Autobiography of the Great Dada Amir Haider Khan (1904-1986)

A new edition of the out-of-print autobiography of Dada Amir Haider published in 1988 titled “Chains to lose: Life and Struggles of a Revolutionary – Memoirs of Dada Amir Haider Khan, Vol 1” edited by Hasan N. Gardezi (462 Pages, Rs. 350, Patriot Publishers, Delhi 1988) is now available. Here is the cover page of the new edition.

Life and Struggles of a Revolutionary, Memoirs of Dada Amir Haider Khan

Chains to Lose – Life and Struggle of a Revolutionary
– Memoirs of Dada Amir Haider Khan

Hasan N. Gardezi, Ed., (Karachi 2007)

The following book review on the 1988 Edition by Shafqat Tanvir Mirza was published almost 20 years back in Weekly Viewpoint, Lahore. Today, i am honoured to post it at Uddari as it brings together at least five individuals who have and are contributing to the enrichment of our cultural and political life in the most magnificent ways.

Dada Amir Haider induces tears of love and respect from anyone in the Punjab with a mention of his name; Shafqat Tanvir Mirza’s life in journalism shows us how to live and work with integrity under oppressive regimes; Hasan N. Gardezi has shaped our ways of thinking with his political and literary writings; Amarjit Chandan reminds us of the best traditions of our poets who fight for revolutionary change; and, Mazhar Ali Khan who brought out Viewpoint and kept it going in Lahore in the toughest of situations.

Because of this, today is a beautiful day at Uddari even when clouds are bearing down on Vancouver.

Dada Amir Haider

Dada Amir Haider Khan
By Shafqat Tanvir Mirza

CHAINS TO LOSE is the life story, in his own words, of a great revolutionary, a father figure, a living legend. Every inch of a rebel from his very childhood, this colossus of a man stands before us dominating a whole era. In these pages, for the first time in print, revolutionary and trade union leader Dada Amir Haider chronicles in graphic detail the class struggle in colonial India. The readers of these memoirs will see the events of an important era in our history from the perspective of a highly refined proletarian consciousness.

Dada Amir Haider Khan 1904-1986

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Dada Amir Haider (1904-1986)

This is how the publisher has introduced Dada and the first part of his autobiography, which was written in English in 1939 when the leader was denied personal appearance in a Bombay court. He was arrested in Bombay under the Defence of India Rules and lodged in the Central Prison, Nasik Road, on a two-year sentence. Dada filed an application in the High Court demanding that he be allowed to plead his own ease against his conviction. His application was rejected. Dada then decided to put down in writing what he wanted to say, and gradually resolved to preserve in writing the entire story of what his life and labour had taught him as a revolutionary activist. The narrative covered the period from Dada’s childhood to 1926 when he, for the last time, bade goodbye to the United States and sailed out for Moscow to get training in revolutionary work.

Dada has narrated the story in the minutest detail in the last chapter of the book. According to him, the C.l. (Communist International) was attempting to help all colonial countries which had industrial workers to develop Communist parties. With this in view the Cl was attempting to help train some revolutionary workers who would become party organisers and political workers m their respective countries. The Indian Communist Party was also asked to select some students. The job was assigned to M. N. Roy, who could not find any in India. Therefore, he asked the American Communist Party for help which in turn contacted the Ghadar Party. The Ghadar Party selected five students of whom Dada was one.

VD Chopra, an old political colleague of Dada in Rawalpindi, writes in the preface: “These memoirs in reality are recollections of the history of this Sub-continent and bring into sharp focus how the revolutionary urge of a peasant youth in the most economically and politically backward region of the Punjab before partition, the Pothohar region in north western Punjab – in Kahuta in particular gripped his mind. This was not an isolated development because from this very region a large number of young men had joined the INA. This fact is being recapitulated to make out that the national movement of united India did leave a deep impact on the common people of the entire country. Dada Amir Haider Khan was a product of this new national awakening who through a zigzag process became one of the founders of the Indian Communist Movement.”

