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217. Professor Mushirul Hasan

Professor Mushirul Hasan ( Born: 15 August 1949 ) is an internationally known historian, author  and ex-Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University at Delhi. He has written extensively on the Partition of India, on communalism , and on the histories of Islam in South-Asia.
Mushirul Hasan was the elected President of the Indian History Congress in 2002. In 2007, He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India and the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Government in 2010. In May 2010, he was appointed the director-general of the National Archives of India.


Mushirul Hasan did his M. A. from Aligarh Muslim University in 1969. He later earned a Doctorate (Ph.D.) from the University of Cambridge, 1977. In September 2008, The Calcutta University offered him an honorary D.Litt.


Some of his well know works are :
  • The Nehrus: Personal Histories (2006) 
  • Legacy of a Divided Nation: India s Muslims Since Independence ( Oxford University Press, 1997);
  • John Company to the Republic: A Story of Modern India (2001);
  • Islam in the Subcontinent: Muslims in a Plural Society (2002);
  • From Pluralism to Separatism: Qasbas in Colonial India (Oxford University Press, 2003);
  • A Moral Reckoning: Muslim Intellectuals in Nineteenth-Century Delhi (Oxford University Press, 2004).
  • Between Modernity and Nationalism: Halide Edip’s Encounter with Gandhi’s India (Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • Moderate or Militant? Images Of India’s Muslims (Oxford University Press, 2008).
  • Partners in Freedom: Jamia Millia Islamia, (Niyogi Books: Delhi, 2006), (with Rakhshanda Jalil).
  • Making Sense of History: Society, Culture and Politics (Manohar, 2003).

  • Faith and Freedom: Gandhi in History (Niyogi Books: Delhi, 2013)
  • Islam, Pluralism, Nationhood: Legacy of Maulana Azad (Niyogi Books: Delhi, 2014)

Mushirul Hasan was awarded with numerous honours both nationally and internationally. Some of his major awards are:
  • The D.P. Singhal Scholarship, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 2003.
  • The Ford Foundation (SARC) Fellowship by the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Oxford, 2002-03.
  • 'Officer dans I'Ordre des Palmes Academiques' (Officer of the Order of Academic Palms) by the Prime Minister of the France.
  • D.Lit (Honoris Causa) by Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi Tandon Open University (UPRTOU), Allahabad, 2006.
  • Professor Sukumar Sen Memorial Gold Medal by The Asiatic Society, Kolkata, 2006.
  • Padma Shri by the President of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, 2007.
  • D.Lit (Honoris Causa) by Calcutta University, Kolkatta, 2008.
  • Hasan was also awarded the Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship by the Indian Council of Social Science Research for the term 2009-2011.
  • Hasan was conferred the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship by the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund on the occasion of the 124th birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister on the 14th Nov 2014.
He has also held in the past, academic positions at the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute of Advanced Study), Berlin, Centre D’Etudes De L’Inde ET de L’ Asie Du Sud(The Center for Studies in India and South Asia ), Paris, Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, UK and the St Antony's College, Oxford and the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi.

 Memorial Lectures

Memorial lectures delivered by Hasan
  • Moin Shakir Memorial Lecture
  • Bhagat Singh Memorial Lecture
  • Ved Pal Memorial Lecture
  • Dr. Zakir Husain Memorial Lecture
  • SC Misra Memorial Lecture
  • D.D. Kosambi Lecturer
  • Durgabai Deshmukh Lecture
  • Ibn Sina Memorial Lecture (Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences)
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216. Dr. Mohamed Rela

FieldsLiver transplantation, Pancreatic disease
InstitutionsKing's College Hospital, London
Global Hospital, Hyderabad
Global Hospital, Chennai
Alma materUniversity of Madras
Known forLiver transplantation
Split Liver Transplantation
Notable awardsGuinness Book of Records in 2000

Dr. Mohamed Rela, is an Indian surgeon known for his expertise on Liver transplantation, Hepatopancreatobiliary. He is one of the World's top liver transplant surgeons from the King's College Hospital, London. He made his name in the Guinness Book of Records in 2000. He is now the Head of the Department for Institute of Liver, Pancreas diseases and Transplantation, Global Hospitals & Health City Group in Chennai.


