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#46 [Permalink] Posted on 3rd October 2015 07:09
Tarun Vijay on Dadri Lynching


Relatives mourn the death of farmer Mohammad Akhlaq at his home in Bisara village on Wednesday. Villagers allegedly beat Akhlaq to death and severely injured his son upon hearing rumors that the family was eating beef.

The daughter saw the bigger picture. She sounds like the mature one among all those who are grabbing this opportunity to dissolve this incident into the bigger issue and make it political. She has been asking us: Can her father be brought back if proved innocent? Being the father of a daughter, I can feel the pain in her eyes. Mohammad Akhlaq shouldn’t be dead.

Lynching a person merely on suspicion is absolutely wrong, the antithesis of all that India stands for and all that Hinduism preaches. Violence of this kind in a state like UP affects national goals. India is on the path to rediscovering itself through an all-inclusive development mission, whose success depends on how fairly we can make every Indian feel the confidence of being a co-traveller.

The buzz that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created the world over needs a convergence of minds — no matter which party or ideology you belong to. Akhilesh Yadav is as much a part of this project as any other state leader. Better governance in his state helps this project; bad governance derails the principal objectives of our nation. Daughters are precious for this journey.

But I wonder why there was no outcry from the secular media and leaders when Tika Lal Taploo was killed by jihadis and his daughter was left alone in this world. The secular brand of communalism is more lethal sometimes than the bullets of violent people.

The violent reactions of the Dadri kind must remain an aberration. They raise a question for so-called liberal Muslims: Have you done anything to show Hindus that you stand with them when they are assaulted by the Andrabis? Muslim silence on Hindu woes is often taken as support for intolerant Islamists.
In many parts of India, cow slaughter is a serious offence. But it should be handled via the lawful path that the Constitution has provided us.

Sadly, secular celebrations of “beef festivals”, as well as the provocative butchering of a cow in a bazaar for political mileage, have pushed a society that worships the cow as mother to question the real motive of the seculars.

The Modi phenomenon has taken the world by surprise. The world is looking at India with awe and appreciation like never before. Should we allow emotive religious matters that concern our personal beliefs to derail what we have achieved through painstaking struggle? The UP government should take serious note of this.

In no society and in no era has extremism ever succeeded in providing an atmosphere for growth that encompasses the arts, education, agriculture, science, technology and, of course, poetry. Look at the fanatic regions in our neighbourhood. They have become barren lands, devoid of the flowering of any kind of creativity.

It’s a tribute to the collective efforts of our leaders from various parties and ideologies that we have been able to nurture the best human values in spite of severe challenges and obstacles. Before pointing fingers at others, we must ask why beef exports involve some of the richest and so-called high-caste Hindus. Most gaushalas are in bad shape, with the honourable exception of those model centres for cow protection run by VHP and RSS workers.

Thousands of cows are pushed into the slaughterhouses of Bangladesh every day. Cows can’t fly. And pray, do we feel the same pain or enthusiasm for correction when one of our daughters, a Dalit, a promising and honest deputy superintendent of police from Tamil Nadu, R. Vishnupriya, dies in mysterious circumstances? Have
you ever witnessed Parliament being stalled by honourable members to force a discussion on atrocities against Dalits? Should the “two-glass system” or the “two-crematorium system”, prevalent in many parts of the country, make us revolt?

Former RSS sarsanghchalak Balasaheb Deoras had said that if untouchability is not a sin, then nothing is a sin.The RSS has ceaselessly been working among Dalits to bring them to the mainstream of social and economic life through thousands of projects. Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Gayatri Pariwar’s Pranav Pandya and the Swaminarayan sect have all spoken out against caste-based discrimination. Still, why don’t we feel enthused to practise what our acharyas have told us?

