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TCN awards Afroz Sahil & Bihar Anjuman

New Delhi: Muslims should think beyond AMU and Jamia Millia Islamia. These views were expressed by Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, K. Rahman Khan and Union Minister of Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid at an award ceremony organized by US-based news portal here on 4 December at India Islamic Cultural Centre.

However, both the leaders candidly admitted that their remarks had earned them the wrath of the minority community in the past. “I was even labeled as RSS person for raising the issue,” said Khan. However, they said they never intended to undermine the status of AMU or Jamia. “We are for opening up of several more such institutions,” Khurshid said adding that he was born in the VC’s lodge at AMU.

Afroz Alam receiving his award from KR Khan

K Rahman Khan gave away the TCN Person of the Year Award 2010 to RTI activist Afroz Alam Sahil while Salman Khurshid gave away TCN Organization of the Year Award to Bihar Anjuman, a group of Bihari Muslims working in the field of education.

Later, TCN Editor-in-Chief Kashiful Huda, while sharing his idea behind TCN, said: “TCN, in a short span of time, has carved a niche for itself in the media field…We are here for positive journalism.”

Afroz Alam Sahil, a journalism graduate from Jamia Millia Islamia, is an RTI activist who with his activism has given hope to Muslim youths that they can make government responsive to their needs and concerns.

Bihar Anjuman is a group of Biharis around the world which exchanges ideas and pools resources for the community’s benefit in Bihar and Jharkhand. They have successfully built a model of development that can be applied elsewhere. The group has established a network of coaching centres in the two states for poor Muslim students.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2011 on page no. 17

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