded as the first person to demand complete independence for India in 1921 at the Ahmedabad Session of Congress.[4][3][5] Maghfoor Ahmad Ajazi supported the complete independence motion demanded by Hasrat Mohani.[6] He wrote the famous ghazal 'Chupke chupke raat din' which was picturised in a bollywood movie 'Nikaah' (1982) and sung by Gulam Ali.[1]


He was born in 1875 [in many books it is written 1881 and 1880] as Syed Fazl-ul-Hasan at Mohan, a town in the Unnao district of United Provinces in British India.[citation needed]

Hasrat was his pen name (takhallus) that he used in his Urdu poetry whereas his last name 'Mohani' refers to Mohan, his birthplace.[3]

His ancestors migrated from Nishapur, in Iran.[7][8]

Hasrat Mohani championed the freedom struggle. He also wrote verses expressing deep love for Krishna,[9] and often went to Mathura to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami.[1]


He received his primary education at Kanpur Vernacular Middle School in Fatehpur Haswah, a town near Kanpur. He achieved a top position in Grade 8 in Uttar Pradesh, and then came first in Maths in Matric (Grade 10) exams. He received two scholarships, one from the government and the other from Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College.[10] He completed his BA in 1903 at Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College which later became Aligarh Muslim University but before that he had been expelled from the college on three occasions for his criticism of the British government.[11] Some of his colleagues at Aligarh was Mohammad Ali Jouhar and Shaukat Ali. His teachers in poetry were Tasleem Lucknawi and Naseem Dehlvi. To honor him, Aligarh Muslim University has a hostel named after him.[1]


A few of his books are Kulliyat-e-Hasrat Mohani (Collection of Hasrat Mohani's poetry), Sharh-e-Kalam-e-Ghalib (Explanation of Ghalib's poetry), Nukaat-e-Sukhan ( Important aspects of poetry), Mushahidaat-e-Zindaan (Observations in Prison), etc. A very popular ghazal Chupke Chupke Raat Din sung by Ghulam Ali and 'Ghazal King' Jagjit Singh was penned by him. He was also featured in the film Nikaah (1982). The famous slogan of Indian freedom fighters Inquilab Zindabad was coined by Mohani in 1921.[12][13][3]


Mohani was a member of the Indian National Congress for many years and also joined the All India Muslim League, serving as its president in 1919. He opposed the partition of India.[14][15] After the declaration of the Partition Plan on 3 June 1947, Mohani resigned as a member of the All India Muslim League and when the division of the country occurred, he chose to live in independent India.[15] He became a member of the Constituent Assembly of India which drafted the Indian Constitution. To represent the remaining Indian Muslims on different platforms, Hasrat Mohani chose to live in India rather than migrate to Pakistan.[4]

He never accepted Government allowances or stayed at official residences. Instead, he stayed in mosques and used to go to the Parliament in a shared tonga. He was a religious practicing Muslim and led a simple life. Maulana had gone for Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia) several times. He used to travel in third-class railroad cars. When asked why he traveled third class, he quipped because there is no fourth class.[1][4]

Struggle for Indian independence[edit]

B. R. Ambedkar and Mohani (left) at Vallabhbhai Patel's reception

Mohani participated in the struggle for Indian Independence (end of British Raj); and was jailed in 1903 for many years by British authorities. At that time political prisoners were treated like common criminals and forced to do manual labor.[1]

In 1904, he joined the Indian National Congress Party.[1] He was the first person in Indian History who demanded 'Complete Independence' (Azadi-e-Kaamil) in 1921 as he presided over an annual session of All-India Muslim League. In December 1929, his campaign for 'complete independence' resulted in the shape of Indian National Congress session in Lahore.[13]

Mohani opposed the partition of India.[14][15][16] After complete independence from the British rule, Maulana Hasrat Mohani wanted a confederal set up on the pattern of Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR). He wanted to see a confederal constitution in India after freedom from the British rule. His proposal had six federations: 1. East Pakistan; 2. West Pakistan; 3. Central India; 4. South-eastern India; 5. South-western India; and 6. Hyderabad Deccan.[13]


He was also imprisoned for promoting anti-British ideas, especially for publishing an article against British policies in Egypt, in his magazine 'Urdu-e-Mualla'. Afterwards, unlike some Urdu poets like Josh Malihabadi and many Muslim leaders, he chose to live in India rather than move to Pakistan after independence (1947) to represent left over Indian Muslims on various platforms.[citation needed] In recognition for his efforts, he was made a member of the constituent assembly which drafted the Indian constitution. But unlike other members, he never signed it.[4]

Communist movement[edit]

He was among the founders of the Communist Party of India at Kanpur in 1925.[4]

Hasrat Mohani was deeply influenced by Russian revolution. His house in Kanpur was centre of preparations of the first all India Communist conference of December 1925. K.N. Joglekar wrote in his reminiscences that he and Bombay group came to know through VH Joshi, going to meet S. A. Dange in Kanpur jail, that Satya Bhakta, Hasrat Mohani and others were taking initiative to convene a communist conference in December 1925. Bombay group extended full support.[17][18]