The writer is a Rajya Sabha MP and member, National Executive, BJP

(This article appeared first in the print edition under the headline ‘Death in Dadri’)
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#47 [Permalink] Posted on 3rd October 2015 07:11
Pratap Bhanu Mehta on Dadri Lynching


If you wanted an example of how vile, nauseating and morally odious our public discourse has become, you need look no further than Tarun Vijay’s ‘Death in Dadri’ in these pages (October 2). Mohammad Akhlaq’s death is a tragedy. It exemplified the depths of the barbarity that lurks behind the veneer of our civilisation. Vijay’s words, and those of many in the party he represents, have given that barbarism full rein in the highest circles of power.

It is astonishing that this piece was meant to distance Hinduism from violence. It instead represents the way in which violence is inscribed into the self-appointed votaries of Hinduism. Vijay has accomplished the astonishing feat of even making apology look almost homicidal. The sentiments he represents are now becoming the moral common sense of our public culture.

The article gives full display to the moral twistedness of what passes as BJP thinking. First, enunciate a seemingly moral claim that leaves the door open for a deeper barbarism. “Lynching a person merely on suspicion is absolutely wrong,” Vijay informs us with all sincerity. It is almost as if lynching is fine so long as it is not based on mere suspicion. It is saying, in effect, that if Akhlaq had actually been guilty of eating beef, it would have been fine to lynch him.

Second, there is the canard: You people who eat beef, or oppose the ban, you are responsible for the death of Akhlaq. You are the provocation, you are the extremists. This confusion will leave anyone petrified. Vijay clearly does not understand the idea of rights. He also equates differences as tantamount to provocation to murder: If I don’t eat beef because of my religion and you do, or if I hold the cow sacred and you don’t, I have the right to treat you as a provocation. He clearly does not understand the limits of offence in a liberal society: You cannot take offence at what others do pursuant to the exercise of their rights. You have the right to persuade them to do otherwise, but you do not have the right to coerce them. Third, there is the drawing of false equivalences. What is the crime of secularists?

They did not protest when Tika Lal Taploo was killed by jihadists. This is false as a description. On even the vaguest understanding of secularism, any murder is wrong. But even if, for argument’s sake, we grant Vijay more rope to strangle Indian civilisation with and admit certain political inconsistencies in the positions of some groups, does that make them liable for murder? Evidently it does. “The secular brand of communalism is more lethal sometimes than the bullets of violent people,” Vijay intones. And then there is the final canard: Liberal Muslims never stand up for Hindus.

The list of falsehoods could go on: Seculars don’t care for Dalits, as if most of society does. “Fanatic regions in our neighbourhood… have become barren lands, devoid of the flowering of any kind of creativity.” Perhaps Vijay should read more novels, watch more television and listen to more music from our fanatic neighbourhood. It might reassure him about their creativity. It will certainly calm his soul more than the asinine and creative pronouncements on history and science that his ilk from the RSS trots out. But a country that is now murdering or threatening rationalists, where power and violence is hollowing out all sense of value, is hardly in a position to lecture about “fanatic neighbourhoods”.

One could go on. But the likes of Vijay have made the atmosphere so suffocating that you know this is a fool’s errand. The issue is no longer facts or morality. There is a strange alchemy that turns even good things into the opposite: Vegetarianism is an excuse for violence, tradition is an excuse to assault freedom, ideas are an excuse to curb debate, disagreement is an excuse for provocation, and facts are an excuse for mendacity. It is as if the nation is acting out the violent convulsions of a deranged being, with no calm light of reason, or compassion, or values to restrain it.

The question of whether these are fringe elements is practically irrelevant. These elements are highly consequential. Such morally odious speech comes from the highest levels of government. The minister of culture, for example, whose praise for A P J Abdul Kalam was accompanied by a congenital suspicion — “despite being a Muslim” — and who described Akhlaq’s death as an “accident”, prefigures the moral blindness that Vijay represents. Saying that these views do not represent the majority is cold metaphysical comfort to those being killed and threatened.

