AMU-LEGENDS

The Alumni of Aligarh Muslim University has long list of legends which cannot be produced here.

Freedom Fighters
What should one think of a university which has produced freedom fighters like Maulana Mohammad Ali, Jauhar Shaukat Ali, Hasrat Mohani, Raja Mahinder Pratap, Syed Husain, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai and Mohammad Yunus. The historic freedom movement like Khilafat movement and Aliagh Movement was started here.
Zakir Husain President of India
Mohammed Ayub Khan President of Pakistan
Nawabzada Liaqat Ali Khan Prime Minister of Pakistan
Ahmed Said Khan Prime Minister of Hydrabad
Sheikh Abdullah Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir
G.M. Sadiq Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir
Mir Qasim Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir
Abdul Ghafoor Chief Minister of Bihar
Shafi Qureshi Minister of State for Railways
B.P. Mauriya Minister of State for Industry
V. A. Saiyed Mohamamd Minister of State for Law

Educationist and Scholars Aligarh seems to have been a perennial source of talent and can boast of having the Scholars of the stature of Abdul Haq, Abdul Majid Daryabadi, D. D. Kosambi, K.M. Panikar and Haroon Khan Sherwani and educationalists like Babar Mirza, Zakir Husain, Ghulam Sayyedein, Mohammad Habib, Hadi Hasan, Shaikh Mohammad Abdullah and Mumtaz Jehan Hyder. Aligarh has been the proud alma-meter of poets like Fani, Josh, Majaz, Jazbi and Ali Sardar Jafri and men of letter like Sajjad Hyder Yaldram, Zafar Ali Khan, Sadat Hasan Minto, Ismat Chughtai, Qazi Abdul Sattar, Rasheed Ahmad Siddiqi, Ale Ahmed Suroor and Raja Rao. The ?mehfils? of Aligarh still reverberate with the poems of Waheed Akhtar, Sajida Zaidi, Zahida Zaidi, Ravindra Bhramar and Shiv Shankar Sharma Rakesh. Aligarh men and women made the distinction at the highest levels of the national ladder e.g. Minister of education, Chief minister of West Bengal and Orissa and Indian Ambassador to U.S.S.R., Nurul Hasan; Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Satish Chandra; Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission and Governor of Bihar State, A. R. Kidwai; Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia, Masood Husain Khan; Director of the National Council of Educational Research and Training, Rais Ahmed; Rector of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Monis Raza; Director-General, Department of Oceanography, Zahoor Qasim; Indian Ambassador to Syria, K. A. Nizami; Secretary in the Central Government, Mahmood Butt.

As for sports, Ghouse Mohammad learnt his tennis at Aligarh and Wazir Ali, Nazir Ali, Lala Amarnath, C. S. Naidu and Mushtaq Ali their cricket. Among Olympic hockey players, Mohammed Jafar, Masood Minsha, Ali Sayeed, Inamur Rahman, Govinda and Zafar Iqbal played for India; Abdul Qayyum, Sayed Ali, and Anwar Ahmad Khan for Pakistan and Doraswamy for Malaysia. Afsar Husain still is the national yachting champion.

Aligarh’s first generation inspired by its founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan took up the profession of journalism in a big way. It produced a number of eminent journalists including Moulana Zafar Ali Khan, Moulana Mohammad Ali, Moulana Hasrat Mohani, Khwaja Ghulam–us-Saqlain and Qazi Abdul Ghaffar. These men played a significant role in raising political consciousness amongst Muslims as well as building up public opinion against British imperialism.

Shoeb Qureshi did his graduation from Aligarh and then joined the Oxford University. He later played an important role in the freedom movement and was actively involved in the khilafat movement for a long period. He was the Editor of the historic newspaper the “Harijan” brought out by Mahatma Gandhi.

In the present era, numbers of Aligarh Alumni have been occupying prominent positions in the field of journalism. They include Haroon Rashid, Editor-Daily Inquilab (Mumbai); Vicaruddin Qadri, Chief Editor Rehnuma-e-Daccan (Hyderabad); Aziz Burney, Editor Rashtriya Sahara (Delhi & Lucknow) and Usman Ghani, Editor Qaumi Awaz (Lucknow).

A number of AMU Alumni have been associated with the world’s premier news service BBC. They include Viqar Ahmad, Raaz Moradabadi, Deepak Tripathi, Pervaiz Alam, Qurban Ali, Obaid Siddiqi, and Salma Zaidi.

In the print media, a galaxy of old Aligarians has been occupying top positions the world over. They include Haider Ali Kazim, Executive Editor, Arab News; Tariq Ghazi, Managing Editor, Saudi Gazette; Ahmad Ali Khan, Chief Editor, Dawn, Karachi; Ghayyur Alam, Editor, Dawn; Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad, Editor, Muslim Times, Sydney (Australia); Farhan Nizami, Editor, Journal of Islamic Studies, Oxford, and Shakir Husain of Gulf-Today, Sharjah.

Professor Dilnawaz A. Siddiqi and Professor Ahmadullah Siddiqi are engaged in teaching Journalism and Mass Communication at the great temples of learning in United States of America.

Among the new journalists who have emerged today in the field of English journalism in India are Askari H.Zaidi, Kalpna Jain and Tariq Hasan (The Times of India), Faraz Ahmad (The Pioneer), Abid Shah (The Statesman), Osama Manzar and Pradeep Saxena (The Hindustan Times), A.M.Khan (PTI), Sohail Haleem (UNI), Javed M.Ansai (India Today), Ehsan Fazli (The Tribune) and Ghazanfer Ali (report Arab News, KSA).

Aligarh alumni have also registered their presence in the electronics media. They are on the staff of Zee TV, Star TV, and Door Darshan.

Aligarh has produced a number of theatre and film personalities, poets and writers including Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, Ismat Chugtai, Shahid Lateef, Shakeel Badauni, Sahir Ludhianvi, Akhtarul Iman, Jan Nisar Akhtar, Asrarul Haq Majaz and Ali Sardar Jafri.Amongst film actors, Aligarh has produced Nasiruddin Shah, Rahman and Dilip Tahil. Film actresses from Aligarh include Neena, Begum Para, Kanan Devi, Nigar Sultana and Tabassum.

In the present crop of film directors, noted director Muzaffar Ali of Umrao Jaan fame is the product of Aligarh. In the world of TV, Aligarians include Salahuddin Parvez and Khan Mohd. Ishtiaq. The most outstanding, however, was late Rahi Masoom Raza, an eminent writer in the film and TV world. He was the dialogue writer of the TV magnum opus Mahabharat.

Poet Shahryar and film scriptwriter and poet Jawed Akhtar ; both Aligarians, gave a new trend to the lyrics for film songs and film writing respectively. Jawed has today become the most successful scriptwriter and poet in the film world. Rafiuddin Dagar and Ghazal singer late Talat Mahmood were also products of Aligarh.