On the 90th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s historic Dandi March, Jamal Kochangadi, a Senior Journalist from Kerala has shared a golden memory of the freedom struggle that India shall never forget.
Kochangadi has shared the Verdict statement issued by the Government of Madras (British Raj) against his father, late Zainduddin Naina and Kodath Narayanan Nair for taking part in Salt Satyagraha. Both were sent to prison for taking part in the Salt Satyagraha at Kozhikode, which was organized as a part of nationwide movements to support the Dandi Satyagraha carried out by Mahatma Gandhi to protest against the British salt monopoly. Zainuddin and Narayanan together served 9 months in Kannur Central Jail.
“My Father came to Kozhikode from Cochin to take part in the Salt Satyagraha. It was just after three days of his marriage! He was called by E. Moidhu Maulavi, Congress leader to be a part of the protests at Kozhikode, which was organized under the leadership of Mohammed Abdurahman, renowned Congress leader and freedom fighter from Kerala” – Jamal Kochangadi writes in his Facebook post.
Kochangadi also shares how his father and veteran Malayalam writer Vaikom Mohammed Basheer became friends and continued the anti-British movements together – “Their friendship started at Kannur Central Jail. After being released, both went to Cochin and started a revolutionary newspaper titled ‘Ujjeevanam’. Basheer served as the editor and my father was the publisher”.
He ended the note by saying that this document of freedom struggle is invaluable and will be the proof for his citizenship.
Jamal Kochangadi’s note is getting widely read and discussed. People comment that this kind of memories and remembrances are very relevant at a time when the Indian Muslims are constantly questioned about their citizenship and identity, by the ruling BJP, which is said to have no role in the freedom struggle.