No one had expected this morally odious part of the BJP — and it is part of the BJP — to vanish easily. But there was the hope that opportunism would tame fanaticism, that the need to take India into the 21st century would have enough momentum to overcome many of these nasty folks. Vijay himself seems to acknowledge this. He seems to think Akhlaq’s killing can derail Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda, as if only an instrumental reason should make us worry about this death. But the truth is that a lot of nasty people within the BJP and the Sangh Parivar are feeling empowered to the point of shamelessness. No one in the party is willing to signal an intolerance of the intolerant.

The blame for this has to fall entirely on Modi. Those who spread this poison enjoy his patronage. This government has set a tone that is threatening, mean-spirited and inimical to freedom. Modi should have no doubt that he bears responsibility for the poison that is being spread by the likes of Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma and Vijay — whether through powerlessness or design is irrelevant. But we can be grateful to Vijay for reminding us that the threat to India’s soul emanates from the centre of power, almost nowhere else. It is for that centre, and Modi in particular, to persuade us otherwise.

The writer is president, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and contributing editor, ‘The Indian Express’

(This article first appeared in the print edition under the headline ‘The party and its poison’)

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#48 [Permalink] Posted on 20th October 2015 05:21
India's Mental Health Crisis

India is currently suffering a mental health crisis. With only 43 government-run mental hospitals serving a population of 1.2 billion, resources are spread thin. What's more, mental illness is highly stigmatized in India, especially among women, who are typically committed to mental health facilities with no legal rights, receiving involuntary treatment, and sometimes without a proper diagnosis.

VICE News travels to Maharashtra to investigate what it's like to be deemed a woman with mental illness in India today.

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#49 [Permalink] Posted on 7th November 2015 04:03
Sacrifice, Sacrifice, Sacrifice


That is what I see for Indian Muslims for some time to come.

I am in Aligarh, the place which is supposed to think about solving the problems of Indian Muslims.
Clearly these should be the first people to indulge in sacrifice.
Unfortunately the place is teaming with creepy crawlies who think that someone else should do the sacrifice and
we are somehow the chosen one who will enjoy the fruits.
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Your comments and analysis on Bihar, please ?

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#51 [Permalink] Posted on 10th November 2015 05:25
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On May 16, 2014 the results of general elections in India astounded the world. The Bharatiya Janata party, BJP, won the elections with clear majority by projecting Narendra Modi, the man tainted with the post Godhra Gujrat pogrom of Muslims in 2002, as the prime minister candidate. BJP is the main political wing of the Hindu fascist organization RSS, the Rashtriya swayamsewak Sangh - the National Volunteers Organization.

Godhra event took place of February 27, 2002 when Kar Sevaks, volunteers for religous labour, returning from ayodhya by the Sabarmati Express misbehaved with a Muslim vendor on the railway station and tried to drag his daughter into the railway compartment in which they were travelling. Someone pulled the chain on the next railway station that was not a scheduled stop for the news had reached there about the kidnapping of a Muslim girl by Kar Sevaks. The S5 compartment of the train was torched and 55 people burned to death. about two and half a thousand Muslims were brutally slaughtered by the majority Hindu zealots with active police collusion for the then Chief Minister of Gujrat had given free hand to the miscreants for three days. The pogrom continued much longer. Most of the accuded of the pogrom are
yet out of the reach of law and ordet machinery for the police and judiciary were subsequently managed and brow beaten into towing the fascist line adopted by the ruling dispensation headed by the man who is today the Prime Minister of India.

Narendra Modi cultivated an image of a person who would take a teaching a lesson attitude towards Muslims and he won subsequent elections in that state with a landslide mandate. the then prime minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, publicly advised Modi to take a lawful stand on Gujrat pogrom but the chief minister made light of the advice. Soon Modi nudged out the then prime ministerial candidate of BJP, Lal Krishan Advani. In the meanwhile
a mighty economist but politically simple minded as well as devoid of any ground level power prime minister dr Manmohan Singh had got two terms to rule as a Congress leader. Unheard level of corruption ensued and the public was completely fed up with lack of grit as well as collusion in graft of the ruling party.