Rela was born in Mayiladuthurai, a small town in Tamil Nadu, India. He was a student from the Kalakshetra School, Chennai and got his MBBS (in 1980) and MS degree from the Stanley Medical College, Chennai. Later he went to the United Kingdom in 1986 and got another MS from Edinburgh and then became an Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1988.


After getting an FRCS, he has worked in various hospitals in UK before joining the King's College Hospital. In 1994, he joined the KCH (where the first liver transplant was done in 1989) and became actively involved in the liver transplant surgeries. At the KCH, he pioneered the split liver transplantation technique, which involves the division of a healthy donor organ to help transplant it to two patients. While he is now affiliated to Global Hospitals & Health City in Chennai, he still works at King's College Hospital, in UK.
He also has special interest towards Whipple procedure (also known as Pancreaticoduodenectomy) with PVR (Portal Vein Resection) which is usually done for patients with Pancreatic Cancer either in locally advanced stage or advanced stage. He has written a number of scientific articles and papers on his areas of interests which includes Liver transplantation, Complex Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic surgery and more.


  • Dr. Mohamed Rela has so far performed more than 1200 liver transplant surgeries.
  • In Dec 1997, a team led by him has done a successful liver transplantation for a five-day-old girl, which made him an entry into the Guinness Book of Records in 2000.
  • In Mar 1999, ha carried out the first living related Liver Transplant on a patient with acute Liver Failure in the UK. 18 Month old Luke Bettelley was given just 48 hours to live before the operation.
  • In Jun 2003, he has successfully done a liver transplant for a four-and-a-half-year-old girl from Ahmedabad, Pranali Bhat, suffering from a terminal stage liver disease, at the Global Hospital, Hyderabad.
  • In Aug 2003, he was a part of a team from King's College Hospital, London which did liver transplant(s) six times for a patient to save her life by performing a bone marrow transplant.
  • In Aug 2004, a team led by him has successfully conducted the liver transplantation for a five-year-old Pakistan girl, Batul Hasan, at the Global Hospital, Hyderabad.
  • In Sep 2009, a team led by him has successfully done the split liver transplantation (first of its kind in India), at the Global Hospital, Chennai. The liver was split during the retrieval operation into a smaller left lobe for transplanting a young girl and a larger right lobe for transplanting an older woman with end stage liver disease.
  • In May 2011, a team led by him has successfully done Swap liver transplantation on Adults (first of its kind in India), at Global Hospitals & Health city, Chennai.


  • In Scientific Commons
  • Results of Split Liver Transplantation in Children
  • Split Liver Transplantation: King's College Hospital Experience
  • Liver transplantation in children
  • Liver transplantation for alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency in children
  • Renal biopsy in liver transplant recipients
  • A complication of infrarenal arterial conduit following orthotopic liver transplant
  • Liver transplantation with monosegments
  • Auxiliary Partial Orthotopic Liver Transplantation for Crigler-Najjar Syndrome Type I
  • Biliary complications after orthotopic liver transplantation
  • Reducing Bile Leak Following Segmental Liver Transplantation: Understanding Biliary Anatomy of the Caudate Lobe
  • Overcoming the limitations of living donor and split liver transplantation: A proposal for adult recipients (the best of the east in the west)
  • Liver transplant for giant cell hepatitis with autoimmune haemolytic anaemia
  • Pretransplant MELD score and post Liver transplantation survival in the UK and Ireland
  • Liver resection in liver transplant recipients
  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy with radical lymphadenectomy is not contraindicated for patients with established chronic liver disease and portal hypertension
  • Managing Arterial Collaterals Due to Coeliac Axis Stenosis During Pancreaticoduodenectomy
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215. Javed N Agrewala

Dr J N Agrewala, a senior scientist with the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), was today conferred the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, 2005, by Dr Manmohan Singh for his contributions in the field of medical sciences. The award carries a citation, a certificate and Rs 2 lakh.
Dr Javed N. Agrewala obtained his Ph.D in biomedical organic chemistry from the S N Medical College, Agra, in 1986. He has worked as a visiting scientists at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London, and is a fellow of National Academy of Sciences, India.
Dr Agrewala joined IMTECH in 1989 and has since been working on the cross-talk between white blood cells in the human body.

