If you care to look a little beyond the famous mangroves that decorate Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra, there lies a story of a man who must be celebrated. Sitting on the banks of Vashishthi River, a village named Mirjoli witnessed the birth of Hamid Dalwai on September 29th, 1932. Little did the village know that this boy, born in to a low-income Marathi-speaking Muslim family, would use the might of his writing to pen some of the most forward thinking views on Muslim politics, in India.
Hamid’s childhood experiences had deeply influenced his writings in the years that followed. Lack of finances, poor health conditions – losing family members to tuberculosis, an instance when he was beaten by his father for singing ‘Vande mataram’, his father’s multiple marriages, all shaped his young mind. He grew up firmly believing that these pitiable conditions in the Muslim community could improve only when men and women were treated equal. Read more