About the Book
Based on the hard facts, documents, opinions and observations collected from a wide range of sources, Wings of Destiny: Ziaur Rahman Ansari – A Life, offers an insight into the life of Ziaur Rahman Ansari (1925-1992), who served as union minister in the council of ministers of two Prime Ministers – Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. The book traces his political journey spanning nearly three decades and provides a rare glimpse into his vision, convictions, traits and beliefs.
The book delineates the legacy of Abul Kalam Azad (1888-1959) and Hasrat Mohani (d.1951) including their scholarly merits, vision, secularism and commitment to Hindu-Muslim unity. It provides a comprehensive historical account of lesser known facts about the 1857 Mutiny and immense contribution by a galaxy of ulamas (religious scholars) in India’s freedom struggle. Some of the epoch making movements – Khilafat, Non-Cooperation, Mappilas (Muslims) uprising, Momin Conference and their contribution in the freedom movement have been discussed.
The Supreme Court judgment in Shah Bano case remains one of the most controversial and debated judgements in the annals of Indian judicial history as well as polity. An in-depth analysis of the case and different perspectives from jurists, academia, religious scholars, journalists, bureaucrats, writers, political fraternity including excerpts from Ziaur Rahmnan’s speech in the Parliament house have been elucidated.
The author rounds of the book by divulging the last two years in Ziaur Rahman’s life. His last days were traumatic and were marred by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, an incurable neurological disorder. His agony and anguish was heightened with the complete loss of his speech and other associated ailments as a result of malicious charges levelled against him by persons with vested interests.
The biography will be of immense interest to religious scholars, journalists, political figures and the people alike.
About the Author
A trained Environmental Scientist, Fasihur Rahman has served in both public and private sector. Between 2015 and 2017, he has taken up several assignments as Visiting Scientist at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, Canada.
He has written, among others, for Indian Newspapers (The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Pioneer, The Statesman); Canadian (Toronto Star, The Telegram, The Independent); United Arab Emirates (Khaleej Times); and UK (The Sunday Times). He spends his time in India and Canada.