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Write-up of research and development interests/focus, past and present goals:

Host-pathogen relationships are characterized by the complex interplay between host defense mechanisms and attempts to circumvent these defenses by microorganisms. Macrophages and T cells play key roles in host defense in the recognition and elimination of microorganisms. Our studies and from other groups have generated an evidence that costimulatory molecules play a potential role in immmuno-suppression in leprosy patients, also a mycobacterial disease (Agrewala et al. 1998). Recently, we have also provided a novel insight into the mechanism whereby signaling through costimulatory molecules could deliver regulatory signals. We demonstrated that the delivery of costimulatory signals by antigen presenting cells (APC) not only activates T cells but may also influence the APC itself (Agrewala et al. 1994, 1998, Suvas et al. 2002). We observed that signaling of B cells through B7-2 costimulatory molecule enhanced its proliferation and production of antibodies and augmented the level of anti-apoptotic molecules and decreased the levels of pro-apoptotic molecule. In contrast, triggering through B7-1 could efficiently block the proliferation and production of antibodies by B cells and could retard their growth and favored the up-regulation of pro-apoptotic molecules.

Our current research interest is in microbial pathogenesis in diseases like tuberculosis where a coordinated cross-talk between macrophages and T cells is essential for protection and wish to explore the following problems: (i) eventhough immunity is highly efficacious in preventing disease but is extraordinarily inefficient in terminating infection; (ii) why only 5-10% of the infected individuals develop active tuberculosis and the remaining 90% impart effective immunity against the M. tuberculosis; (iii) why macrophages play a “dual role” by providing protection to host as well as survival of the bacteria; (iv) what factors make the relationship between M. tuberculosis and host immunity labile, converting infection into clinical disease; (v) what are the regulatory signals delivered by the infected macrophages to effector T cells and in return what signals are transmitted by effector T cells to macrophages. This study would provide insights not only into mechanisms of pathogenesis but may also suggest targets for therapeutic intervention.

Significant recognition: Awards, fellowships, international funding of distinction, technologies transferred/licensed etc.:

  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award.
  • Elected Fellow-Indian National Science Academy.
  • National Bioscience Award for Career Development.
  • New Idea Research Talent Award.
  • Elected Fellow-National Academy of Sciences India.
  • Regular Member-American Association of Immunologists.
  • Visiting Scientist: MRC-TB Unit, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, London.
  • Visiting Scientist: Trudeau Institute, Saranac Lake, New York.
  • Biotechnology Overseas Associateship, DBT, India.
  • Member Editorial Board/Associate Editor/Reviewer: BMC Immunology, Recent Patents on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery, Amino Acids, J Neuroimmunol,  Clin Exp Immunol., Inflammation Res. J Infect Dis, PLoS One, J Bac, J Proteome Res, Immunology, Vaccine, Cancer Lett, Int Immunopharmacol, Hematologia, Exp Parasitol, Adv Applied Res, Current Science, J Bioscience, etc.


  • Cearulomycin A as an immunosuppressive agent. Technology licensed to Nostrum Pharmaceuticals, USA. Team: JN Agrewala, RS Jolly, RM Vohra.
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214. Afsar M. Naqvi

Afsar Madad Naqvi- well-known painter & sculptor of the country.  He was one of the few qualified sculptors who could teach the technique of making life-size armature, simple casting and multiple casting with permanent moulds. He worked with great ease and facility in metals, wood, cement, plaster of Paris, marble, stone and clay. He was a founder member of the Central Institute of Arts and Crafts.
He was born in 1933 at Amroha, India. Diploma and Post-diploma from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Lucknow, India. Trained under renowned sculptor Mohammad Hanif at Lucknow Arts College in the early 60’s.
He came to Pakistan in 1962 and shortly after that and had a solo show at the Karachi Arts Council Hall, which was also the country’s first solo sculpture exhibition. When Mr. Nawabzada Wajid Mehmood founded the Central Institute of Arts and Crafts, he requested him to set up the sculpture studio and he have lived up to this responsibility since then. Afsar Naqvi was sculptor, traditionalist, loyal friend and affectionate teacher. He had a huge following of artists in Pakistan, most of whom were his students.

