In the 19th century India was under British rule. It was also a land in need of social reform. This period gave rise to several movements in the country, some of them reformist, others fighting for independence. In the course of these struggles, many individuals distinguished themselves by leading the campaign for change and bringing about a new awakening in the country. In the face of great adversity they worked selflessly to achieve their objectives. Unsung Heroes is a tribute to the courage, vision, and sacrifice of some of these brave sons and daughters of India. This volume features Dadabhai Naoroji, Lala Lajpat Rai, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Subramanya Bharathi, Maulana Azad, and Ashfaqullah Khan. All these visionaries fought for justice and the betterment of their fellowmen. Their commitment, heroism, selfless service, and compassion are an inspiration for all humanity.
- Harish Dhillon
Harish Dhillon had his schooling at the Lawrence School, Sanawar, trained for the Army and was then boarded out of the services on medical grounds. He went on to do his post-graduation and doctorate in English Literature from the Lucknow University, where he lectured for seven years. In 1995 he became headmaster at Sanawar and then moved to Yadavindra Public School, Mohali (Chandigarh), as Principal in 1999. His books include The Lives & Teachings of the Sikh Gurus, Love Stories from the Punjab, The Legend of Banda Bahadur, The Living Saint (a biography of Bhagat Puran Singh), Spiritual Masters: Guru Nanak, and Kali Saver (short stories in Punjabi). He has also written two collections of short stories in English After the Storm and The Song of Silence. He currently lives in Dharampur after retirement from the post of Principal, YPS, Mohali.
- Dr. R. Srinivasan
Dr. R. Srinivasan was born in Mumbai in 1929 and had his school and college education in Mumbai. He did his B.A. (Hons.) in history and his M.A. in politics. He was awarded the P. A. Wadia Prize, the William Wedderburn Scholarship and the Telang Gold Medal by the University of Bombay. In 1960 he went to the University of Toronto on a Vincent Massey Scholarship for higher studies. On his return he joined the Department of Civics and Politics of the Bombay University and retired as professor in 1989. He has guided a number of students for their M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees. He has edited and authored several books. His special interests are modern Indian history, political philosophy, and political sociology.
- Abdul Kader Mukadam
Abdul Kader Mukadam, as a protagonist of progressive ideology and values, has always been actively associated with a number of social organisations committed to the propagation of these values. He is associated with the Muslim Satya Shodhak Mandal, the first progressive movement of Muslims in India, and is a founder-member of Muslims for Secular Democracy. He regularly contributes articles to newspapers and periodicals on the subject of the problems of Indian Muslims and has participated in debates on this subject on All India Radio and on television. He has presented research papers at seminars organised by Bombay University, Pune University, and Surat University. His areas of interest include Sufism and the politics of the Middle East. He is the author of several books in Marathi: Problems of Indian Muslims, The story of Indian Muslims, and Chandrakorichya Chhayet (In the Shade of the Crescent). A compilation of some of his articles which have appeared in newspapers and periodicals has also been published.