Thus in May 16, 2014 results Narendra Modi decimated
The Indian National Congress
All the socialist movements
The communists
The Dalit might
as well as all the old stalwarts of the aggressive Hindutva movement, the fascist Hindu supremacy movement.
RSS had supported Modi against the last group.

Thus Modi was a prime mnister with unprecedented mandate for a right wing Hindu fascist politician.

The world, as said above, was stunned.
The US took months to recompose itself and start engaging him.
Europe took note.
Pathetic Muslim world continued its miserable existence without noticing the import of this event.
Congress was dumb found - so innocent of the corrupt bastards.
Socialists like Lalu and Mulayam singh Yadav looked silly.
The Dalit leader Mayawati was no where so visible - so convenient for her.
The left was made completely inconsequential.

And the law and order situation took the worst possible turn for Muslims.
Two students of Dar-ul-Uloom deoband were fatally assaulted in in Meerut.
To students of Mazahir-ul-Uloom were brutally assaulted in Saharanpur.
A young computer professional Mohsin Shaikh Sadiq was beaten to death using sticks in Pune in the state of Maharashtra.
A BJP leader Nitin Gadkari was telling a Pakistani TV anchor to take note that it was BJP goverment with mutual nuclear sabre rattling.
Another Indian TV anchor was telling everyone that now it is Modi government - meaning a Hindutva government.
LK Advani acknowledged that now RSS had reach upto the highest power levels in India.
For Muslims it looked worse than a civil war - a genocide in pending.

But the situation got stabilized rather abruptly.
In June 2014, barely a month after Modi victory, the news started trickling in from syria and Iraq that Daesh has started a a campaign of extraordinary brutalities in Syria and Iraq by capturing significant amount of territory.
David cameroon, the British Prime Minister, admitted that even Europe was not shape.
Soon there was news of even some Indian youth dying in action fighting for Daesh.
Political analysts like Subramaniam Swami and Pravin Swami were talking about Ghazwa-e-Hind angle of Daesh activities.
Home Minister Rajnath singh assured the nation that the amount of inclination towards terrorism was negligible amongst Indian Muslim youth.
Soon it was realized that this public posture was more an extercise in political correctness while the intelligence agencies were quite busy worrying about the very same angles.

Soon the anti-Muslim bug appeared publicly in various forms.
Love Jihad : The zealots of the majority community went to the town in a big way that Muslim youth are enticing
Hindu girls by love affairs and hence depleting the majority community numbers.
There was Ghar Wapasi, home return movement - Christians and Muslims should convert back to Hinduism.
There was a long interview with Arun Shourie, former BJP minister at centre, accepting that Modi is sending a wrong signal by not speaking publicly against these trends and that Daesh was at our doors and even a miniscule number of Muslim youth getting disenchanted with India will spell trouble.

Narendra Modi mostly kept mum on all these tricky issues and when public pressure did force him to speak his words were assuring only for a colluding conscience.

In the meanwhile he had gone into international travel over drive and has already covered all significant countries and looks like a very self-centered man having a ball and enjoying himself in foreign lands doling out huge amounts of money to countries neighbouring China.

At home the field is left wide opne to the illiterate minions who have been constantly spewing venom against Muslims.

Pravin Togadia said that Muslims might have forgotten Gujrat but Muzaffarnagar they might not have.
(Gujrat pogrom -2002, Muzaffarnagar riots - 2013).
Another holyman, Sadhu, Sakhi Maharaj, a Sadhwi, holy woman, Prachi, another half literate leader Giriraj Singh, another holy man Adiyanath - all kept talking most inhuman, hateful and genocidal epithets at Muslims and sometimes at Christians.

Then started a series of killings related to cow meat and cow killings.