Naqvi Sahib with Nawabzada Wajid Mehmood ul Hassan and  
Mirza Sajjad Hussain at his exhibition (1963)
His acute observation of detail, timeless dedication to craftsmanship and the innate soul of a master allows him to breath life into any work of art from delicate pencil sketch to monumental sculptures and that is truly make him one of the world’s top artists.
Friend and contemporary to leading artists and literary figures, Afsar Naqvi is a quiet, retiring man and has spent the better part of the last twenty five years teaching sculpture to a generation of artists at the Institute. In his work, Naqvi Sahib is an exponent of the Eastern idiom. His deep rooted aesthetics of the sub-continental culture bond us to the past. Many art scholar would have us believe that Mughal miniature and folk art are our only heritage when Classical Indian Art forms the very core of this region’s art history.

Creation of a pure realistic master piece – magic of Sir Naqvi’s fingers
Clay modelling of a life size 3D sculpture (theme: Indian dancing figure-1981)
He was highly skilled in his craft, his long finger nimbly created small figurines in clay while he carried on with his discussions, as if they had a life of their own. While fame eluded him as a Master Sculptor his skills earned high great respect and his advise was always sought in technical matters, for which he was seldom financially compensated.
Afsar Naqvi’s vision and aesthetics was indelibly etched into his own creative expression and his drive to achieve the same level of perfection in his master work.

Naqvi Sahib briefing the viewers about the sculpture at his exhibition (1963)
Historical group picture (Naqvi Sahib with Arshad Siddiqui, Rizwan, Sabiha,
Shamim & others


1963 – Solo Exhibition- Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi
1969 – Solo Exhibition- Pakistan American Cultural Centre (P.A.C.C.)
1971 – Solo Exhibition- Indus Gallery, Karachi
1975 – Solo Exhibition- Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi
1985 – Group Exhibition- The Fifth National Arts Exhibition, Idara Saqafat -e- Pakistan
1997 – Solo Exhibition- Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi

Naqvi Sahib with Syed Ali Rizvi, Irfan Hussain &  AG Khalid at the class room
of Central Institute of Arts & Crafts
Naqvi Sahib with Rais Amrohvi
Naqvi Sahib with Jahangir Khan

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213. Gurfran Beig

Dr. Gufran Beig is a senior scientist at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, IITM, Pune, India. After completing his PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, he worked as visiting scientist at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, USA, then moved on to IITM. He is a member of several International scientific organizations dealing with global climate change and also an editor of the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial physics.

Gufran Beig

The main area of Dr. Beig's research is the study of atmospheric chemistry and climate forcing factors (surface to 100 km) under the influence of global change. He works with regional and global atmospheric chemistry-transport models to study the influence of anthropogenic emissions on lower and middle atmospheric chemical species and thermal structure and on the intercontinental transport of pollutants. His recent interest includes the development of emissions inventories of several chemical pollutants using GIS methodology, especially for the south Asian region. He is also instrumental in setting-up the urban air pollution network to monitor the ozone and other secondary pollutants like NOx, CO, HC, SO2, BC, SPM, etc. over the Indian tropical region. He has developed the coupled neutral-ion chemical models of troposphere in the upper atmosphere and introduced the concept of human-induced global influence on the ionized components. He has recently studied the adverse impact of geo-engineering solutions to climate change on the ion composition of the stratosphere.

Dr. Beig led an international scientific assessment of atmospheric temperature trends which firmly resolved significant global change signals in the upper atmosphere. These findings influence radio communications, satellite movement and climate and weather patterns. This work yielded him in 2005 the Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award of the World Meteorological Organization.

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212. Ashfaqullah Khan

Ashfaqullah Khan was born in October 1900 to a middle class family of Shahjahanpur, a city that has played a very important role in Indias independence movement.
Shahjahanpur city was established by Diler Khan and Bahadur Khan, sons of a soldier in the army of the Mughal emperor Jehangir named Dariya Khan, on land granted to them in appreciation of their services by the subsequent Mughal heir Shahjahan.
Ashfaqullah Khan parents had high principles. His father Shafiqur Rahman worked for the police. Although Ashfaqullah was the youngest of six siblings, he harboured patriotic feelings from a young age. He is also said to have been a good poet.
He was initiated into the fredom struggle by Ramprasad Bismil, who hailed from the same city. The duo along with Roshan Singh created a society known as the Mitravedi Sangh led by Gendalal Dixit, to further the freedom struggle by fund-raising.
While they initially focused on collections from the public, the acute paucity of funds they faced inspired them to turn to theft. They believed the money they looted would be used for a good cause, the freedom struggle, as it would enable them to buy arms and ammunition.