Dada Amir Haider’s memoirs, therefore, are not only a narration of events and how these events moulded his life. They form a rich source material for historians and research scholars. However, the most important aspect of the memoirs is that they reveal how determined efforts were made by him, step by step and against heavy odds, to liberate our country from foreign domination and build a new social order.

The first volume of memoirs covers the first 22 years of the 20th century. Dada had a very, very hard life right from the beginning. He was born to a Chib Rajput family of village Sabbian of Kahuta. This family had its social roots in the Kashmir area. Dada’s first bitter experience was at a very tender age. At the time of the death of his grand father his father and his younger brother were minors. Therefore their brother-in-law was made their custodian. This gentleman cleverly deprived both the brothers of agricultural land left by their father. They were no match to their brother-in-law and therefore avoided confrontation and legal battles. Dada’s father selected a barren, rather stony piece of land and with his hard labour turned it into a small farm.

Dada was still a lad of hardly five or six years when his father died. Difficult days were ahead for him and his elder brother. The circumstances led their mother to marry the younger brother of her late husband. The stepfather’s attitude was almost hostile towards the young Dada who was very fond of education.

Unfortunately there was no school in the village, and the nearest one was four or five miles away. Anyhow his stepfather unwillingly agreed that Dada should go to a maulvi of the village who would teach him the Quran.

That was the beginning of Dada’s hardships. Dada went to many maulvis and then to schools but ultimately had to desert his home. Once he ran away and went to his elder brother, who was in the army at Peshawar. He was brought back but again forced to leave the house. This time he went to Calcutta where his elder brother after release from the army, had joined a gang of drug traffickers. The gang was headed by some Europeans. Dada was recruited in the gang. When this group was smashed he left Calcutta and went to Bombay where he got a job as a labourer on a ship. This assignment took Dada to Europe and America and it was there that his contacts with the American Communist Party and the Ghadar Party were established.

SS Leviathan is one of many ships Dada Amir Haider worked on

SS Leviathan is one of many ships Dada worked on.

What did Dada do after leaving America for Moscow in 1922? For that we have to wait for the next volume of his autobiography.

Ayub Mirza has written a biography of Dada in Urdu in the form of a novel. Both these books make extremely interesting reading. — SHAFQAT TANVIR MIRZA
[November 30, 1989. VlEWPOINT, Lahore]

The New Edition is available from Pakistan Study Centre, University of Karachi, Karachi-752702007. Price Rs 800 (Vol I-II), Pages 793. Contact the Publisher Syed Jaffar Ahmed at pscuok@yahoo.com, and Editor Dr Hassan Gardezi at gardezihassan@hotmail.com.

More information on Dada, and a review of the 2007 Edition by literary and art critic Sarwat Ali, is posted here: nasir-khan.blogspot.com

Materials provided by Amarjit Chandan

47 comments on “Autobiography of the Great Dada Amir Haider Khan (1904-1986)

  1. Umer says:

    Dear Sir :
    I want a book on biography of DADA AMIR HAIDER in URDU….. some one tell me which is the best and from where I can get it?

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  2. Mohammed Israr Qamar Khan says:

    Dada Amir Haider Khan was my Great Grandads brother, so my Great Uncle. I want to know if he had a family after him because ive met somebody who thinks she may be related to him. so i want to know if we’re cousins. if anyone has any idea then please contact me Israr-Q-@hotmail.com

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  3. Syed Naseer Ahamed says:

    Madam Usharani Garu, Pl give the details of the book u r reading on Dada Amir Hyder Khan. It will b useful to me. send details to naseerahamedsyed@gmail.com.

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  4. Syed Naseer Ahamed says:

    Madam Usharani garu. Thank you. In which language you are reading abridged form of the book on Dada Amir Hyder Khan? Pl let me know? Where can i get it. If you have any information or photos on Amir sab kindly pass on to me to the address given in my above letter.