One such episode caught not only the whole Indian imagination but the world attention too.
Mohammed Akhlaq of Bisa-eda villade near the town of Dadri, locality of this sinner, was killed by a Hindu mob of upper cast Rajputs with the suspician that they had cooked cow meat and had it in their fridge. The police quickly sent the sample for lab testing in spite of the fact the cow meat is not legally banned in the state of Uttar Pradesh where the episode took place.

Reports from forensic lab confirmed indeed that the meat was in fact mutton as claimed by Akhlaq's family. Akhlaq's son too was beaten together with him and is still in the hospital.

This incident lead to several other killings in the similar vein and suddenly things looked as if they will simply go out of hand. The prime minister extended his silence to near eternity while the venom spewing minions kept their drive and the so called responsible cadre kept their content smiles on their faces.

Amongst the killings included three big names of leftist writers - Narendra Dabholkar, Dileep Pansare and G.M. Kalburgi. There were numerous incidents of leftist intellectuals being hounded and harassed. Even a right wing intellectual was smeared with ink for indulging in book release of a Pakistani politician.

In the meanwhile there were election to the state assembly in Delhi and a relatively new anti-corruption party called AAP, Aam Admi party, the Common People's Party, won in nearly one sided manner. 67 for AAP and 3 for BJP. The signal was that the BJP must not be smug about its victory at the centre.

BJP would have none of this lessons. The social, communal environment had nearly reached a breakdown point when the elections in a central Indian state of bihar were announced.

Bihar is an under developed and overtly political state, just like Uttar Pradesh.
This was the state where where Lalu Prasad Yadav had halted LK Advani's Rath Yatra two and half a
decade ago. This Yatra, journey, was the activity that would bring BJP into the centre stage of Indian politics with a bang. The main political party of independent India, Indian National Congress, had in the meanwhile gone into a wretched decay - partly owing to its own character party fate.

In Bihar Lalu Prasad was still there. He colluded with Mulayam Singh Yadav of UP to consolidate the Yadav and Muslim votes. There was Nitish Kumar, the earlier Chief Minister who had been silently working for quite long time to change Bihar from inside and a rather significant manner. They took Congress together.

A Muslim politician from hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi, too contested six assembly seats.

BJP employed their usually tactics - buying the media, using communal hatred rhetoric, ususing central government machinery for political campaign, fielding thirty central ministers, prime minister himself holding thiry political rallies.

But soon right in the middle of the election campaign and pollling of the middle stage the country at large saw the cresendo, peaking of civil protest of Indian intelligentsia. Writers, authors and thinkers started returning their national awards protesting against the viciating communal environment of the country. The event was started by Nayantara Sehgal a lady from the Nehru family and the leftist writers comtributed in abig way to award returning. This fragile protest had a big effect on the intellectual discourse on social media. Meanwhile an upright police officer, Sanjiv Bhatt, was terminated in Gujrat for he had dared to attempt to put the PM in dock for latter's role in Gujrat pogrom.

The PM cancelled some of his political rallies in Bihar - people realised that enough crouds were not coming. The so called Modi-wave had ebbed. A beauty campaigner was photographed with meagre crouds. people started thinking that the tide has turned against Modi but test of the pudding was in election results. On last Sunday Bihar gave its resounding verdict that indeed truned out to be against the current prime minister of India, Narendra Modi.

Writer of these lines, like a huge proportion of India, is in a state of exhaustion.
Sort of catharsis and hence it is difficult to continue this long narrative into the nitty gritty of election details.
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#53 [Permalink] Posted on 10th November 2015 21:05
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#54 [Permalink] Posted on 10th November 2015 21:07
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#55 [Permalink] Posted on 17th November 2015 04:30
Who are the Bhaktas?