These young freedom fighters sought the support of other leaders of the time, but after Mahatma Gandhi distanced himself from their efforts, Ramprasad Bismil founded the Hindustan Association under the leadership of Yogesh Chatterjee. Again, they focused on fund-raising and again when contributions fell short, they turned to robbery.
After a detailed meeting on August 8, 1925 in Shahjahanpur, the revolutionaries set out to rob the Government treasury passing by in a train the next day. Ashfaqullah Khan, Ramprasad Bismil and Chandrashekar Azad were the main conspirers and executors of this plot.
This robbery was successfully implemented and became known as the Kakori train robbery as it took place near Kakori railway station. However, Ashfaqullah Khan and 39 of his accomplices, including the other ring leaders from his city Ramprasad Bismil and Roshan Singh were arrested a few months later. Ashfaqullah was detained in the Faizabad jail. His brother Riyasatullah acted as his counsel and fought his case till the very end, when a death sentence was pronounced. In jail, Ashfaqullah was known to recite the Quran.

On 19 December 1927 Ashfaqullah Khan was hanged. Ramprasad Bismil and Roshan Singh were also hanged in the Gorakhpur and Allahabad prisons respectively.
There are two noteworthy mazars (memorials) in Shahjahanpur, established for Shahid Ahmad Ullah Shah, a remarkable freedom fighter of the 1857 struggle, and for Shahid Ashfaqallah Khan, reminding the world of their selfless sacrifices for their country. The road connecting these two mazars is called Shahid Ramprasad Bismil Marg.

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The 1925 Kakori train robbery, one of the most daring attacks by Indian revolutionaries against the British Raj, was conceived by Ram Prasad Bismil and Ashfaqullah Khan. The idea was to loot a train for money to carry out their revolutionary activities against the British. Towards freedom

Ashfaqullah Khan Warsi was a devoted Muslim, handsome young man hailing from a rich and religious Muslim family. When he was born on October 22nd, 1900 in ShahJahanPur, Uttar Pradesh, his family celebrated the arrival of this beautiful child and prayed for its long life and well being. When he grew up, he indulged himself in swimming, horseback riding, and hunting. He had a great sense of humor, a very friendly demeanor and was a fun to be with person. At the same time he was deeply inclined towards arts, literature and poetry. Since his younger days, he was very interested in social work and politics of the time. 

In ShahJahanPur, a devout Arya Samaji, Ram Prashad Bismil used to organize marches and group meetings to rally support for the struggle, under the banner of Inqelabi Party. There was no place for Muslims in this initiative, neither were any Muslims trusted . Asfaqullah Khan and Ram Prashad Bismil were schoolmates, and knew each other very well. One day they joined hands, and even though one of was a devout Arya Samaji and the other a devout practicing Muslim, they started working together for the common goal of liberty and freedom for their people and their country. Side by side with great freedom fighters like Chandrashekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Ramanath Panday, Makandilal Gupt and Yoges Chatarjee, Ashfaqullah Khan, along with his other friends and supporters, plunged into the struggle for freedom.
In the year 1920, Khilafat Movement and Gandhiji’s Civil Disobedience Movements were reaching the four corners of the country. Ashfaqullah and RamPrashad Bismil traveled to far reaching villages on foot, spreading the word, inviting people to join the struggle for freedom. Both were eloquent speakers and people came in droves to listen to them. They had to face all kinds of difficulties in their work, but they kept going and helped take the movement to its peak all across the country.

A meeting of the Inqelabi Party took place on Aug 6, 1925 at the residence of Ramprashad Bismil, where it was decided to extend the activities of the party across the country and to purchase arms from outside the country to support the struggle. To fund the purchase, it was decided on Ramprashad Bismil’s suggestion to loot the train that carries the money for the central treasury.
On Aug 9, 1925, ten workers of Inqelabi Party boarded a passenger train to Lucknow, laden with revolvers, hammers and other arms, in second class coach, Ashfaqullah Khan, Chandranath Bakshi and Rajendarnath Latrey while the rest in the third class compartment. One of the pulled the ‘chain’ and stopped the train, when the guards reached the compartment, he was made to lie down on the ground at gun point, one person captured the engine driver and then the state treasury box was pulled out of the compartment. Ashfaqullah Khan and Makandi Lal Gupt broke opened the box while the rest of the gang were exchanging gunfire with the police. The gang then ran off with the bags of money. (also known as Kakori Train Robbery, the plot in the 2006 Bollywood movie Rang De Basanthi is inspired from this)

