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Prof. ABDUL GHAFOOR, Bihar’s minister for minorities welfare was honoured with Rashtriya Gaurav Award by India International Friendship Society in recognition of his valuable services in social and political fields. The Award was given to him by Dr. Bhishm Narain Singh former Governor of Tamil Nadu and Assam at a function held in Delhi on 16 May.
Prof. KHWAJA MUHAMMAD IKRAMUDDIN, a teacher in JNU has been honoured with ‘Best Urdu Teacher’ Award by Mahfil-e Sanam, a social and cultural organisation in recognition of his fine teaching services. It may be stated in this connection that Prof. Ikramuddin has so far written about 17 books on different genres of Urdu poetry, language and literature, hundreds of critical articles and essays. He has also held top posts in some of Urdu’s important and famous magazines.
KUNWAR RANJIT SINGH CHAUHAN, Urdu poet and litterateur was honoured by Pakistan with ‘Aman Award’ in recognition of his efforts, through various literary functions and conferences, poetic symposiums, mushairas, kavi sammelans etc at different places to promote peace, understanding and bringing the people of India and Pakistan closer to each other. Hailing from Rae Bareily (UP), he is an engineering and marketing expert and also a calligrapher. His favourite poets are Ghalib, Meer, Dagh, Faiz, Iqbal etc. Being very much fond of poetry he founded Jashn-e Adab, a literary organisation. The Award was given to him at a function held at Lahore’s Qazzafi Stadium on 3 June. He is probably the first Indian poet and litterateur to win the ‘Aman’ or Peace Award of Pakistan.
MUHAMMAD ASLAM ALIG, engineer, moving spirit behind AMU’s Kishan Ganj Branch or centre has been honoured with an Award and memento by AMU Alumni Forum, UAE in recognition of his active and valuable role in the promotion of education at a function held in UAE. The Award was presented to him by Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University who was in Dubai at that time. Muhammad Aslam had also worked hard for the establishment of AMU centre in Kishan Ganj.
Delhi Urdu Academy, at a prize distribution function held in Delhi Secretariat on 20 May honoured 15 authors of bests selected Urdu books published in 2014 (including, among others, (late) ZUBAIR RIZVI, P. P. SHRIVASTAV, Dr. TABISH MEHDI, Dr. AABIDA KHATOON) and 20 authors of best elected Urdu books published in 2015 (including, among others,Dr. ABRAR RAHMANI, ABRAR KARATPURI,Dr. SHEFTA PARVEEN, SALIK DHAMPURI,Dr. SULTANA FATEMA WAHIDI. Munshi Nawal Kishore Award for best publisher was given to HALI PUBLICATONS. These awards were given in the presence of Delhi’s minister for arts, culture and linguistics Kapil Mishra, secretary Pamesh Tiwari, Academy’s Vice Chairman Dr. Majid Deobandi and other officers.
ISHRAT AARA, a middle aged woman, was honoured with ‘National Unity Award’ by Delhi’s LG Najeeb Jung at a cultural function sponsored by Amir Khusro Foundation and held at Satya Saeen Centre, Lodhi Road on 29 May. Ishrat Aara, who hails from Azamgarh, had found an abandoned child, Lakshman who was at that time of about 7 years. She picked up that child, adopted him and brought him up like her own son but, what is special, according to Hindu customs and traditions. When he became adolescent she also married him to a Hindu girl according to Hindu customs. For this humanitarian and motherly act, she was honoured with ‘National Unity Award’ in the presence of a large number important and common people. While honouring Ishrat Aara, Najeeb Jung said that her motherly behaviour and treatment is a living example of national unity.     

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2016 on page no. 12

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