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Haji Abul Kalam Alig, vice president of the All India Taalim wa Milli Foundation, died in his home village Baraee, Azamgarh, on 19 August. He was a businessman in Saudi Arabia but due to health problems had come to his village. Maulana Asrarul Haq Qasmi, President of the Foundation, paid glowing tributes to him.
Prof. FIDA MUHAMMAD KHAN HASNAIN, noted historian, columnist and former Director Archives and Libraries of J&K died in Sher-e Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Srinagar on 6 July at the age of 93 years. In addition to being a renowned historian he was also an expert archaeologist, painter and poet. He had studied widely and wrote dozens of books on different topics and many of his works were translated into Russian, French, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Spanish and Arabic. He was the one historian who believed that after the great Deluge during the time of Noah when waters began to recede, the first land that emerged was Koh-e Sulaiman and from there life started again. He also had made a comparative study of all major religions. In 1986 he was given the title of Rashtra Sanskrit Samrat. He was also honoured with many other Awards. Because of his extensive writings and researches on Jesus Christ he is quite well-known in Europe.
MUHAMMAD ANWARUL HAQ, former MP and political leader died in R. M. Lohia Hospital on 12 August at the age of 68 years. His body was taken from Delhi to Patna for burial in his ancestral graveyard in Sitamarhi. He leaves behind his wife, three sons and one daughter.
T. A. RAZZAQ, noted script writer of Malayalam films died in a private hospital in Kochi on the night of 15 August at the age of 58 years. He was a patient of lever disease for the past many weeks. He worked for more than 30 films.  

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2016 on page no. 12

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