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Obituaries: 16-31 July 2002

Film actress NASIM BANO, famous for her grace in the 1940s and 50s, died at her residence in Mumbai on 18 June at the age of 86. A leading actress of her time, Nasim Bano was the mother of Saira Bano, the wife of the thespian Dilip Kumar. She had acted in films like Pukar, Naghma, Sindbaad, etc. She was buried in a graveyard in Mumbai. Information and Broadcasting Minister Sushma Swaraj expressed sorrow over her demise.

Well-known social and political figure of Uttar Pradesh MASUD KHAN died in a car accident on July 3, near UP Bhawan, New Delhi. He was 75 and is survived by two sons and two daughters. He was taken to his native village Mangarwan in Azamgarh district where he was laid to rest. He was PWD Minister in Uttar Pradesh from 1977 to 1980 and was a member of Rajya Sabha from 1992 to 1998. He was also president of Rashtriya Lok Dal. He had founded Mangarwan Inter Degree College, Madrasa Jamiatul Banat and Madrasa Arabia Qasimul Uloom. Besides being an Alim (Islamic scholar) he had also acquired BA and LLB degrees.

Andhra Pradesh High Court Advocate SYED AKBAR MEHDI, the father of prominent trade union leader Syed Hasan Mehdi died on July 1 at his residence in Hyderabd. He was bed-ridden for a long time. He was buried on July 2 at Mir Momin Sultan Shah. He is survived by his wife, six sons and four daughters.Besides being a law expert, he was the author and compiler of quite a few books. He was president of Imam-e-Zamana Educational Society and was one of the founder members of Qur’anic Study Circle, Hyderabad. President of Qur’anic Study Circle, Syed Nematullah Musawi, while expressing deep sorrow over his demise said that Qur’anic Circle had lost an able and important member. Telugu Desam leader Ali Raza while consoling the bereaved family called it a great loss.

Dr. Musahib Ali Siddiqui, a teacher par excellence, educationist and writer passed away in early June at the age of 88. Dr. Siddiqui was the founder-principal of Sunni Higher Secondary School, Lucknow, which is now an Inter College. This school was founded by Muslim elders in a most backward Muslim area of Lucknow to imbibe education among the children of poor and backward Muslims. The college was started under tin sheds but was lucky enough to have excellent teachers like Abdus Salam, Waseem, Mustafa Kareem Qidwai, Panditji who taught Hindi, Abdul Hai Farooqui, late Jamal, Ashiq Ali, Molvi Rafiq Qasmi etc. who inspite of all odds imbibed best possible education and manners among their students. This correspondent too was lucky to be a student of this school.
Dr. Siddiqui faced all sorts of problems, mostly financial, but did his best to keep the school open and educate most economically weak students whose parents were not in a position to afford costly education. There was no roof, no electric fans, no proper furniture but education and upbringing was as decent as possible. 
Dr. Siddiqui was appointed registrar of Aligarh Muslim University and as he was just to join his new assignment, chairman of the managing committee, Haji Mustansirullah, and general secretary, Haji Jalees Ahmad, asked him to lock the school first and then go to AMU. Dr Siddiqui refused the registrarship of the AMU and decided to continue his services at the school inspite of his weak financial position. He was equally revered by students and his team of teachers. 
Dr Siddiqui was a good writer too. His magnum opus Urdu Adab mein Talmeehat has been selected for awards by UP and West Bengal Urdu academies. Many papers mostly on education are to his credit. He is survived by three sons and three daughters beside his wife. One of his daughters died about eight years ago. She was an aeroplane pilot, a rare thing among Muslim girls that too about ten years ago. Her death was a great shock for Dr Siddiqui. He could not recover after that tragedy. His death is a great loss of the community but he will always be remembered by his students many of whom are contributing to the community and the nation (Obaid Nasir, Lucknow).
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