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Newsmakers

Twenty-four-old KHALID MOHSIN, secretary, Students Islamic Organisation of India has topped Amrawati University, Maharashtra in the final year MA (Urdu) examinations with an aggregate of 75% marks during academic session 2002-03. Son of Shaikh Anwar of Akola, Maharashtra, Khalid also topped the university in BA (Urdu) in 1999. He will receive a gold medal on the occasion of the university convocation to be convened soon.

Author and historian William Dalrymple is planning to write a book on the last Mughal emperor BAHADUR SHAH ZAFAR. Dalrymple is exploring to unearth facts on Shah Zafar, the Indian uprising of 1857 against the British and on how the name of Islam was “dehumanised” by those fighting “terrorism” then. Shah Zafar, who died in exile in Yangon and was buried there back in 1862, is revered as a saint — ever since his grave made unrecongnisable by the British — was discovered in 1991. And Muslims, Buddhists, Christians and Hindus throng his mausoleum. Dalrymple, who recently participated in a festival in Jaipur said that Shah Zafar was a great character, poet, sufist and calligrapher. He was a much misunderstood, if not a maligned man of his time. Dalrymple has researched a year so far and it would take two more years to complete the book, to be titled “Last Mughal”. He says that there is an amazing amount of virgin material on the subject of 1857 uprising. About the content the author says that one chapter will be on the systematic dehumanising of Islam and dismantling of the Mughal State by the British in India, and the Mutiny of Delhi. My effort is to get into the mind of Shah Zafar, Dalrymple says.

DR EJAZ AHMAD KHAN has been appointed Head of the Department of Anatomy of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University.

Senior Congress leader ABA GHANI KHAN CHAUDHARY will fight Lok Sabha elections from Malda Constituency of West Bengal. This was decided in a high level meeting of senior state Congress leaders.

Osmania University has awarded PhD to SYED MUHAMMAD HASIBUDDIN QADRI, joint director of Islamic History and Research Council of India for his comprehensive research article “Intonation and rhythm in public speaking in English in India”. Qadri completed his thesis under supervision of Dr Prema Kumari Dheram, a professor at Osmania University College for Women. Experts have called it an outstanding work in phonetics. Qadri is known as a young scholar in academic circles of Hyderabad.s

The Delhi Government for the first time has announced to include Desk journalists in its Accredition Committee. The five journalists who have been announced for the accredition include among others NADIM KAZMI of NDTV and MA ALAMGIR of UNI, Urdu. This was informed by the Association of Desk Journalists which has been trying for the cause.

After hitting a century at the crease of life, one rarely has any strength left to cross borders for good reasons. But for 132-year old RAHIM KHAN it was a dream come true. Defying the proverbial age norms, Habib Miyan, as he is fondly called fulfilled his long-cherished dream of visiting the twin holy cities of Makkah and Madina and performing Haj, of course with the material help from some good Samaritans who include a taxi driver from London. Habib Miyan received national and international media coverage for his Haj pilgrimage. Haj & Umra, a monthly magazine published by the Ministry of Haj, Government of Saudi Arabia has placed him on the cover page of its February 2004 issue. After completing Haj rites in Makkah, this year’s oldest Haji said, “My dream has been fulfilled and I pray for all who helped me.”

SARDAR SAMIULLAH AMIR, president of Nizam Youth Association was given the charge of Koratla cell of Minority Telugu Desam Party. His nomination has been welcomed.

OSAMA SALIM, a class IX student of Sunway Senior Secondary School, Rampur has shown light to the blind. Osama has prepared a magic wand which can help the blind find their way. The magical stick kept in a state level science exhibition in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh recently was greatly admired by people and it was selected for the National Science Exhibition of Delhi. The School manager Shujaur Rahman Shamsi said that this electronic stick is a gift for the blind as it would caution them against mud, water, fire and any edged item on their way. The stick also makes sound to inform about red, yellow or green lights at the metropolitan cross roads. It also has a talking watch and an automatic bulb which lightens in dark. If lost, the stick can be easily found by a special circuit fitted into it. 

Social activist MUHAMMAD IBRAHIM was appointed secretary of Kolkata’s Browbazar District Youth Congress by president Santosh Pathak. State Youth Congress secretary, Aurangzeb Khan has welcomed Ibrahims’s appointment.

FEROZ KHAN is a disciple of well-known artist Manjeet Baba. His paintings were on display recently in an exhibition at Krishna Arts Gallery, Defence Colony, South Delhi. In his paintings Khan has depicted human love rather than scenic beauty. He has portrayed love between mother and her child, and the bondage between man and animal. Human relationships attract him more. He tries to capture the warmth in human relationships, Khan says. 

This year’s Delhi Urdu Academy’s Urdu journalism award goes to veteran journalist and author Saeed Suhrawardy in recognition for introducing economic issues in simple non-technical languge to Urdu readers. Suhrawardy is a regular MG columnist.

DR IMTIAZ AHMAD, a well-known historian author and a former Reader at the department of history, Patna University assumed charge as director of Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna on February 1. He succeeds Dr Muhammad Ziauddin Ansari who served as director of the library from February 2001 to January 2004. Dr Imtiaz has been a member of the University Grants Commission’s sub-committee. He holds a prominent position in medieval history of India.
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