Tribute to Asghar Ali Engineer


Book: A Tribute Volume for Dr.Asghar Ali Engineer
Striving for Peace and Harmony

Editors: Ram Puniyani, Irfan Engineer
Publishers: Bhashya Prakashan, Mumbai
Year: 2014
ISBN No. 978-93-83206-29-2
Price: Rs.350

Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer (Born: March 10, 1939, died May 14, 2013 at the age of 74) was a major champion of human rights in recent times. His area of work spanned from the struggle for reform in Bohra community, investigations and analysis of communal violence, striving for communal amity and interpretation of Islam. In all these major areas his contributions have been immense. He was a scholar activist who contributed in a prolific manner on all these topics. His contributions are a landmark in these areas of activism and scholarship.

During the process he was instrumental in forming various organizations, including Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, of which he was the founding chairman. He authored and edited over 70 books. He was a recipient of many awards for his work; the major ones being the National Communal Award and the Right Livelihood Award (Alternate Nobel Prize) in 1997 and 2004 respectively.

This volume is a compilation of tributes written by his close friends, associates and those admiring his work. It captures facets of his commitment, dedication and striving for the causes he espoused. Many of the articles capture the modest, humane, and extremely friendly nature of Dr. Engineer.

Contributors to the volume are Ram Puniyani, Irfan Engineer, Vinod Mubayi, Harsh Mander, Hilal Ahmed, Uday Mehta, Shaukat Ajmeri, Javed Anand, Dr. Ranu Jain. Prof. M.Hasan, Dr.Ishtiaq Ahmed, Zakia Soman, L.S. Hardenia, Anand Patwardhan, Sumanto Al Qurtuby, Jyoti Punwani, Swami Agnivesh, Azher Hussain, Meena Menon, Qutub Jahan, Syed Ali Mujtaba, Pritam K. Rohila, Zahir Janmohamed, Maqbool Ahmed Siraj, Seema Chishti, Zarina Patel, Asad Bin Saif, Farzana Versey, Ramu Ramanathan and Neha Dabhade.

The book has been compiled by Ram Puniyani and Irfan Engineer. Puniyani is author, activist, recipient of the National Communal Harmony Award. He has written and edited several books on the issues related to the threat of communal politics and the politics behind the phenomenon of terrorist violence; while  Engineer is a human rights activist, Director of Centre for Study of Society and Secularism. He writes on the issues of communal violence, rights or religious minorities, and communal harmony.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2014 on page no. 21

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