Such a daring act was never committed before, it gave the Inqelabi Party great coverage in the newspapers, and the news of their bravery reached four corners of the country. Police started to round up workers of the Inqelabi Party, with the help of clues found near the site and the help of some defectors, the Police arrested Ramprashad Bismil in Shahjahan Pur itself. Ashfaqullah Khan masquerading himself as a Kayest, slipped away and found some employment in Dalton Ganj to mingle with the crowd in order to continue his struggle. He quit his employment and moved to Delhi, where he was captured by the police and brought to Lucknow. A case was registered in the session court and he was tried for looting the treasury and various other ‘crimes’. He was convicted and the judge gave his decision to hang him to death.
From his cell, Ashfaqullah Khan wrote a note to the people of his beloved country: “It is incorrect that we wanted to spread terrorism in the country, we simply wanted to bring a change to achieve freedom for our country. The judges accused us of terrorism, murder and a shame to the society, while General Dyer killed hundreds in Jaliyan Wala Bag and fired mercilessly at innocent women, children and the old. My fellow country men and women, whatever religion you practice, unite and join the fight for the freedom of our country. I am dying as a Muslim, I am proud of that, my last Salam to all of you. May India win freedom, may all of you live in peace and happiness’
At exactly 6:00 AM, the cops took him from his cell to be hanged. Looking neat and clean, holding the holy Quran in his hand, reciting verses from the Quran, smiling, Ashfaq started ascending the stairs. He held the noose in his hand, kissed the rope and said “I have never murdered anyone, my hands are clean, the accusations are all wrong, now I will get justice from Allah SWT”, and then he put the rope in his neck with his own hands. When they asked him if he had any last wishes, he read the following couplet (from Bahadurshah Zafar’s poem)
Kuch aarzo nahi, hai aarzo toh ye hai, Rakhde koi zara si khaak-e-watan kafan may 

Shaheed Ashfaqulla Khan
The President, Shri K.R. Narayanan paying floral tributes to Shaheed Ashfaqulla Khan on the occasion of his birth anniversary in New Delhi on December 18, 1999.
The Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was also present on the occasion.

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211. Anwarul Hoda

Anwarul Hoda Anwarul Hoda


Anwarul Hoda, IAS (Rtd.)
Member, Planning Commission, Government of India.
Date of Birth : 18.11.1938

Mr. Anwarul Hoda, former civil servant, joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1962. During the period 1963-1974 he worked in the state of Bihar. Among the assignments held by him in the state were District Magistrate, Muzaffarpur (1972-74), Managing Director Bihar State Financial Corporation (1970-72) and Deputy Secretary, Public Works Department (1967-70).
During the period 1974-81 and again 1985-93, he worked in the Government of India in the Ministry of Commerce and the last post held by him was Special Secretary in the Ministry. Throughout this period his main responsibility was multilateral trade negotiations under the auspices of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. He was the Chief Policy Coordinator in the Government of India during the Uruguay Round (1986-93).

In 1993 he was appointed as Deputy Director General ICITO/GATT and in 1995 he assumed charge as Deputy Director General, World Trade Organisation. On completion of his tenure in 1999 he was appointed Special Adviser to the Director General of WTO for the Ministerial Conference at Seattle. Before joining the Planning Commission he was Professor in the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi.
Selected Publications:
1. Developing Countries in the International Trading System (Allied, 1987)
2. Tariff Negotiations and Renegotiations under the GATT and the WTO (Cambridge University Press, 2001)
3. WTO Agreement & Indian Agriculture (Social Science Press, 2002)
4. WTO, Agriculture Negotiations and Developing Countries: Lessons from the Indian Experience (forthcoming)

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210. S. M. Arif

S.M. Arif

Syed Mohammed Arif (born 29 January 1944), popularly known as Arif Saahab, is an Indian badminton coach from Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh. He is a recipient of Dronacharya Award by the Government of India.


