Did you know that Mohemmad Ali road in South Mumbai, which is well known for food lanes which come alive with gastronomic activities during the Holy month of Ramadan is named after Mohammad Ali Jouhar.
Who is Mohammad Ali Jouhar ?
He was the sixth Muslim to become the President of Indian National Congress and it lasted only for few months. In 1921, Ali formed, a broad coalition with Muslim nationalists like Shaukat Ali, Mulana Azad, Hakim Ajmal Khan, Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari and Indian nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi, who enlisted the support of the Indian National Congress and many thousands of Hindus, who joined the Muslims in a demonstration of unity. Jouhar also wholeheartedly supported Gandhi’s call for a national civil resistance movement, and inspired many hundreds of protests and strikes all over India. He was arrested by British authorities and imprisoned for two years for what was termed as a seditious speech at the meeting of the Khilafat Conference.
Jouhar was however, disillusioned by the failure of the Khilafat movement and Gandhi’s suspension of non-cooperation in 1922, owing to the Chauri Chura incident.
He is also responsible to have restarted a weekly publication called Hamdard.