A Bhakt in Hindi is a devotee.
In today's social media discourse this term has become popular for those fanatic Hindus who support the present Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi both blindly as well as vociferously upto extreme levels.
There activities have become a nuisance in India to a very alarming level.
Any dissent with the agenda of the current ruling dispensation is taken as an affront to Hindu religion as conveniently defined by them.
Not only common social media users but even well known intellectual and public figures are being intimidated by these elements.
Several cases of ink throwing have come to media highlight as well as three high profile murders have taken place in last few years.
Some academicians have shown marked saffron colour of their thinking.
Saffron is the favourite colour of the zealots of the Hindu supremacist organization called RSS.
They have ingrained in their minds that the formula Hitler used on Jewish people in Nazi germany is worth emulating upon Muslims in India.
Strangely enough they for decades have been trying, rather successfully, to develop close co-operation with the Zionist dispensation in Israel to emulate their example of dealing with Muslims in Palestine.
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#56 [Permalink] Posted on 21st November 2015 05:57
In last few days the Indian Express has carried several detailed articles about individual stories of carrying taglines like following:

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In January this year, Mohiuddin was arrested from Hyderabad’s international airport, while allegedly on his way to Dubai and onwards to Syria.


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The trend in Indian Muslims to take up violence is nearly negligible, as asserted by the current Home Minister Dr Rajnath Singh last year. Stories like the one linked above are very rare. Yet even these stories are pretty scary in view of the fact that so many cases have come to light where the law enforcing agencies picked up Muslims and mistreated them severly and only much later they were let free by the court for want of evidence against them.

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#58 [Permalink] Posted on 10th December 2015 10:48
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The way there is western encroachment upon our life space in the same manner there is complete subjugation of our life space in India. The encroacher this time is the majority community of India.

There is the Sangh Parivar (RSS Family) that is autocratic ideology in the manner of communist or Nazi ideology.
Even before that there was the nationalistic arrangement that sidelined Muslims both by omission and commision.

Muslims of India have to work towards liberating their life space from this encroachment.
The problem is compounded by history - creation of Pakistan.
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#59 [Permalink] Posted on 28th December 2015 09:24
Ram Madhav in Oxford Union


Mehdi Hassan invited Ram Madhav, BJP ambassador at large and former spokesman of RSS, on his Oxford Union programme Head to Head.

The result is there for all to see here.

I have been waiting for long for Muslims of India and the world to acquire Mehdi Hassan like decisive analytic skills.
We live in a communicative world and the price for not communicating is so huge that it will be unacceptable to any respectable social group.

Somehow we are simply not taking heed.
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#60 [Permalink] Posted on 27th January 2016 07:23
Passing Away of a teacher of Mine

Here I have off loaded my emotional burden after the sad demise of a dear teacher. I am copying the text below.

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Professor Muhammed Zillur Rahman Khan
It was the monsoon season of 1985 when I arrived in the Physics Department of the Aligarh Muslim University to pursue my masters degree course. A myriad pleasant memories clog my mind and my feelings when it comes to the first impression.

For the first time I saw that people have personal chambers with their respective names written on a plate hanging at the door. For the first time I saw that many of the names were Muslim. Soon I would see that the British and US text books were actually being used in the class rooms. For the first time I saw that men in Muslim beard would talk of current Physics with ease.

One of the peculiarities was that some teachers had up to four letters in the abbreviations of their names. Could names be that long? I did feel like Alice in Wonderland. One of these long names was of Professor Muhammed Zillur Rahman Khan. MZRK.

Soon I got the fortune to attend his class. few minutes before the class I asked my new classmates who was MZRK and they told that he was former head and something called Dean. Then he came for the class. A pot bellied man who looked impressive. For next two years and more he was not only a prime academician around but also a man who had a cultural presence of some class - the culture that makes a society not only cultured but at some sort of royal proportions. The elegant Muslim style of Salam was not a fable from movies but a day to day affair. Good Physics, good ambiance and a beautiful campus. Life has both positive and negative and sometimes a negative can overwhelm all positives but in the rest of the time one has to focus on positives only and this was as good a combination as one can get. Yours truly was in a state of trance for those two years of post graduation. Professor Khan was one of the pillars.

