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Educationist Mrs Nafisa Aziz (also known as Aziz Baji) passed away on 9 July, 2004. Born in 1917, she was in Aligarh Muslim University from 1939 till 1942, when she completed her BT from there. Later on she taught in Karamat Girls Inter College, Lucknow for around 35 years, retiring in 1979. Her students are spread far and wide. She was actively involved in dawah work and was ever willing to lend a hand for anyone seeking knowledge. An intellectual and a great mimic, she was also an enthusiastic volleyball player. She was married to Late Abdul Aziz Rizvi, himself a hockey player of international status. He was the Hockey, Football, Rowing and Athletics Captain of Lucknow University in late thirties and early forties. She is survived by her seven children.

Former Bihar chief minister ABDUL GHAFOOR died after a prolonged illness at his residence in Samanpura, Patna on 10 July. He was 86 and is survived by a son and two daughters. He remained chief minister of Bihar from 2 July 1973 to 11 April 1975. He also became minister for urban development in the Rajiv Gandhi cabinet in 1984. A former chairman of Bihar Legislative Council, he was twice elected to Lok Sabha in 1984 and 1996 on Congress and Samata Party tickets. For the first time he was elected to the State Assembly in 1955 from Baroli constituency of Gopalganj on a Congress ticket. He had won parliamentary elections thrice on Congress, RJD and Samata Party tickets. President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam condoled the demise of Abdul Ghafoor. In his condolence message Dr Abdul Kalam said Abdul Ghafoor would be remembered for his long public life. In his condolence message, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said in the demise of Abdul Ghafoor the country had lost an important politician. He remembered him for his simplicity, integrity and truthfulness. Chief minister Rabri Devi, chairman of Bihar Legislative Council, Jabir Hussain and many social, political and religious leaders have condoled his demise. He was buried with full state honors at his native place in Saraiya, Gopalganj.

Noted Kahsmiri poet GHULAM AHMAD FAZIL KASHMIRI died in Srinagar on 11 July. He was 88. The last doyen of Kashmiri literature, Fazil authored about 40 books. A recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award, he was also honoured with other awards including the State Cultural Academy Award for his contributions to Kashmiri poetry. Condoling his demise J&K governor General SK Sinha said Fazil’s works are reflective of Kashmir’s composite culture and secularism which will encourage upcoming poets. Paying tributes to Fazil, state minister for housing, urban development and tourism, Ghulam Hasan Mir said his contribution to Kashmiri and Urdu literature has brought revolutionary dimensions, especially in Naatiya literature. Most of his collections were selected for university syllabus. Many of Fazil’s poems like Kral Koor were composed and broadcast by Radio Kashmir.

SULTANA JAFRI, freedom fighter and wife of noted Urdu poet and litterateur Ali Sardar Jafri died in Mumbai on 16 July. She was 85. She was admitted to a hospital following a paralytic attack 10 days ago. An active member of Students Federation of India (SFI) she had played a leading role in freedom struggle.
Famous paedriatrician and teacher DR RAFIQ AHMAD died after a prolonged illness at his residence in Kolkata recently. He is survived by wife and three children.

Journalist, short-story writer and editor BALIGH MASHRIQI whose actual name was Ghulam Muhammad died after a prolonged illness recently. He was 60. Mashriqi struggled for dissemination of Urdu literature till his demise. In the 60s he brought out a literary magazine Bazm-e-Hind which was closed down because of financial constrains after three years’ continual publication. Litteraterus and dignitaries participated in his funeral that took place at OK Road graveyard in Asansol, West Bengal.

MUSTAFA KAMAL, a modern short-story writer and deputy librarian of Gorakhpur Library died of cardiac arrest in Gorakhpur on 14 July. An Islamist poet, Mustafa Kamal was associated with Jamaat-e-Islami. In Gorakhpur he associated himself with literary organisation Idara Adabe Islami. Poets and litterateurs paid rich tributes to him and termed his death as a big loss for Islamic literature. Prof. Ahmad Lari said Mustafa rendered great services to Urdu. After independence he was the first person in Gorakhpur who wrote novels along with short stories. Hausla(courage) was his popular novel. M Kothyawi Rahi said Mustafa Kamal had contributed in the launch of Ishtirak. He also used to write for it. For sometime, he remained its assistant editor.

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