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Obituaries: 1-15 October 2001
Prof. Mughisuddin Faridi, former head of
Urdu department at St Johns College, Agra, died in Kanpur recently. He was 75.
Dr Faridi, who later joined Delhi University, was a well-known poet and an Urdu
scholar who recited his verses with great elan at mushairas all over the
country. He was related to the Sufi family of Shaikh Salim Chisti. Dr Faridi was
closely associated all his life to the mausoleum of the Saint at Fatehpur Sikri.
His family regretted that he could not be buried at Sikri.
Mrs Sheerin Hasrat, founder secretary of Kajamalai Ladies Association,
Trichy, died on 17 September. Born on 2 March 1942, she was active in social
service in her area. Her family, friends and staff expressed sorrow over her
Haji Haroon Ahmad Ansari, a freedom fighter, former Congress MLA and
chairman of Malegaon Municipal Corporation, died on 11 August. According to
family sources, he died after a prolonged illness in the power-loom town of
Malegaon 90 km away from Nasik.
Bashir Ahmad Kachlew, minister for social welfare J&K, died of cancer
at Apollo Hospital, New Delhi on 26 August. He was 62. He was admitted to the
hospital 10 days ago. He was a senior leader of the ruling National Conference,
and held key posts in his party and Farooq Abdullah government.
J&K government announced a one day mourning in his honour. State Governor GC
Saxena and Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah expressed sorrow over his death. The
Governor in his message said that the state has lost a great helper of the poor.
Farooq Abdullah said that the celebrated minister’s death was his personal