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“An Evening with Beg Sahib” at Jamia

New Delhi:  “Not only did he care for the well-being of himself, his family members, but the whole society. He established educational institutions as well as the Jamia Cooperative Bank,” said PA Inamdar in his presidential address during the Foundation Day of the Jamia Cooperative Bank Ltd and release of the book ‘Beg Sahib, the Messiah of the poor and the weak’. The event ‘An Evening in the Name of Beg Sahib’ on Mirza Faridul Hasan Beg’s life and services, was held at the Ansari Auditorium on 10 January.  Beg sahib died on 6 May last year (see MG 368, p. 12).

Inaugurating the function, Mirza Qamrul-Hasan Beg, son of Mirza Faridul-Hasan Beg and the current chairman of the Jamia Cooperative Bank, said that the author of Beg Sahib’s Life and Services, Khalid Ansari, went to Beg Saheb’s native village Anjaan Shaheed in Azamgarh and collected all possible material about late Beg Saheb’s life and background, and completed the book in six months. The book was first written in English and then translated to Urdu.

Commissioner of Linguistic Minorities, Govt. of India, Prof. Akhtarul-Wasey, speaking on the occasion said, “People are born, they live and die. Their relatives and friends forget them after sometime. We all live for ourselves, but Beg Sahib spent his life for others. He put in valuable efforts in the fields of education, health, rehabilitation and micro-financing.” Prof. Waasey added that “Beg Sahib, with the help of Jamia Cooperative Bank and Zakir Bagh residential complex, provided roof to the poor and needy. Not only this, he helped in arranging marriages of innumerable daughters of the millat, which most of the people do not know.”  

 The book Beg Sahib, the Messiah of the poor and the week was released by famous educationist and chairman of the Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society, P.A. Inamdar.

On this occasion, the general secretary of Communist Party of India, Atul Kumar Anjan said, “The services rendered by Mirza Faridul-Hasan Beg in the field of education, particularly in making girls competent, deserve to be written in golden letters”. Editor of Nai Duniya, Shahid Siddiqui said, “It was well-known about late Beg Sahib that whoever met him would consider himself closest to him. I myself felt so always”. The former vice-chancellor of AMU, Mahmoodur-Rahman, said, “I had very old relations with Beg Sahib. He was very popular and a well-wisher of the community.”  

The second part of this function was a poetic meet (musha’ira) attended by a galaxy of famous Urdu poets including Prof. Wasim Barelvi, Manzar Bhopali, Shabina Adeeb, Dr. Majid Deobandi, Iqbal Ashhar, Rauf Raza, Moin Shadab and Ejaz Popular Merathi.     

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2016 on page no. 13

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