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Obituaries: 16-31 July 2001
Leading freedom fighter and the first chief
executive of Delhi Metropolitan Council, MIR MUSHTAQ AHMAD, died on 29
June at the age of 85. He was not keeping well for sometime.
Born in Shimla, Mir Sahib came to Delhi to pursue his studies and also to take
part in freedom movement which he had joined like his father, Mir Abdus Sattar.
Incidentally he was lodged in the same cell in Ambala Jail in which his father
had been imprisoned earlier.
In 1937 he invited Mohammad Ali Jinnah to speak at Delhi College, but the
meeting ended with the Mir taking the distinguished guest to task for making
remarks of communal nature. When the Viceroy visited a cinema house in Connaught
Place, the Mir hoisted the Congress flag atop the bandstand, as an act of
defiance. For this he was jailed. He deiced to live in India even though his
whole family migrated to Pakistan after Partition.
After the country's independence he left the Congress to join the Praja
Socialist Party. He also founded the Janata Co-Operative Bank, that is still
flourishing. Subsequently, he rejoined the Congress and became the first chief
executive Councilor of Delhi. he was also first chairman of Delhi Waqf Board.
After independence when Urdu was orphaned it was the Mir who with some of his
friends took the cause of Urdu and formed Anjuman Tameer-e-Urdu. He was its
founding president. Its office was also in one part of his house in Urdu Bazar
near Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. He also launched an Urdu weekly, Asia. It has
ceased publication now.
The Mir will be remembered for his social services and his involvement in
co-operative societies. With his death Delhi has lost one of the rare old faces
of the traditional Dilli. His death has been condoled by a large number of his
HAFIZ MUHAMMAD MOHSIN died recently in Mumbai. He was around 45. Hafiz, a
well known columnist whose writings adored a number of Urdu newspapers and
magazines, was also a known Muslim activist who worked relentlessly for the
welfare of the community. Based in Mumbai he was attached to several social,
welfare and religious organizations including Jamaat-e-Islami, Milli Council and
Institute of Objective Studies (IOS).
A known figure in the community in Mumbai and New Delhi, Mohsin had an open mind
and used to represent the community in different forums. He was also attached to
several Marathi organizations through which he struggled, alongwith some other
social activists in Mumbai, to co-ordinate with Dalit and Christian activists in
order to bring different minority communities and downtrodden segments of the
Hafiz was introduced to Jamaat-e-Islami at an early age. He initially joined the
Students Islamic Movement of India and later graduated to Jamaat. He also
coordinated with other religious and social organizations despite being in the
Hafiz Muhammad Mohsin was a brilliant writer and used to write regularly for
Afkar-e-Milli, Inquilab-e-Jadeed, besides Urdu Times, Hindustan, Dawat and
several other Urdu newspapers. His untimely death has created a vacuum that will
be felt in Mumbai’s socio-literary forums for a long time to come (SUR).
BABU DOST MUHAMMAD QURAISHI died recently in Delhi. He died of a major
cardiac arrest in his house. He was 81.A local leader of the old Delhi and a
municipal councilor in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, he was a known figure
in local politics and social service organizations. He was also the
vice-president of Jamiatul Quraish. He is survived by his wife, five sons and a
MIRZA MUNAWWAR Ali Beg, a social leader of the Hyderabad city died
recently in his home town. He was not keeping well for quite sometimes. He was a
member of the state waqf board and was attached to several other social and
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