Mine was not a very close relationship with him those I too went through many of the phases of the legendary aspects of interaction with him. I always enjoyed good Physics and Professor Khan had lots of it with him. I had a joy ride but it would derail his joy. The psychological dynamics was as follows. When a concept unfolded before me or when I understood a finer point in the class, and there were ample moments of this sort in his class, then a spontaneous smile came to my face. The joy ride. This he did not understand. He assumed the worse, as if I am upto some mischief or distraction or even worse - caught a mistake. It was nothing like that. It was academics of highest level. A teacher offering the most exquisite pieces of pure knowledge and me, the grateful student, lapping it up, hook, line and sinker. Academically things can not be better than that. But he would be in a different state of mind. "Understand these things properly, even big guns don't know these things", he would repeat so often. I was psychologically not mature enough to calm down his fears and hence till his end I did nothing. I suppose I should have done but I suppose it will be fine with him if I smugly use the privilege of a favourite student. He was a man who rarely kept a grudge.

This last point he himself made explicitly when he came, decades later, to take part in the centenary celebration of our Department in 2011. Aligarh has its strengths but grudge is a nasty weakness around here. In view of that one can only feel bad at a higher level after having lost him on 24th of January, 2016.

I was thinking that others will write about him in sufficient detail and I shall be spared the birth like pain of extracting the emotions from the narrow corners of memory. It has not happened. I suppose people will do the needful later. but my fears are worse. Apart from good things of Aligarh its bad things too are legendary. Thanklessness is one of them. I do remember that in case of another teacher of mine, late Professor Israr Ahmed, due attention to his contributions was not accorded after his demise. I did read an article on him by Professor Kabir Ahmed Jaisi in Tehzeeb-ul-Akhlaq, an Urdu monthly published by our university, but that piece can not do justice to his Physics career. Professor Israr Ahmed, in my view, was most illustrious research student of Professor Khan, though I did witness very high praise for another student Professor Qamar Nasir Usmani by Professor Khan himself. But this comparison should not distract us from the actual academics. I I have personally seen even Russian physicists citing Dr Q.N. Usmani's work on many body physics. Every single research student of Professor Khan is a serious academician in his own right. Apart from the above names I personally know, in a sort of reverse order, Dr Habibul Haq Ansari who specializes, apart from Nuclear physics, on philosophical aspects of Physics including interpretation of quantum mechanics, environmental science, reactor physics and he is a scholar of Urdu far better than so many known signatures. Dr Nasra Neelofer serves in the Women's college of our university while Dr Fauzia Mujib had retired after serving the same college for decades. Dr Muhammed Shoeb is a professor in our department. Dr Mahmood Mian is a professor of physics at the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar while Dr J.H.Naqvi has retired as a professor from our department itself.

The last named one had done part of his research work with Professor A.N.Mitra who then shifted to Delhi university. His dissertation, hence, was completed under Professor Khan's supervision. His name is associated with Naqvi-Mitra nuclear potential and I heard Professor Mitra himself saying, "I call it Naqvi potential".

Being from the local fiefdom family of Shahjahanpur he carried that erstwhile royal blood and was known by a nick name reserved for the off-springs of such families. He was married to a daughter of late Dr Zakir Hussain, former president of Republic of India. In his time he had done mentoring of hockey players of AMU and his name is associated with that glory which brought Olympic Gold Medal to India - Moscow Olympics 1980.

People say that an elephant has no idea about its size and strength. Be that as it may Professor Khan was like that - he had rather high levels of humility. His irritation with some students, like yours truly and many others, was a manifestation of this characteristic. He never knew that his students smiled in the class because he was opening up the knots in their respective minds. I have had a number of excellent students but he was the person who untied the largest number of knots of technicalities of physics.

I personally learned quantum mechanics and nuclear physics from him. It was well known that he will enjoy teaching so much that inordinately large amount of time will be spent on explanations and inevitably there would be syllabus crisis even after extra classes someone or other from his former students would be scrambled to finish the course.