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  5. K.USHA RANI says:

    I was reading Abridged and translation of the book-A Legendary Communist-Amir Haider Khan,and was very much inspired.I was about to write a book review and wanted some more information and I came across this book. I am very happy that the task of writing a book on such a legendary figure is taken up by Syed Naseer Ahemed in telugu.. I am waiting….

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  6. Syed Naseer Ahaemd says:

    What is correct Year of Death of Dada? is it 1986 or 1989? Pl kindly Clarify

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  7. Syed Naseer Ahamed says:

    Dear Balaji Sab,
    I wish to read your book written in Tamil on DADA AMIR HAIDER KHAN. Even though i did not know Tamil, but i can get it read by my Tamil Friends. Sir, I am preparing to write a book on DADA in Telugu, as there is no book on him in complete form. Hence your book will be help full to me. Hence i request you to give complete details of the book ( Title, Author, Year of publish, Complete postal address of the Publisher, Phone numbers of Publisher and Author of the book and Price of the Book Ect.).If you have copies of the book send it by VPP. If send it by post or corier and inform me the price, amount will be sent to you my MO or as you wish.
    Here I am giving my postal address
    SYED NASEER AHAMED
    3-506, APANGHAR, UNDAVALLI CENTER-522501
    TADEPALLY MANDALAM, GUNDUR DIST, ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA.

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  8. Syed Naseer Ahamed says:

    Dear Faugia Ragiq Sab,
    Where can v get the ‘Ayub Mirza’s biographical-novel’ on Dada. In which language it is published. If you have details kindly let us know
    SNA

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  9. Syed Naseer Ahamed says:

    Dear Sirs,
    I am happy to inform you that after 6 months relentless exercise I got ‘Chains to lose: Life and Struggles of a Revolutionary – Memoirs of Dada Amir Haider Khan. It will be of great help to me for my Telugu book on DADA.
    SNA

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  10. Syed Naseer Ahamed says:

    Dear chaudhary haroon samot Sab,
    I wish to have the photo of Dada Ameer Hyder khans Grave and his other photos like his house and his photo with other comrades. If you have any of his photos kindly mail to naseerahamedsyed@gmail.com.
    Sir I am writing a book in our Telugu language on DADA, you photos and any information about DaDa will be of great help to me. Please cooperate.
    With Regards
    Syed Naseer Ahamed.

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  11. Syed Naseer Ahamed says:

    Dear Balaji Sab,
    I am trying to write a book on DADA in Telugu language. Your book on DADA will be of great help to me. More over DADA spent lot of his time in Madras. Could you send me book or details of dada or photos of dada to naseerahamedsyed@gmail.com
    Please cooperate.
    With Regards
    Syed Naseer Ahamed

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  12. Syed Naseer Ahamed says:

    Sir, I wish to have the photos of Dada Amir Hyder Khan for my forthcoming book on Dada Sab. If any one have photos of Dada or photos relating to Dada kindly mail to naseerahamedsyed@gmail.com.

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  13. balaji says:

    Hello Readers
    I am one person who have published his memoiers in Tamil

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  14. dada amir haider khan is the real heero of the freedom struggle.

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  15. chaudhary haroon samote says:

    if any one want to see dada amir haider khan grave and want to meet his relatives ….contact with me ..i am from his village

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  16. Syed Naseer Ahamed says:

    I am not getting book on Dada Ameer Hyder Khan. Please let me know the name and address of Indian Distributor of the book. V wish to purchase any other books on Dada Ameer Hyder Khan. Please let us know. Help me in getting the book on Dada.

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  17. Syed Naseer Ahamed says:

    Dear Sir, I am from India. where can i get the book on Amir Hyder Sab. If it is from Patriot Publishers, Delhi, kindly provide complete address. If you can send it to us pl let us know how to send money to you.