Arif received his B.Sc. degree from University of Hyderabad. During his college days he won the inter-varsity badminton championship by representing University of Hyderabad. He also represented Andhra Pradesh in several national tournaments. Arif earned a diploma in badminton coaching from National Institute of Sports at Patiala. In 1974, he joined the national panel of coaches for badminton and in 1997 he was appointed as the National Chief Badminton Coach. Arif coached several Indian badminton players, including the former All England Badminton Champion Pullela Gopichand, the former Indian National Badminton champions P. V. V. Lakshmi, Jwala Gutta, and Saina Nehwal.
Arif is now an advisor for the badminton academy set up by his protégé Pullela Gopichand.


In 2000, Arif received the Dronacharya Award from the Government India for his contribution to Indian Badminton. He also received a meritorious certificate award from the Badminton World Federation.

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209. Syed Naeemuddin

Syed Nayeemuddin, former India player and coach, signs the agreement to become Bangladesh national team's coach at the Bangladesh Football Federation Bhaban.

Syed Naeemuddin is a Indian football coach and a former football player. He coached the Indian football team for several years and is now the coach of the Bangladesh national football team. He was conferred Dronacharya Award by Government of India in 1990 for his contribution to sport in India. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Arjuna Award. Known for his good looks and stylish disposition on the field, He was one of the best defensive players of India. As a coach he is known to be a strict discipliniarian and expects a very strong work ethic.
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The only Dronacharya Awardee (the highest honour for a coach in the country) in Indian Football is also an Arjuna Awardee. He was the Captain of Indian Football team in 1970 Asian games where India won the Bronze Medal. He played for the team from 1966-1967 and joined again in 1970 and coached the East Bengal team in the years 1990-1991, 1994-1995 and 2000.

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Syed Nayeemuddin, one of India's most accomplished football defenders, whose skill and brilliance won him the captain's tag in the 1970 Bangkok Asian Games, is a product of Hyderabad, the city with a rich soccer tradition which also produced eminent players like Olympian Peter Thangaraj, Mohammed Habib, and Mohammed Akbar. Having represented India in the prestigious Merdeka Cup and Asian Games, and being picked in the Asian All-Star team, Nayeemuddin went on to play for Kolkata's East Bengal club where he remained till the end of his playing career. He also played for Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting for a few years after honing his skill under the legendary Rahim at Hyderabad where he initially played for Hyderabad Police. When an injury terminated his playing career, Nayeemuddin took to coaching. From 1990 to 1995 he guided Mohun Bagan and East Bengal to 25 titles and also inspired Bengal's title wins in the National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy. Nayeemuddin, more of a perfectionist, took degrees and coaching diplomas from Germany, Hungary, England, and Brazil. He firmly believes that man lives to learn. In 2001, he attended a UEFA-sponsored course in Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam.
From 1987 to 1989 he was the national coach in the Jawaharlal Nehru Gold Cup, SAF Games at Kolkata where India won the gold, and the Asia Cup. However, it was during his second coaching stint that he blossomed in the nineties.
During the inaugural Afro-Asian Games at Hyderabad, Nayeemuddin publicly appreciated the efforts to host the Games, especially the football competition. " I am grateful to the IOA, Mr Chandrababu Naidu, and the Union Government for organising the Games. At least India is now on the world map in football. The ball has started rolling. It should have happened much earlier. India can now take on the world's best with courage. We also have many talented players. Baichung Bhutia was the top scorer in the ASEAN Club Championship at Jakarta."
Nayeemuddin always insists that players should only take mineral water, take a lot of vitamins, and stresses on nutrition. Due to his emphasis on good living conditions for players, he was branded as an expensive coach but the interests of his players is always uppermost in his mind. He doesn't mind spending money from his pocket to buy dry fruit and chicken after training sessions. "I need money for my team but I am not a beggar. I fight for my players," he says. The former national coach also favours weekly payment of wages to top players as is the practice in England.
In 1997, Syed Nayeemuddin was appointed national coach until the conclusion of the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games and the Indian team dominated in regional championships, including SAFF Championship at Kathmandu, Nehru Cup at Kochi, and later reached the last eight in the Asian Games.
Nayeemuddin is totally opposed to the concept of hiring foreign coaches for national teams. "Look at Rajinder Singh. Hasn't he produced results in hockey? An Indian can die for his country; a foreigner will not."


