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Muhammad Iqbal ‘Allama’ (Author)
Muhammad Iqbal ‘Allama’ (1877-1938) is best remembered in India for ‘Saare jahaan se acchha’, recited to this day as an alternate anthem. A pre-eminent poet of India in the early twentieth century, he eulogized the land and its peoples with his mellifluous verse. He published several collections, including Baang-e-Daraa (1924), Javed-Naama (1932) and Baal-e-Jibreel (1935). In his later years he became the voice of Islam in India, advocating its causes through his writings, particularly The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam (1930), his poetry and public speeches. In Pakistan today, he is regarded and cherished as a founding father.
Arunava Sinha (Translator)
Arunava Sinha translates classic, modern and contemporary Bengali fiction and non-fiction into English. Twenty-eight of his translated works have been published so far. Born and brought up in Calcutta, he lives and works in Delhi.