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  18. Syed Naseer Ahamed says:

    Sir,
    Thank you for your information. Here in out Andhrapradesh of India whee Amir Hyder khan taught ABCD’s of Communism to famous leaders like Puchhallapalli Sundaraiah and Khambampati senior, our people wish to bring out a book on Amir Sab in Telugu. Hence i wish to have the book ‘Chains to lose: Life and Struggles of a Revolutionary – Memoirs of Dada Amir Haider Khan, Vol 1” edited by Hasan N. Gardezi (462 Pages, Rs. 350, Patriot Publishers, Delhi 1988)’. In this regard i wish to know the address of Patriot Publishers, Delhi, so that i can purchase the book from them. Mainly Basing upon that book i wish to write the book in Telugu, so that we can introduce Amir sab in detail to our Telugu reading people of out Andhra Pradesh. There are no books on Amir sab in Telugu. I wrote some articles on him and got published in out papers. So please give address or if you send the book to me i will pay the amount by means you suggest.

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  19. Syed Naseer Ahamed says:

    what was the correct Date of birth and Date of Birth of Dada Ameeer Hyder Khan Sab
    Some books saying 1900-1999
    Some other books Stating 1900-1989
    It was mentioned in Wikipedia as date of death is 26 December 1989.
    Kindly clarify it.
    v r bringing a ALBUM of Muslim Heroes of Indian subcontinent (Near about 150 Sketches) , who fought against the British from 1757-1947. Among them Ameer Hyder Khan sab also one.
    Pl cooperate.

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  20. Amarjit Chandan says:

    Email from Dr Hassan Gardezi
    re Saqib Abbasi’s comment about Dada Amir Haider Khan

    Thanks for this Amarjit Sain.
    Last time I saw Dada face to face was also in 1978 (August). He was still living in a room in the outer quarters of a bungalow belonging to the Minto family in Rawalpindi. The rest of what Mr. Abbasi says is correct as far as I know. He always attracted young middle class students who were fascinated by him.

    With all the best

    Hassan

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  21. saqib abbasi says:

    i take pride in the fact that i spent the last 8 years of dada amir haider with him,at my fathers house from 1978 onwards.i was a young medical student then.
    dada even at that age was strong as a rock,use to walk for miles all day,distributing literature,fondly wearing a small medal with a photo of lenin and marx.his passport was confiscated in early 70s,he filed a case and eventually got a relief from supreme court in 1984,and travelled to india to meet his old comrades,that was his last wish,after being able to make a school in his village upto matriculation level.he was buried in the same school on his own land.
    i differ with the date of birth of dada,he himself use to say it is 3rd march 1900,although was not too sure.

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  22. Amjad Sheikh says:

    Hi,
    Me to looking for this book to know more about this great great personality of our history.Anyone if find any info please help.
    Best regards,
    Amjad Sheikh

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  23. syed Naseer Ahamed says:

    i wish to purchase the wonderful book.

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  25. wajid hussain says:

    What a great man.read all his life history and thought he did well but in our area he should be known as a great hero.
    wajid. dhok baba faiz bukhsh Bewal

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  26. Dear Sir,

    I am in need of help to find a book, memoirs of Dada Amir Haider Khan. I would be gratefull for your kind help in this matter as to where I can buy the book?

    Thank you

    J Rehman

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  27. dada mir haider khan actually belongs to village KAHLIYAN SIYANLIYAN near samote (union concel) tehsil kallar syedan.

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  28. sudhan says:

    Comrade Dada Amir Haider Khan died in December 1989. Please change the date of his death in the blog.

    Nasir Khan
    http://nasir-khan.blogspot.com

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  29. There is obviously a lot to know about this. There are some good points here.

