Hasrat Mohani

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Syed Fazl-ul-Hasan Hasrat Mohani
Ambedkar and Maulana Hasrat Mohani at Sardar Patel's reception.jpg
Ambedkar and Mohani (left) at Sardar Patel's reception
Born Syed Fazl-ul-Hasan
(1875-10-04)4 October 1875
Mohan, Unnao District, British India
Died 13 May 1951(1951-05-13) (aged 76)
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Pen name Hasrat Mohani
Occupation Poet
Nationality Indian
Period 20th Century
Genre Ghazal
Subject Love and philosophy
Literary movement Indian independence movement

Maulana Hasrat Mohani (1 January 1875 – 13 May 1951) was an Indian activist in the Indian Independence Movement, and a noted poet of the Urdu language.[1]

The real name of Maulana was Syed Fazl-ul-Hasan. Hasrat was his pen name (takhallus) which he used in the Urdu poetry and the word Mohani refers to the native place of Mohan where he was born. 'Inquilab Zindabad' was coined by the Maulana Hasarat Mohani in 1921. He is the first person who demanded for complete independence for India in 1921 at Ahmedabad Session of INC.

Short biography

The real name of Hasrat Mohani was Syed Fazl-ul-Hasan. He was born in 1875 at Mohan (town) in the Unnao district of United Province in British India. Since he was a poet of Urdu, he had opted the pen name of Hasrat Mohani in Urdu shayri.

His ancestors migrated from Nishapur, in Iran.[2][3]

Hasrat Mohani was not just a maverick when it came to publicly championing the freedom struggle.[4] He also wrote verses expressing deep love for Krishna,[5] and often went to Mathura to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami.

Maulana Hasrat Mohani was a brilliant and hardworking student as well as a topper in his first state level exams. Later, he studied in Aligarh Muslim University, where some of his colleagues were Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar and Maulana Shaukat Ali. His teachers in poetry were Tasleem Lucknawi and Naseem Dehlvi.


A few of his books are Kulliyat-e-Hasrat Mohani (en. Collection of Hasrat Mohani's poetry), Sharh-e-Kalam-e-Ghalib (en. Explanation of Ghalib's poetry), Nukaat-e-Sukhan (en. Important aspects of poetry), Mushahidaat-e-Zindaan (en. 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 of 1982. The famous slogan of Indian freedom fighters Inquilab Zindabad was coined by Moulana Hasrat Mohani.


In 1921 Ram Prasad Bismil attended Ahmedabad Congress along with many volunteers from Shahjahanpur and occupied a place on the dais. A senior congressman Prem Krishna Khanna and revolutionary Ashfaqulla Khan was also with him. Bismil played an active role in the Congress with Maulana Hasrat Mohani and got the most debated proposal of Poorn Swaraj passed in the General Body meeting of Congress. Mohandas K. Gandhi, who was not in the favour of this proposal became quite helpless before the overwhelming demand of youths. It was another victory of Bismil against the Liberal Group of Congress.[6] He returned to Shahjahanpur and mobilised the youths of United Province for non-co-operation with the Government. The people of U.P. were so much influenced by the furious speeches and verses of Bismil that they became hostile against British Raj.

Struggle for Indian independence

Hasrat Mohani participated in the struggle for Indian Independence (end of British Raj); and was jailed for many years by British authorities. 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. He was a practising Muslim.

Communist movement

He was among the founders of the Communist Party of India. 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 Nasir Kazmi, 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. 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.

Critical appreciations

According to Akhtar Payami  : Hasrat's poetic genius has been acclaimed by many writers and critics. In the not too distant past (beginning and the first half of the 20th century), Hasrat Mohani, Jigar Moradabadi and Asghar formed a constellation of emerging poets in a crucial period of India's history. Major political developments were taking place in the subcontinent and the sun was about to set on the British Empire. As conscious members of society, poets and writers do not remain indifferent to the changes in their socio-political milieu. Not only India but the whole world was in a state of flux.

Death and legacy

Maulana Hasrat Mohani died on 13 May 1951 in Lucknow, India.

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

A girls' high school in Metiabruz, Kolkata, India, has been named after him – Hasrat Mohani Memorial Girls' Higher Secondary School.


  • 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

See also


  1. ^ "Chupke chupke raat din…". Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Gulam Ali Allana, Muslim political thought through the ages: 1562–1947, Royal Book Company (1988), p. 215
  3. ^ Avril Ann Powell, Muslims and Missionaries in Pre-Mutiny India, Routledge (2013), p.181
  4. ^ Jinnah and Tilak, Comrades in the Freedom Struggle by A. G. Noorani
  5. ^ http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?279545 an article of C.M.Naim on Hasrat Mohani
  6. ^ 'Krant'/Man Ki Lahar/page 95

External links

  • http://www.hasratmohanitrust.net
  • Urdu Poetry of Hasrat Mohani
  • Hasrat Mohani Ghazals
  • The Maulana Who Loved Krishna
  • Maulana Hasrat Mohani
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