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Obituaries: 16-31 August 2001
Begum Qudsia Aizaz Rasool, a prominent
political and social figure of the country, died on 1st August 2001 after a
prolonged illness. She was laid to rest with full state honours at her ancestral
graveyard in Sandila, near Lucknow.
One of the most successful political icons among her peers Begum Saheba was the
widow of Nawab Aizaz Rasool, the ruler of Sandila (U.P.) and daughter of Sir
Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Nawab of Malerkotla (Punjab). She started her political
career as a Muslim League activist but joined Congress in the aftermath of
Partition and remained its loyal worker till the end. She was a member of the
Constituent Assembly from 1946 to 1950. As a member of the assembly she actively
took part in all its debates and was the member of its minorities and
fundamental rights subcommittees. After the formation of the provisional
Parliament she became its member in 1950-52. It is said that it was her vote by
which the reservation in government jobs on the basis of religion was rejected.
She was also instrumental, with Maulana Azad, in securing the abolition of the
Muslim League in north India in the wake of Partition. From 1952 to '56 she was
a member of Rajya Sabha . In 1958 she was elected to the UP legislative council
on local bodies seat. From 1962 to 1968 she remained a member of the Rajya Sabha
. She represented Sandila assembly segment in UP assembly many a times and was
very popular among her voters which can be gauged from the fact that in 1977
when there was Janata Party wave she won the seat as an independent candidate
She was appointed minister in UP cabinet and held the portfolios of social
welfare, animal husbandry, fisheries, waqfs and sports.
From the beginning of her political life she took keen interest in social work
and worked tirelessly for women and children's welfare. She had been the
president/office bearer of almost all women's voluntary organizations like All
India Women's Conference,Council of Child Welfare, Council of Moral and Social
Hygiene and Council of University Women etc. In the field of education she
contributed her full might to spread it particularly among girls. She was the
president of Karamat Husain Muslim Girls Degree College Lucknow, IR College
Sandila and Aizaz Rasool Degree College, Sandila. She was fond of sports and did
her best to popularize the same among women. She organized hockey tournaments
amongst girls all over India and was the president of All India Women’s Hockey
Association. It is due to her enthusiasm and dynamism that the social prejudice
against girls playing hockey was removed .
She was also the chairperson of UP Minorities Commission and worked hard to
solve the problems of minorities, always keeping in mind the national
integration and national interests. She was the Commission's chairperson for ten
years and resigned on moral grounds when Congress lost the election in 1989.
Governor Vishnu Kant Shastri, chief minister Rajnath Singh. Congress President
Shri Prakash Jaiswal, UPCC administrative incharge DP Bora, former defence
minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party leader Shiv Pal Singh Yadav,
Ghayasuddin Kidwai (MLC) etc., have condoled her death.
- Obaid Nasir, Lucknow
Maulana Muhammad Usman M’arufi, editor monthly ‘Mazahir Uloom,’
Saharanpur, died after a sudden brain chord rupture. He was 75. A famous
religious scholar, historian and a man of letters, he has written a number of
books on history and sirat (Prophet’s biography). His popular works include Ek
Alami Tarikh, Tarikh-e-Babri Masjid, Mukhtasar Sirat-e-Rasool, Hayatul
Musannifin, Hayat-e-Tahir and Tadkiratul Funoon. He was a resident of a
well-known town Pura Ma’ruf, district Mau of eastern U.P. He always supported
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind regarding national and religious issues and served the
nation from Jamiat’s platform.
Maulana M’arufi was closely associated with Deoband and specially with the
family of Shaikhul Islam Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani. Maulana Syed As’ad
Madani president Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind expressed deep sorrow over his demise. He
called it a great loss in academic and religious circles, a void that seems
difficult to be filled in an era of dearth of such people. He requested
Jama’at and madrasa people in particular and Muslims in general to pray for
Vakil ahmad Kazmi, a reader in the department of civil engineering at
Aligarh Muslim University died on 21 July. He is survived by his wife and three
sons. He was 61. A meeting of the staff and students of the university expressed
sorrow and grief over the demise of Mr Kazmi. He served the university with
sincerity and utmost devotion to his profession.
The well-known Kashmiri litterateur, Akhtar Mohiyuddin died recently at
his residence at the age of 74. Literary organizations, prominent scholars,
authors, poets and artists of the state expressed their deep sorrow on his death
and described it a great loss to Kashmiri language and literature. The governor
of Jammu & Kashmir, Girish Chandra Saxena and chief minister Farooq Abdullah
also expressed sorrow on his death.
Akhtar Mohiyuddin was an author, dramatist and critic of Kashmiri language of
the first order. He was honoured with many literary awards. A few years ago both
his son and son-in-law had also died during the on-going violence in Kashmir
which had seriously affected him. He was leading a dejected life for the past so
Maulana Abdur Rasheed Tahiri, a prominent religious leader and scholar of
Kashmir, recently died after prolonged illness. He was 75. Thousands of people
participated in his last rites.
Maulana Tahiri was a former leader of Ahl-e-Hadith. He worked for forty years
for preaching and propagating Islam in Kashmir and led a very simple and pious
life. He was held in great respect by all sections of society irrespective of
their creed or sect.