Khan, former minister in B.S. Shekhawat ministry and two-time MLA from Pushkar constituency, died on 5 Dec, 2004 after a prolonged fight with liver cancer. He was 67 years old. Ramzan Khan was the All India president of the BJP minority cell and president of the Qayamkhanis of the region. He rose from the rank of a police hawaldar to become the only Muslim minister in the BJP government in Rajasthan. He was buried inhis home town of Beawar on 6 December in the presence of a large number of
followers. Rajasthan Sports Minister Yunus Khan offered condolences to his family on behalf of the state chief minister.
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Nasar Ahmad Farooqi, famous writer, critic and researcher who had been ailing with bone cancer for about one-and-a half years, died on November 3. Condolence meetings were held at various places in Delhi including Ghalib Institute, Urdu Academy, Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu (Hind), All India Talimi wa Milli Foundation, Delhi University etc where speakers and scholars paid rich tributes to him. Born at Amroha in June 1936, he was well versed in Urdu, Hindi, English, Persian and Arabic, though most of his works are in Arabic. In all these languages he wrote more or less 50 books, with authoritative research works on Meer Taqi Meer, Ghalib and others. He was honoured with many literary Awards such as Ghalib Award for Urdu Prose (1999), Delhi Urdu Academy Award for Research and Criticism (1982), UP Urdu Academy Award, Bihar Urdu Academy‘s Qazi Abdul Wadood Award, latest one being Promotion of International Literature Award in Qatar (2004).
Well-known Urdu poet and writer Kareemul Ehsani died on 26 November at his ancestral home town Hasanpur Lohari, UP. A heart patient, he had been ailing for about a year and died at the age of 70. News of his death sent a pall of gloom in literary circles.
Hafiz Abdul Ghaffar, an active member of All India Talimi wa Milli Foundation died in Delhi on 19 November after a prolonged illness. He was also uncle of Maulana Iftekhar Husain Madni, vice-president of All India Talimi wa Milli Foundation.
Prominent poet, Mohammad Ishaq Khan Bismil ShahjahanpurI
died in his home town Shahjahanpur and was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard in Mehmand Garhi. He was 84 and leaves behind his widow, four sons and three daughters. He was employed in police department and settled down in his home town after his retirement in 1975. During his posting in Delhi, he had a large circle of friends and colleagues because of his good manners including Josh Malihabadi, Kunwar Mahinder Singh Bedi, Jagannath Azad, Gopi Nath Aman, Gulzar Dehlvi etc. He was very popular in
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