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First Prof. Iqbal Ansari Memorial Lecture next week

New Delhi: Prof. Iqbal Ansari was a pioneering Minority Rights’ Activist, who passed away on 13th October 2009. He was one of the most visible civil liberties’ activists in India, taking up a variety issues, from communalism, religious freedom and communal harmony to minority rights. A teacher of English literature turned in to a whole time human rights’ activist, Prof. Iqbal Ansari along with another well-known civil libertarian like V M Tarkunde, Justice Rajendra Sachar championed the protection of civil rights in India. He was also author of several books.

From this year, friends and students of Prof. Iqbal Ansari has planned to hold annual lectures in his memory. The first Prof. Iqbal Ansari Memorial Lecture will be held on 13th of October, 6 PM onwards, in Delhi at India Islamic Culture Centre, Lodhi Road. Eminent social activist, writer and member of National Advisory Council (NAC), Harsh Mandar will be delivering a lecture on ‘Communal Violence in India: Ending Impunity?’.

The meeting will be presided by eminent Political Scientist, Author and Dean, School of Social Sciences, JNU, Prof. Zoya Hasan. On this occasion Prof. Manorajan Mohanthy, Academic and Civil Rights Activist, Dr. John Dayal, Senior Journalist and Human Rights Activist, and Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan, Editor, the Milli Gazette, will be paying tributes to Prof Iqbal Ansari. 

For more details about the lecture please contact Mahtab Alam, 0-9811209345 (activist.journalist[@]gmail.com)

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