Dances of Olga Meos at the Tribal Festival in Belarus 2017; “The Ottoman Empire.” Alina Zagitova. Olympic gold medalist ice-skating free style performance. The Winter games of PyeongChang, 2018.

Why the Ottoman Empire was an ally in World war II. The Khilafat protests, MK Gandhi and Swaraj: Self-Government in India under British rule.

khilafat2Ottoman Caliphate: The Khilafat movement (1919–1924) was a pan-Islamic, political protest campaign launched by Muslims in British India to influence the British government and to protect the Ottoman Empire during the aftermath of World War I. Being a Caliph, the Ottoman emperor was nominally the supreme religious and political leader of all Muslims across the world. It won the support of Mahatma Gandhi and the predominantly Hindu Congress because of its anti-British overtones.  In 1920 an alliance was made between Khilafat leaders and the Indian National Congress, the largest political party in India and of the nationalist movement.  In India, although mainly a Muslim religious movement, the movement became a part of the wider Indian independence movement. Congress leader Mohandas Gandhi and the Khilafat leaders promised to work and fight together for the causes of Khilafat and Swaraj(self-government.) Seeking to increase pressure on the British, the Khilafatists became a major part of the Non-cooperation movementa nationwide campaign of mass, peaceful civil disobedience. The support of the Khilafatists helped Gandhi and the Congress ensure Hindu-Muslim unity during the struggle. Gandhi described his feelings towards Mohammad Ali as “love at first sight.”  The non-cooperation campaign was at first successful. Massive protests, strikes and acts of civil disobedience spread across India. Hindus and Muslims collectively offered resistance, which was largely peaceful. Gandhi, the Ali brothers and others were imprisoned by the British.   The movement was a topic in Conference of London (February 1920); However, the Congress-Khilafat alliance began withering soon. The Khilafat campaign had been opposed by other political parties such as the Muslim League and the Hindu Mahasabha.foreignclothes