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Iqbal Ansari joins Hamdard University as
A. Ansari has recently joined Hamdard University’s Centre for Federal
Studies as a visiting professor. Prof Ansari earlier served the Aligarh
University for 33 years and retired as professor of English in 1995.
Since his retirement Prof Ansari has been engaged in research and
publication as well as activism in the area of human rights, especially of
minorities and Muslims. The first book edited by him, Muslim Situation in
India, for the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) came out in 1989. The
two volumes, Readings on Minorities Perspective and Documents (1996)
edited by him are considered to be pioneering source books on minorities
in the country. Under the auspices of the Minorities Council, of which he
is the founder secretary general, he prepared the book Communal riots, the
State & law in India (1977).
In 1998 came out two books: Human Rights in India: Some Issues and Concept
of Man: in comparative perspective. In 1999, Prof Ansari prepared the
‘Report on Communal Riots: Prevention & Control for the National
Commission for Minorities,’ which was adopted by the commission and sent
to the Union and state governments for action. Vol. III on Minorities is
in the press while a volume on freedom of religion is under preparation.
As visiting professor he is planning to work on the adequate protection of
the minority right to education, language and culture, in accordance with
Prof Iqbal Ansari is associated with several international and national
human rights organizations including the Amnesty International, the PUCL
& CFD. He also edits the quarterly Human Rights Today. He is leaving
shortly for UK and USA, to attend a meeting of the newly established
International Muslim Association for Inter-Religious Relations.
Prof Ansari also proposes to study and interact with Amnesty
International, Minority Rights Group and the Commission for Racial
Equality, all based in London. q