The portal -- www.maulanaazadheritage.org -- was launched by Minister for Minority Affairs K Rahman Khan and it has rare pictures, videos and information about Azad's work as a freedom fighter, Islamic scholar and a journalist.
    
Planning Commission member and Azad's biographer Sayeeda Hamid, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Infrastructure, Public Information and Innovations, Sam Pitroda, and chairman of National Commission for Minorities, Wajahat Habibullah were also present at the event. Rajya Sabha member Najma Heptullah, grand niece of Azad, was also present.
    
Khan said, "Maulana Azad's thoughts, his contribution and commitment to nationalism and secularism are unparalleled. He was opposed to the idea of any nation forming on the basis of religion."    

Pitroda said that a proactive role should be taken by the people who have more information like rare photographs and his books to enrich the website and the portal could also be translated into foreign languages.
    
Habibullah noted that Azad was a leader of a "school of thought". He said that Azad always advised the Muslim community that instead of considering itself as the largest minority in the country, the community should look at itself as the second largest majority, which would boost its confidence.
    
Pitroda said that more such protals were in progress on leaders like Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel.

(Agencies)

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