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  31. I am a special correspondent at The News, Karachi, and Chief of the Bureau, The Sunday Indian, New Delhi. I met Dada in 1970 when I was a student. The occasion was a political meeting at the historic Khaliq Dena Hall in Karachi where prominent trade union leader Dr. Aizaz Nazir introduced Dada Amir Haider. I was so inspired that I interviewed Dada although I was not associated with any paper at that time.
    A couple of months ago my friend Dr. Jaffer Ahmed, director, Pakistan Study Centre, University of Karachi, gifted me the memoirs of Dada. I was overwhelmed. I was honoured when I had the opportunity to cover the book launching ceremony of this treasure the other day for my newspaper and also interview eminent sociologist Hassan N. Gardezi.

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  32. Ansar Abid says:

    I must say that two writers have produced briliant work on Dada. One in Urdu is a historical biographical novel by Dr Ayub Mirza and the other is by Mr Gardezi.

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  33. Saad says:

    SaSriAkkal pa,ji

    tusi 61 day ho main 21 da

    hazoor! koi apna taaza kalam hi suna dayo!!!
    amrjit ji tusi kadi Lahore aa’ay ho? atay tusi kadi seaasi tay sufiaana maozuaat tay likhya ay?

    Rab Rakha,
    Saad

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  34. Amarjit Chandan says:

    meraa ishaara tuhaadiaaN Hasan Gardezi ji naal ‘Urhdu’ vich keetiaaN gallaN vall see.

    mai iss veley 61 saal daa haaN!

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  35. Saad says:

    “Saadey Sufi baabey Punjabi boldey sann.”
    ????????

    Amarjit sahib! sufism wich saaday, twadday kithoon aa gya? sufi na Punjabi hunday nain na Arabi na hi koi hor. sufi sari dunyaa lyi hunday nai. oh internationlist hunday hun, kisi khaas kaom day nahi.
    duji gal, sufiaan wastay baba hona zaroori nahi! Jay eh gal hundi tay Madhoo sahib kadi ve enhi chotti umar vich Shah Hussain sahib di uchiyaan gallaan na samjday.
    teeji gal, tmaam sufi punjabi nahi bolday san. siraf punjab day sufi hi punjabi bolday saun. Kabeer, Rumi, Saadi wargay wadday sufi punjabi nahi bolday san.
    chouthe gal, mai aay samjan toon kasir aan tusi kehna ki chanday ho? kyun jay utay likhay apnay comment vich kidray ve main ai nahi likha kay sufi babay punjabi nahi bolday san. jay twadday ishara es gal wal hy kay main Baba Farid sahib day asli-punjabi shair di thaan english-translation use kiti hy tay ….khair agay toon dhyaan rakhaan ga.
    panjvin gal, mairy koi gal buri lagay tay chotta putar samaj kay shama karna.

    Saad

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  36. Amarjit Chandan says:

    Saadey Sufi baabey Punjabi boldey sann.

    “We have not sent any messenger unless he was to explain to them in his people’s own language”.

    – Surah Abraham. áyat 4. Qur’an

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  37. Saad says:

    Hassan ji. thanks for your reply.

    I can send you my postal address at your e-mail address. So kindly send me your e-mail address at my following ID:
    comradesaad@gmail.com

    By the way, where do you live now; have you ever visited Lahore?? agar kabhi lahore aa’ain to mairay gharib khanay be tashrif la’ee’ay ga, mujay khushi ho gi!

    Another thing, at first, i thought you are a person related to socialism through Dada Amir Haider but, yesterday, when i was exploring apnaorg.com; there i found your article”Sufi Mysticism of the Indus Valley”. It reavealed on me that you are also interested in sufism. Which was really good since……. Sufism aur hamari family ka choli-daman wala rishta hai. You may have heared about Baba Jyoti Shah Alamapuri and Maulvi Ghulam Rasool Alampuri. They were the teachers(murshids) of my grand father Malang’s pious mother. Unhoon nay jo tasawuf ka charagh hamaray ghar main jalaya tha wo aaj tak jal raha hai. Agar saaf baat karoon to Sufism communism ke he purani shakal hai. Donoon main kitna faraq hai yeh is baat say waazya ho ja’ay ga kay Comrade Hochi Minh (a communist leader of Vietnam) nay aik bar Amrita Pritam sahiba(a Sufi poetess of Punjab) ko kha that “maira aur tumhara aik hi maksad hai, farak siraf itna hai kay main ‘tlwaar ka sipahi’ hoon aur tum ‘qalam ki sapahi’ ho”. Comrade Kim il-Sung (a communist leader of N.Korea) use to say, “People are my God” and all Sufi-poets also preached the same philosophy e.g., Baba Farid sahib(a renowned Sufi poet of Punjab) says: “Farida! God lies in creation and creation lie in God”.

