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154. Salim Durani

Personal information
Batting styleLeft-hand bat
Bowling styleSlow left-arm orthodox
International information
National sideIndian
Career statistics
Runs scored12028545
Batting average25.0433.37
Top score104137*
Balls bowled644628130
Bowling average35.4226.09
5 wickets in innings321
10 wickets in match12
Best bowling6/738/99

Salim Aziz Durani (born December 11, 1934, Kabul, Afghanistan) is a former Indian cricketer who played in 29 Tests from 1960 to 1973. An allrounder, Durani was a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and a big hitting left-handed batsman and famous for his six hitting prowess. He is the only Test cricketer to have been born in Afghanistan.
Durani was the hero of India's series victory against England in 1961-62. He took 8 and 10 wickets in their wins at Calcutta and Madras respectively. Also, a decade later he was instrumental in India's victory against West Indies at Port of Spain having taken wickets of Clive Lloyd and Gary Sobers.

NIGHT OF LEGENDS: Former Indian Test cricketer Salim Aziz Durani with Sachin Tendulkar during the BCCI Awards 2009-2010 function in Mumbai on May 31, 2011. Former Test all-rounder Salim Durani received the C K Nayudu award, named after another former India skipper, for his lifetime contribution to the Cricket. Durani represented India from 1960 to 1973.

Shashank Manohar, President of The Board of Control for cricket in India (BCCI), presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to former Indian Test cricketer Salim Aziz Durani during the BCCI Awards 2009-2010 ceremony in Mumbai on May 31, 2011. Former Test all-rounder Salim Durani received the CK Nayudu award, named after another former India skipper, for his lifetime contribution to the game in India.

NIGHT OF A LEGEND: Former Indian Test cricketer Salim Aziz Durani speaks after receiving his award during the BCCI Awards 2009-2010 function in Mumbai on May 31, 2011. Former Test all-rounder Salim Durani received the C K Nayudu award, named after another former India skipper, for his lifetime contribution to the Cricket. Durani represented India from 1960 to 1973.

In his 50 Test innings he only made just the one century, 104 against the West Indies in 1962. He played for teams Gujarat, Rajasthan and Saurashtra in first class cricket. He made 14 hundreds in first class cricket in which he managed 8545 runs at 33.37. He has the distinction of the only cricketer that will respond and deliver with consistency, a demand of hitting a six from the crowd. The crowd would cheer "We want Sixer " and Durrani would hit one. Durrani had a special rapport with the spectators, who once agitated, when he was inexplicably dropped from the team for Kanpur Test in 1973, with placards and slogans like ``No Durrani, no Test.
Popular with the public, he appeared in a film "Charithra" with Parveen in 1973. He was the first crickter to win Arjuna award. He was awarded the C K Nayadu Lifetime Achievement Award by the BCCI in 2011.

Source : Wikipedia

153. Mohammed Ali Qamar

Boxer Light Flyweight

Medal record
Competitor for  India
Commonwealth Games
Gold2002 ManchesterLight Flyweight

Mohammed Ali Qamar is a boxer from Kolkata, India. He was the first Indian to win a gold medal in the discipline of boxing in the Commonwealth Games at the 2002 Commonwealth Games held in Manchester.

Arjuna Award winner and Commonwealth boxing gold medalist Mohammed Ali Qamar 

Muhammad Ali Qamar is India’s best bet in boxing at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Melbourne

Born into the ghettoes of Kidderpore in Kolkata, Qamar was inducted into boxing at an early age by his father at the Kidderpore School of Physical Education and was coached by Cheena Bhai. Qamar became the Inter-district champion in the state of West Bengal in 1991. He won the Light Flyweight category at the national sub-junior levels from 1992 to 1996. Qamar had a strong showing in the 1999 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Houston, reaching the quarter finals before losing to Ron Siler of the United States. At the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Qamar upset the home favorite Darren Langley 27-25 in the final, outscoring Langley 10-3 and surviving a standing count  in the dramatic final round after trailing by 5 points at the beginning of the fourth and last round. Qamar's career was plagued by injury and he did not win a major competition again, losing in the quarterfinals at the 2002 Asian Games at Pusan.
Qamar's neighborhood of Kidderpore is the hub of women's boxing in India, who claim Qamar as one of their inspirations.