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208. M.A. Yusuffali

Managing Director of Emke Group

Mr. Yusuffali M.A., Managing Director of Emke Group ranks today among the top NRI Business personalities. The Group has diversified into many significant areas under his dynamic stewardship, retail being the most prominent of them.
His astute business vision and strategic mind have evolved ambitious growth plans for the Group and ensured their materialization through a team of people who share his drive and dynamism. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of United Arab Emirates the Group is best known in the Gulf through a chain of popular Shopping Malls, Hypermarkets, Supermarkets and Department stores which serve the widest segments of multi-ethnic residents in the region. Foremost among them is the Lulu Chain of outlets, followed by Al Falah Plaza and Emirates General Market. The Group’s formidable position in retailing is ably supported by an integrated network of import, distribution and whole-sale marketing operations, apart from a cross-continent network of outsourcing operations.
Emke Group, with its 27,000 strong workforce from 29 different nations and operational bases extending over the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Benin and Tanzania is one of the most successful corporates of the times with a steadily ascending growth curve over the years. With an annual turnover of US $ 3.75 billion globally, the Group employs more than 22,000 Indians.
Apart from his busy business involvement, Yusuffali is equally active on the social front and is associated with various organizations.
In recognition of his remarkable achievements in Business & Industry and his distinguished services in the field of Social Work, he was conferred the prestigious Padma Shri award by H.E. Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Hon’ble President of India on 05th May, 2008. He was the first Non-resident Indian from the Gulf and the Middle East countries to be honored with this coveted award by the Government of India.
Taking into consideration his valuable contribution in promoting the honour and prestige of India, his efforts in fostering the interests of overseas Indians, and his outstanding achievements in the field of business, he has been conferred with the prestigious “Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award” the highest Indian Government Award given to Non-Resident Indians by H.E. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the former Hon’ble President of India at Mumbai in January, 2005.The crowning glory in his career came when he was overwhelmingly elected by the business community in Abu Dhabi as the Director Board member of the Abu DhabiChamber of Commerce & Industries (ADCCI) in the year 2005. This was the first time that elections were held for the ADCCI and expatriate was elected to the Director Board of one of the world’s most prosperous and wealthy business regulatory authorities. In addition to this, he was also unanimously elected by the Board members as the Vice-chairman of the prestigious Trade Committee of the ADCCI. After four years, in the year 2009, the U.A.E business community re-elected him to the Director Board of ADCCI with a thumping majority.

• Yusuffali is very closely involved in many social, charitable and humanitarian activities both in India as well as in Gulf countries and plays a vital role in fostering the interests of Non-resident Indians and keeping intact the communal harmony among the NRIs in the Gulf.


Receiving the “Arab Business Leader of the Year 2012” award from H.H. Mohammed bin Saud Al Qassimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah during the third edition of Global Arab Business Meeting held in Ras Al Khaimah. Also in the picture Mohammad Sultan Al Qadi, Chairman of Commercial Bank International and Selim El Zyr,Co-founder, President & CEO of Rotana Group.

• His earnest and dedicated efforts have helped in securing cremation grounds for Hindu brethren in the Gulf.

• Through his close association with the authorities in the Gulf he has been able to arrange free land for the Christian community to construct churches.

• His proximity with the Rulers and local Govt. authorities in the Gulf countries has gone a long way in strengthening the bilateral ties between India and the Gulf countries.

• As a true son of India, Yusuffali has always strived to bring in foreign investments and expertise to India especially to Kerala for various infrastructural development projects, prime among them being the first and only International Airport with private participation, in Cochin of which he is a Director.

• Of late, he has won big rounds of applauses for playing the mediator in the Kochi Smart City venture, which is the dream project the whole State is seeking after. It was at a crucial juncture when the project would have almost been dropped by the TECOM Company from Dubai that Yusuffali was requested to be a mediator by the Kerala Government. His diplomacy won once again and the Smart City Project is now being made into a reality.

• The philanthropist in him has always come to the forefront in organizing huge and timely relief measures from the Gulf during many natural calamities in India viz. Lathur Earthquake, Gujarat earthquake, Tsunami tragedy, etc. He was the first to contribute for the rehabilitation of the Calicut market fire victims when thousands lost their livelihood and during the amnesty period in the U.A.E. he was in the forefront by providing free air tickets including other facilities to hundreds of hapless Indians who could not even afford a ticket back to their motherland.

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