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Dr KM Bahauddin (picture on left)  of Kochi, Kerala, former Pro-VC of AMU and former head of several prestigious educational institutions passed away on 20 March at the age of 83. He is a famous academician and writer. Born and brought up in Paravur, Thekkumbhagom, he earlier served as the principal of the NIT Calicut. He took his ME from Manchester University and was instrumental in setting up Durgapur steel plant. After serving the Aligarh University and REC Kozhikode, he finally headed the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) in Delhi. He devoted his grey years to combating distortion of history. Author of two books, first, Kerala Muslims: the long struggle and the second in Malayalam on structural changes in Kerala society. After retirement he was staying at Kochi.

MUHAMMAD ANWAR ANSARI, a poet and patron of Momin Conference of Deoband died at his residence in Deoband on 11 March after a prolonged illness at the age of 78 years. He was a diabetic and heart patient. He devoted his life in uniting together the people of Ansari fraternity and removing their backwardness. He was a designer and architect also and had designed and constructed many important mosques at different places.

MUHAMMAD ISHAQ, freedom fighter who spent eight years in jail alongwith Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Japan for his fight against British and for the independence of India died in a Pratap Garh (UP) hospital on 10 March after a prolonged illness. He was 100 years old.

KHOONDMIRI, a renowned poet of humour and satire of Pune died in Lonavla. He suffered a massive heart attack but before he could be taken to a doctor he breathed his last. Born about 73 years ago he was a qualified architect from the College of Fine Arts and in addition to being a poet he had also designed a number of mosques. He was also the general secretary of Zinda Dilan-e Hyderabad (humerous and lively people of Hyderabad), a body of humorous poets of Hyderabad. He is survived by his widow, three sons and three daughters. He was laid to rest at Hyderabad.

Prof. SABIR RAZA KHAN, former Head of Mechanical Engg. Department of AMU’s Faculty of Engineering & Technology died in the second week of March at the age of 81 years. He got his PhD Degree in Thermal Science from Liverpool University of England in 1964.

NE’MAT ANSARI, who had been working alongwith a French economist Jean Dreze under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) in Jharkhand for central government’s scheme for the poor people in villages was beaten to death by local contractors and middlemen because he had exposed many cases of corruption and embezzlement of MNREGS funds by these people. Though vested interests and even government officers tried to falsely implicate him in criminal cases in order to put the misdeeds of these contractors under wrap, eminent people like prominent social worker and winner Magsaysay Award Aruna Roy and communist leader Sita Ram Yechuri rubbished all accusations, asked them to stop talking nonsense in order to hide their misdeeds and demanded the government to pay full compensation to the family of this honest and sincere worker at the earliest.

Maulana MUHAMMAD YUSUF QASIM, Rector of Madrasa Qasimul Uloom, Tewda and vice president of UP branch of Jamiatul Ulama-e Hind died on 16 March. A religious scholar under whose patronage about two dozen schools and madrasas were functioning, he is survived by his wife, six sons and three daughters.

Qazi MIRAJUL HASAN, a senior Congress leader, social worker and a member of Khidmat Foundation, Basti (UP)’s executive committee suddenly died on 17 March.


This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 16

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