    Dil chahta hai aapsay kabhi khul kay baat ho. Aapsay milnay ki aab bohat tamana ho rahi hai kyunkay aap hamaray nazariatte bhai maloom hotay hain ………………….

    Best wishes,
    Saad Ahmed Baghi.

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  38. Saad mian, I agree with all you have said. Thanks for information on Dada’s friends and comrades. Yes, The Autobiography of Dada,Chains to Lose, based on his manuscrips,relates mainly to his life and work before partition. That does not, however distract anything from his life and work in Pakistan. It only shows what kind of independent Pakistani society was in his vision and what he was trying to accomplish.

    Unfortunately, I had no direct association with Dada Amir Haider Khan or his close friends and comrades. I only met him two or three times in Rawalpindi in 1978 and therefore I am not qulified to write in any detail about his life in Pakistan. While working on his manuscripts in Canada, Dada wrote me a few letters and sent me a few notes about how the Various governments of Pakistan treated him. From those notes and letters, I peiced together a short chapter which I added to his autobiography.

    If you send me Your postal address I will try to have the two volumes sent to you. Otherwise, I have no control on the pricing of the book.

    Best regards.
    HNG

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  39. Saad says:

    I live in Mughalpura, Lhr.
    The days when Dada and co. use to come to our house we use to live in the house not so far from Mughalpura Railway workshop, the nucleus of revolutionary activities at that time. Iqbal Behri Bairra, Baba Pakistan(pseudonym), My grandpa(Hussain Baksh Malang), Baba Maoj Deen, Comrade Ilyas, Dr. Aziz Shaheed, Mirza Ibrahim(Dada And we oppose him ideologically) all use to work in Railways. Except Mirza all were very sincere in promoting Dada’ mission i.e., the mission of proletariat class. There were also some other men like Masood Khadpoosh who accompny them in there mission.
    I don’t know whether there names are include in the autobiography or not but i know they were the most bright stars of Dada’s universe, after the partition. Among them Comrade Ilyas, much younger than Dada, was one of the most trusted comrades of Dada. It was the person who use to inform us about Dada and his activities when he was out of city. Today he is sleeping in the ‘gumtam’ page of our history.

    Since our house was not near to Mughalpura Railway Workshop thus our house was the head-quarter of mazdoor-leaders. Now one more thing I like to tell u; Baba Maoj Deen, the teacher of my grand-pa, was the first revolutionary of Sub-continent who started his activities in Lahore (Today he is remembered as a Sufi saint but we know who he was). He is perhaps the earliest most socialists of India. He was spreading here communism even before the Bolshevik revolution (1917). When Bhagat Singh, Dada and others started there activities here, Maoj was the first to welcome them. Maoj formed an literary and political circle around him in Lahore. Poets like Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Dr, Wajdi and Malik Khushi Mohammad etc and leaders like Dada A. Haider, Bhagat Singh, Masood Khadarpoosh etc were some of the men of his circle. It was Maoj whom introduced Dada and co. to Malang, my respected grandap………………………………………………..
    Kehan toon tay barra kuj hy par samaj nahi aandi ki kuj kawaan tay ke nahi.
    You have my e-mail address. If you want personal information regarding me, it’ll be safer to discuss it through that e-mail.

