Childhood Of Bacha Khan

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (Bacha Khan) was born in the house of Khan Bahram Khan in the village of Utmanzai, in Hastnagar, now famous as Charsadda.

In those days it was not the custom in our families to keep a record of the date and year of the birth of one’s children. Beside, very few people knew how to read and write. Therefore, there is no record of the date and year of my birth. But according to Bacha Khan He said that “I have good reason to believe that I was born in 1890 because my mother used to tell me that my brother, Dr. Khan Saheb, was married when I was eleven years old. He was married in 1901, so I think it is correct to say that I was born in 1890.”

Bacha Khan's Education & Career

Received my primary education at the Municipal Board High School in Peshawar. Afterwards I went to the Mission School. A little later my brother finished his course of study at this school and went to Bombay to study medicine. I stayed at the Mission School with Barani Kaka, my servant…

Bacha Khan's Islah-ul-Afaghina & Alternate Education System

I was well aware that the illiteracy and the ignorance of my people could only lead them to ruin and destruction. Therefore my first task, as I saw it, would be to try to eliminate illiteracy.

            No help was expected from the mullahs. So a few friends and I got together to discuss what could be done light the lamp of knowledge in the dark world of ignorance our people were living in. We found a great and valuable helper in Haji Saheb of Tarangzai

Marriage & Joint Effort With Ulamai-e-Deoband

n 1912 my parents found a bride for me and my marriage took place. In 1913 my son, Ghani, was born.

            From Agra I went to Delhi, where I spent a few days with a nephew of Maulvi Faz’l-ul Rehman. While I was there I fell Ill. So I returned home…

Protest Against Rowlatt Act And First Imprisonment

In December 1915 my second son, Wali, was born. My eldest son Ghani was about three years old then.

The police, however, found out where we were and they came and arrested me. They took me to Mardan and put me in prison. The following day I was brought before the Superintendent of police, who gave orders to put me in fetters. But when they took me back they found that there were no fetters large enough for my feet. But the prison authorities were too afraid of the British not to obey the order. So they forced my feet into a pair of fetters that were too small for me and put me in a motorcar. Accompanied by the Superintendent of Police and the Assistant Commissioner of Mardan I was taken to Peshawar. 


Life In British Prison In Different Jails

Before I left the Peshawar prison they had fettered my feet again, but when I arrived at Dera Ismail khan prison the fetters were removed. I was put in a cell, and the following day I was given twenty seers of corn to grind, on a grindstone of course. But maggots appeared to have had a go at the corn first, for not one grain was hard, so it was not a hard job this time.
The jailor was an elderly Muslim, who had been a soldier before he became a prison official. He could not speak English and was due to retire.
The superintendent of the prison was an Englishman who could not speak any language but English. Therefore all the work in the prison was done by Gangaram, the deputy jailor.

Second Marriage, Hijrat, Campaign And Khilafat Movement

My second marriage took place in1920.
In that year I also took part in the All India Khilafat Committee conference in Delhi. There was at that conference an ardent young man, called Aziz, who proposed the Hijrat movement. He said that we should all leave this country. At that time we thought it was just a joke. But the joke became a calamity. This unfortunate joke was the cause of a terrible loss of Pathan lives and property.

The Khudai Khidmatgars And Steps In Politics

A Few days later, when I was back at Utmanzai, I received a telegram from Nadir Khan informing me that he had conquered Kabul. This made me very happy.

            To celebrate the victory we took out two processions, one from the northern end of Hastnaghar and one from the southern end. The two processions met at Utmanzai where we held a big meeting. Many patriotic poems were recited, and speeches were made. I, too, made a speech.

            I told the Pathans: “There are two ways to National progress: one is the path of religion, and the other is the road of patriotism. Even if you have not yet acquired much education, I said “You have all heard of America and Europe. The people in those continents and countries may not be very religious, but they do have a sense of patriotism, love for their nation, and social consciousness. And look at the progress that has been made there. Then take a look at ourselves!

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The Unheared Voice Of Fakhr-e-Afghan

Quote Of Bacha Khan

Do not feel bad that People remember you only when they need you… Feel privileged that you are like a candle that comes to mind when there is darkness in their life!

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (Bacha Khan)

Non-Violence Preacher

List Of Books On Bacha Khan

  1. Two Servants of God by Mahadev Desai, Published by The Hindustan Times Press, 1935.
  2. Frontier and its Gandhi by J. S. Brite Published by Allied Indian Publishers Lahore, 1944.
  3. A Tribute to Frontier Gandhi by Meribar Published by International Book House Bombay, 1956.
  4. Abdul Ghaffar Khan; Faith is Battle by D. G. Tendulkar published Gandhi Peace Foundation Bombay 1967.
  5. Thrown to the Wolves by Pyaray Lal Published by East Light Book Calcutta, 1966. 
  6. A Man to match his Mountains by Eknath Eswaran published by Penguin Press California, 1984.
  7. My Life and Struggle by K. B. Narnang published by Hind Pocket Books 1969. A Pilgrimage for Peace; Gandhi and Frontier Gandhi in NWFP by Pyaray Lal published by Nogivan Publishing House Ahmedabad, 1950.
  8. Frontier Speaks by Muhammad Younas Published by Hind Book Bombay, 1947
  9. Frontier Gandhi by G. L. Joshi Published National Publishing House Delhi, 1970
  10. The Frontier Gandhi; his place in History by M.S. Korejo Published by Oxford University Press Karachi, 1993.

List Of Articles & Research Papers On Bacha Khan

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