His extra classes too were legendary. In these classes there was no natural time limit and hence these could extend even up to five hours. For me too many evenings were consumed by such classes. Two years ago I told one of my classes that as a one time demonstration I am going to implement MZRK long extra class routine for them. And I did that. Calling them on Sunday morning and leaving them at lunch time with two breaks in between. That was for BSc final year students. Students must have enjoyed it in their own way for I also arranged refreshments for them. Students relish it when they get even a cup of tea from their teacher. Soon the other two classes, first and second years of MSc, also tasted the same experience.

Quantum Mechanics is real physics and it is an involved formalism. Even the west, where it all originated, is still awed by this subject. Professor Khan had a flare for it. generations of Aligarh physics students owe their quantum mechanics to him. During 2011 centenary celebrations Professor Tariq Aziz, an alumni of the department, said that Professor Khan is the God of quantum mechanics in India. We shall ignore both the theological and historical exaggeration but this statement does give some perspective on Professor Khan stature in teaching of that difficult and glorious subject.

Many times our own teachers would come from the back door and sit in Professor Khan's quantum mechanics class. this too was a different experience. This too should be taken as a manifestation of highest academic traditions. I shall leave the task of acknowledgement of his teaching by Dr P.K.Ayengar in universities in general to another colleague.

When Professor Khan joined the department as a lecturer the then Head was not so perceptive about actual value of quantum mechanics and he had the silly idea to make it an optional paper. Young Dr Khan would not have anything of that sort. Quantum mechanics can not be optional, it has to be in the core - he asserted. Not only that, he banged the door on the Head of the Department - an extremely rash thing to do in those days. But he had his way ultimately.

Apart from quantum mechanics I was fortunate enough to take two courses on nuclear physics by him. The story in this topic was a continuation of the one in quantum mechanics. He was as lucid about concepts in one topic as in other. Years later he wanted to write a text book of graduate level on nuclear and particle physics with a young faculty member. Latter one was well aware of the fact that Professor Khan was not as up to date in particle physics and hence the project didn't come to a fruit. On second thoughts I feel that they should have gone ahead with the book for they had enough to tell. One of the past pleasant, in fact romantic, feelings of physics department of AMU for me is that even before coming to Aligarh I knew that there is a physicist there who has written a book on Transistor Physics, Dr D.C.Sarkar. Lately Professor J.P.Srivastava has written a book on Condensed Matter Physics and so has Professor R.J.Singh while Professor R. Prasad has written one on Nuclear Physics. This adds to the dignity of the department and same would have been the case if above mentioned book had come out. I am personally aware of another still born book - Professors S.M.A.Hashim Rizi and S.K.Singh were working on a book on Modern physics but they too did not finish it.

One of the characteristics of physics mentoring by Professor Khan was his long walks with his students and sometimes with young physics faculty members. these walks would be inside the campus but these could go out, on Anupshahr Road, for kilometers. everybody doesn't have that kind of stamina but that is what it takes to do the mentoring of a modern scientific tradition.

Even for a physics department nuclear physics is usually not everybody's cup of tea. Consequently only a handful of departments in the country have this specialization. Among the universities Aligarh at one time had the biggest nuclear physics group and even today it is one of the biggest ones. In fact there was a time when the heads of the physics departments in north India were all Aligarh products. Professor Khan lived and worked in those times and he established an academic culture that added to the credit of not only the Sir Syed's Aligarh Movement but even the country as a whole.

There are a myriad more things that I can say but this emotional journey is getting out of control and hence I shall put a lid on it and conclude by paying my most sincere tributes to a very loving teacher with utmost feelings of gratitude.

Verily we are for our Lord and unto him is our return.

Nami gardeed kotah rishta-e-ma'ni riha kardam
Hikayat bood bepayan, bakhamoshi ada kardam


When this thread of interpretation did not shorten I released it
There were a countless stories to be told, these I narrated silently
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