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Raza Library awards scholars

Rampur: A programme was organised at Rang Mahal in the fort here to felicitate scholars for their services and dedication towards knowledge and its propagation. After a long gap of several years, these awards were announced. Nawab Faizullah Khan Award for outstanding contribution in Persian language and literature was conferred on Professor Syed Amir Hasan Abedi; while Nawab Raza Ali Khan Award for services to Arabic language and literature was conferred on Maulana Syed Rabe’ Hasani Nadwi. The two awardees, however, failed to arrive in person because of ill-health. hence their awards were received by their representatives.

Prof Shah Abdus Salam, OSD of the Raza Library, welcomed the audience and congratulated the recipients. Renowned Persian scholar Prof Azarmi Dukht and Prof Abdul Wadood Azhar (Arabic) introduced the two scholars to the gathering. D.M. of Rampur, T.N. Singh, as chief guest, complimented the role of the Raza Library in propagating knowledge. However, the function has been described by a “rival” group as a flop show. The programme was to be presided by the state Governor BL Joshi who on the eleventh hour cancelled his visit. Similarly, the recipients too did not attend the programme on “health grounds”. The nawab family, represented by former MP and daughter-in-law of Nawab Raza Khan, Begum Noor as well as Nawab Saheb’s granddaughter Begum Nikhat were also not offered seats on the podium. There were only two persons on the dais. Former member of the Library and the late Nawab’s grandson Nawab Kazim Ali Khan (“Navaid Miyan”) expressed his indignation on awarding the second award Raza Khan award, to so eminent a scholar, Maulana Rabe’ Hasan Nadwi, which carries an award of Rs 51,000 whereas the first one Faizullah Award which carries an award of Rs, 1,11,000 was given to a former Professor of Delhi University.
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2010 on page no. 19

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