Hasrat Mohani was elected Chairman of Reception Committee (RC) of the conference.[citation needed] Hasrat Mohani was included in the Central Executive Committee elected at the conference. He was again included in CEC in 1927 extended meeting.[citation needed]

Hasrat Mohani later attended the foundation conference of Progressive Writers’ Association (PWA) in Lucknow in 1936.[citation needed]

Death and legacy[edit]

Maulana Hasrat Mohani died on 13 May 1951 in Lucknow, India.[4][3]

Hasrat Mohani Memorial Society was founded by Maulana Nusrat Mohani in 1951. In Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan, the Hasrat Mohani Memorial Library and Hall was established by the Hasrat Mohani Memorial Library & Hall Trust.[19] Every year, on his death anniversary, a memorial meeting is conducted by this Trust as well as many other organisations in India and Pakistan.[13] Also Hasrat Mohani Colony, at Korangi Town in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan, was named after Maulana Hasrat Mohani. A famous road is named after him in the financial hub of Karachi.[4]

There is a Street Named Maulana Hasrat Mohani in Kadar Palace, Mumbra, Dist: Thane, Maharashtra.[citation needed]

Maulana Hasrat Mohani Hospital is situated in Chamanganj, Kanpur. There is also a road named Maulana Hasrat Mohani Street in Kanpur. Maulana Hasrat Mohani Gallery is situated at Bithoor Museum.[citation needed]

A hostel in Aligarh Muslim University is also named after him.[citation needed]


  • Urdu-e-Moalla (magazine)[1][4] (launched in July 1903) [11]
  • Kulliyat-e-Hasrat Mohani (Collection of Hasrat Mohani's poetry) (Published in 1928 and 1943)[13]
  • Sharh-e-Kalam-e-Ghalib (Explanation of Ghalib's poetry)
  • Nukaat-e-Sukhan (Important aspects of poetry)
  • Tazkira-tul-Shuara (Essays on the Poets)[13]
  • Mushahidaat-e-Zindaan (Observations in the Prison)[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Chupke chupke raat din… (lyrics of Hasrat Mohani's famous ghazal, article also includes his profile)". The Hindu (newspaper). 29 August 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  2. ^ The Illustrated Weekly of India. Published for the proprietors, Bennett, Coleman & Company, Limited, at the Times of India Press. October 1974. Retrieved 11 March 2019. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)
  3. ^ a b c d e "India remembers Maulana Hasrat Mohani who gave the revolutionary slogan 'Inquilab Zindabad'". Zee News. 2 January 2017. Archived from the original on 19 November 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Profile: Maulana Hasrat Mohani". The Milli Gazette (newspaper). 6 October 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  5. ^ "71 years of Independence: How Communists kept pestering the British throughout the freedom struggle". The Indian Express. 18 August 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  6. ^ Ministry of Culture, Government of India. "Maghfoor Ahmad Ajazi". amritmahotsav.nic.in.
  7. ^ Gulam Ali Allana (1988) Muslim political thought through the ages: 1562–1947, Royal Book Company (1988), p. 215, ISBN 9694070910
  8. ^ Avril Ann Powell (2013) Muslims and Missionaries in Pre-Mutiny India, Routledge, p. 181, ISBN 1138878855
  9. ^ C.M. Naim The Maulana Who Loved Krishna Outlook India (magazine), Published 12 January 2012, Retrieved 12 March 2019
  10. ^ Naeem, Raza (30 May 2021). "History: The Moods of Maulana Hasrat". Dawn News.
  11. ^ a b Parekh, Rauf (8 May 2018). "Literary Notes: Hasrat Mohani's political and literary world: a blend of old and new". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  12. ^ Prashant H. Pandya (1 March 2014). Indian Philately Digest. Indian Philatelists' Forum. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  13. ^ a b c d e f "LITERACY NOTES: Hasrat Mohani – a unique poet & politician". Business Recorder. 18 June 2005. Archived from the original on 6 April 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  14. ^ a b Naqvi, Raza (14 August 2017). "Meet the Muslim freedom fighters who strongly opposed the Partition of India". IE Online Media Services. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  15. ^ a b c Chopra, Pran Nath (1979). Role of Indian Muslims in the Struggle for Freedom. Light & Life Publishers. p. 86. Soon after the declaration of the partition plan of June 3, 1947 Hasrat Mohani resigned from the Muslim League as he did not want to have the independence at the cost of the country's unity and integrity. ... After the establishment of Pakistan, Hasrat Mohani preferred to remain in India.
  16. ^ "Hasrat Mohani denounces Jinnah". The Indian Express. 7 June 1947. p. 1. Retrieved 11 September 2022. The Maulana, who was criticizing Gaon Hukumat Bill, criticised H.M.G's latest announcement and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Mr. Jinnah for "truncated Hindustan and truncated Pakistan on Dominion Lines.
  17. ^ "Foundation of the Communist Party of India (CPI) in 1925: product of (...) - Mainstream". www.mainstreamweekly.net.
  18. ^ NOORANI, A. G. (17 May 2012). "Origins of Indian communism". Frontline.
  19. ^ "Hasrat Mohani Trust". Hasrat Mohani Trust.
  20. ^ "Mushahidaat-e-Zindaan Book". Rekha.

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