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  40. Amarjit Chandan says:

    Saad jio

    PehlaaN eh dasso tuseeN kithey rehNdey o?

    Kitaab tussaN takk puhachhan daa koyee heela keeta ja sakdaa e.

    tusiN aap Dada te hor comrades baarey jo vee jaandey o, likh devo. jiveN: Rafiq, Dr. Aziz (chairman Young Peoples’ Friends), Comrade Ilyas, Iqbal Behri Bairra.

    Lal Salaam. In their honour we live.

    a.

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  41. Saad says:

    I’m very thankful to you for your kind reply. My father to have met with Dada Amir Haider 50’s times. Before reading your reply i was discussing with him on Dada.

    Dear Hassan/Amarjit! I think the maximum portition of Dada’s autobiography is of the era before partition. Isn’t it? If yes then it is useless to search Baba Hussain Baksh Malang Sahib in it. Since the comradeship between Dada sahib and Malang sahib belong to the era after the bloody partition of 1947. Thus, i end my question.

    By the way, you people have done a good job by publishishing his autobiography but have u noticed that Dada was “Pisay Lokaan Da Aashiq”(Lover of Oppressed Ones)[as, my grand-pa Malang sahib use to say him] but the rate of this autobiography is so high that no poor man can buy it. Dada too belong to poor & oppressed family. This great leader use to come to our house some time on cycle and sometime on buses and sometime on foot. But his autobiograpy can only be bought by men of cars. unki suhanay-umri ka rate itna to rak daytay kay Dada sahib ki awaz un pisay aur mazloom logoon tak pohanch jatee jinkay le’ay wo likhtay thay. I just wrote what i experienced………….

    Another thing, i would like to say Dada Amir Haider wasn’t an ordinary man. Hence his autobiography shouldn’t be an ordinary one. It should be complete; every aspect of Dada and his life (whether political or social) must be discussed in his biography.

    Lastly, have you planned in future to write on other men of revolution e.g., Comrade Rafiq, Dr. Aziz (chairman Young Peoples’ Friends), Comrade Ilyas, Iqbal BehriBairra [these were the men who were involved in the political & revolutionary activities, along with Dada.]?

    Red Salute To Dada Sahib and all those people who are, directly or indirectly, spreading his message in the world

    comradely,
    Saad Ahmed Baghi

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  42. Amarjit Chandan says:

    This is from Dr Hassan Gardezi:

    I compiled Dada Amir Haider Khan’s autobiography from his typed and hand-written manuscripts which are all about his childhood in his village near Rawalpindi (with short escapes to Peshawar, Calcutta and Bombay), before he enlisted as a seafarer and left the country, followed by his work in USA, his education as a communist in Moscow and his return to the industrial south of India as a union organizer and anti-colonial worker. These manuscripts end at early 1940s when he returned to the Rawalpindi area followed by partition.

    In the last chapter of the memoirs, I have added a brief account of what happened to Dada after partition in Pakistan. This is based on bits and pieces of his letters, notes and personal conversations. I did not come across any mention of Baba Malang Sahib, but this may be due to very fragmetary record of his post-independence life and political work in Pakistan which I had access to.

    Regards,Hassan

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  43. fauzia rafiq says:

    Saad Jee,
    I had sent your comment to Amarjit Chandan, here is his response:
    “Have checked Gardezi’s book. It has no reference to Malang Baba. Need to check Ayub Mirza’s biographical-novel on Dada. I’ll keep on trying for Baba Malang’s grandson.”

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  44. Saad says:

    I want to ask something.

    Dada Amir Haider sahib was a friend of my pious grand-father Hussain Baksh (Baba Malang Sahib) and several time Dada was given refuge by Malang in his house,Lahore. I heared Dada’s name since my birth and i have due respect for him in my hearts.

    Is there any reference of my grand-father in Dada’s auto-biographies???

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  45. theblahstory says:

    Sounds like interesting read.

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