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Ubaidullah Sindhi: Freedom fighter, known for ‘Silk Letter Conspiracy’

Ubaidullah Sindhi, a frontline freedom fighter who vigorously persuaded the cause of Azadi, through support from Pan Islamic countries known as ‘Silk Letter Conspiracy’ was born on March 10, 1872 as Sialkot. He was the life member of Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi, served it on a token money where a boys hostel is named after him.

Ubaidullah was a part of Islamic School of Deoband and was close to Maulana Mahmud-al-Hasan, Maulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi etc. who initiated a movement against English Raj. Sindhi travelled to Afghanistan wherein a ‘revolutionary government’ in exile was founded at Emir Habibullah’s palace, with Raja Mahender Pratap Singh as the President and Sindhi as a Minister. It was aimed to liberate India by overthrowing British Government with the help of Indian, Afghan, Turkish and German supporters. He also issued the ‘Charter for the Independence of India’ from Istanbul, Turkey. Ubaidullah remained active on involving students in freedom movement through ‘Jamaitul Ansaar’ which was used in covert anti-British propaganda. He fiercely worked for an insurrection in tribal regions of British India, terming it ‘Jihad’ for Muslims.

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