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April 2006
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People & Events Track

Obituary (Gholam Sharfuddin)

Gholam Sharfuddin, better known as G. S . Farid, passed away last month. Son of late Md. Hashim, he was a research scholar in the field of Islamic Calligraphy, Islamic amulets and Coins on the Sultans of Bengal. He was a renowned numismatist and a prolific philatelic journalist. He was the founder of the Centre of Deltiology and Philately. G. S Farid was born on January 31, 1927 in Kolkata. A graduate in Science from Aligarh Muslim University in 1950, he started as a coin collector, but soon graduated to a numismatic scholar. He contributed many research articles on medieval Indian coins, especially the coins of Bengal Sultans, that were published in different numismatic journals. He has contributed more than 60 articles on different subjects in philately journals in India and abroad. He was also a judge at the International Gandhi Stamp exhibition and Indian National Philatelic Exhibition. He had been collecting postcards on Calcutta for many years, most of which were recently published, in a book form, entitled, Picture Postcards from Calcutta(1885-1980). The book was released by the then ex- Governor of Bengal, Vuren J Shah. Farid was also interested in Islamic Calligraphy on which he has published articles in various journals, including the Philatelic Journal of India. A compilation in Urdu, Maqalat- e- Farid, has been recently published. His detailed research on Islamic Amulets is still under production and his son, Mehmood Imran has taken on this task of completion.

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Obituary (Afzal Ali)

Afzal Ali, 62, secretary of Manipur State Minorities Commission passed away on March 14, 2006. He was also secretary of Jama Masjid, Sadar Bazar. He is survived by his wife and three children.

New Delhi

Mohammad Hamid Ansari has been appointed the new chairman of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM). He succeeds Tarlochan Singh, who completed his term. He took charge on March 17, 2006. An Indian Foreign Service officer, Ansari was earlier vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University from May 2000 to March 2002. He was also India’s ambassador to the UAE, Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and High Commissioner to Australia. He was also India’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations. He was associated with the Centre for Developing Societies for some time and was a commentator on foreign relations. All India Congress Committee Minority Department secretary, Harcharan Singh Josh has been appointed the new Sikh member and Lama Chosphel Zotpa is the new Buddhist member. The centre is yet to name three other people from Christian, Parsi and Muslim communities as members.

Award of Excellence- 2005-2006
Umme Hani Wajid

Umme Hani Wajid secured the first rank in the final year B.Arch., from M.S. Ramaiah Institute of technology, Bangalore. She received the Award of Excellence, 2005-2006 on 12th March 2006 at Hotel Capitol. The Award was sponsored by Pidilide Company (Manufacturers of Fevicol and Dr. Fixit). Sundaram and Vishwanath were the chief guests. Sundaram handed over the award to Umme Hani Wajid

New President of Anjuman-i-Islam

Sami Khatib, founder chairman and managing director, Medley Pharmaceutical Ltd, is the new president of Anjuman-i-Islam, Mumbai, replacing Dr Ishaque Jamkhanawala who was president for over two decades. Sami Khatib is the recipient of ‘Vijaya Ratna’ award presented to him by the Prime Minister in 1991. Sami Khatib has been associated with Anjuman-i-Islam since 1987, in various capacities. He is also former chairman of Maharastra College, Mumbai.


Maulana Arshad Madani was elected the new President of the Jamiatul Ulema- e- Hind on March 12, 2006, after nine of the 17 members of the executive committee endorsed the decision taken earlier. The new president is brother of Maulana Asad Madani who passed away in February 2006. However, Maulana Mahmood Madani, nephew of Asad Madani and three other members, viz Maulana Hayatullah, Maulana Matinul Haque and Maulvi Shaukat did not attend the executive committee meeting. Maulana Mahmood was seen as a strong claimant of the post. Arshad Madani has however indicated that he would talk to the members who did not attend the meeting.

Jewel of India Award

The “ Jewel of India” National Award and “Lifetime Achievement” Gold Medal Award was presented to Dr. Mohd. Qudratullah, Principal of Poona College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Pune, by the Indian Solidarity Council and Indian Institute of Education and Management, New Delhi. The award was conferred on him for his outstanding achievement in the field of education, community services, social and economic upliftment of the downtrodden.