Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad’s Tomb
Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad’s tomb is located just before the imposing Eastern gateway of Jama Masjid, near the Meena Bazaar Street. A popular freedom fighter and a nationalist leader, Azad was always held in high regard in political circles for his secular thoughts and high principles. He was a dedicated member of Congress Party and one of the few Muslim leaders who strongly opposed the partition of India. He was a highly qualified scholar and had the title of Maulana even though he was not a practicing cleric. Maulana Azad started his political life as a journalist as he was an eloquent writer and a captivating speaker. After India’s independence he became the Cabinet Minister of Education and devoted his life for the welfare of common citizens. The Government of India posthumously awarded him the country’s highest civilian honor Bharat Ratna.
The author of the book ‘India Wins Freedom’ was buried here in 1958 near the most sacred mosque of the capital. A decent arched structure in white color marks the tomb of this great man. The tomb lies in the midst of a beautiful well-laid garden, which provides a much needed breathing space near the busy Meena Bazaar.