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152. Syed Modi

Date of birth1962
Place of birthSardarnagar, Gorakhpur district, Uttar Pradesh
Date of deathJuly 28, 1988
Place of deathLucknow

Men's singles
Highest RankingNo 1. in India  (1988)
Title(s)1982 Commonwealth Games, Men's singles
Bronze medal, 1982 Asian Games
National Badminton champion (1980-87)

Syed Modi (1962–1988) was an Indian badminton player, and an eight-time National Badminton champion (1980-87). He won the Austrian International in 1983 and 1984 and 1982 Commonwealth Gam, Men's singles title. His play displayed a mix of stylist Suresh Goel, of whom he was a protege, and the effectiveness of Prakash Padukone, whom he succeed as a National Champion.
Modi was murdered on July 28, 1988 in Lucknow as he came out of the K. D. Singh Babu Stadium after a practice session. After his death, a badminton tournament was constituted in his memory, "Syed Modi Memorial", All India Syed Modi badminton championship hosted each year at Lucknow, which turned into "Syed Modi International Challenge" in 2004, and starting December 2009 it would turn into "Syed Modi Grand Prix", organized by Badminton Association of India. The Railways of which he was an employee, opened the Syed Modi Railway stadium and auditorium at his native place, Gorakhpur.

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Early life and education

Syed Modi was born in 1962, in a lower middle-class Muslim family, in the town of Sardarnagar, 5 km from Chauri Chaura, Uttar Pradesh, where he was brought up and received his education. He was born Syed Mehdi but while playing a junior tournament in Mumbai his surname was wrongly written as Modi, which thereafter was continued to be used by him.

Badminton champion, Syed Modi with wife Ameeta Modi, also a badminton champion, plays at their resident, in New Delhi on January 1, 1985.


He worked with NE Railways as a Welfare Officer, in Gorakhpur and later shifted to Lucknow. Syed Modi became junior national champion in 1976 and trained under P.K. Bhandari till 1982, and thereafter under Dipu Ghosh, National Coach of Indian team.
In time, he became eight-time national badminton champion; won the Austrian International in 1983 and '84; won singles bronze in '82 Asian Games and received the Arjuna Award in 1981. At 1982 Commonwealth Games, he beat England's Nick Yates, 7-15, 15-5, 15-7 to take home the Men's singles crown.[ He later married Amita, a fellow badminton player.
Modi was shot dead on July 28, 1988 evening at the age of 27, as he was coming out of KD Singh Babu stadium, Lucknow after a routine practice. A brilliant career was cut shot and a severe blow was dealt to badminton in India as Modi was touted to be a superstar like Prakash Padukone.

 Murder case

The scandal surrounding Modi's murder attracted worldwide attention[11] and remains unsolved with those charged having been set free.Doubts have been raised against Modi's wife Amita and her alleged paramour Sanjay Singh, an Indian politician, a former Janata Dal Rajya Sabha member and a Congress Party Lok Sabha member from Amethi, politician Akhilesh Singh, and Akhilesh's henchmen — Bhagwati Singh alias Pappu, Jitendra Singh alias Tinku, Amar Bahadur Singh and Balai Singh. The UP government recommended a CBI probe into the case, which in turn named the seven in its chargesheet filed on Nov 7, 1998. While Amita, Sanjay and Akhilesh were chargesheeted for conspiracy, the others were named for executing the act. Amita and Sanjay Singh challenged the chargesheet, before the sessions judge who dropped the case against them on Sept 17, 1990. Amita eventually married Sanjay Singh and changed her name from Amita Modi to Amita Singh. Akhilesh was exonerated by Allahabad High Court in 1996, subsequently all the three discharges were upheld by the Supreme Court. Out of the remaining four accused Amar Bahadur Singh was murdered and Balai Singh died during the course of trial, thus the remaining two accused, Bhagwati Singh and Jitendra, were put on trial by the CBI, though Jitendra Singh was also exonerated later.
On August 22, 2009, nearly two decades after the murder the accused Bhagwati Singh, the lone surviving accused, was found guilty on two counts under Section 302 (murder) and Section 27 (possessing illegal arms) of IPC, by a Lucknow sessions court, which sentenced him to life imprisonment though the CBI had sought death sentence for him, plus from the life sentence, he was also given Rs 40,000 fine as also five years' RI and Rs 10,000 fine for recovery of unauthorized weapon from his possession.

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151. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (Kashmiri: मुफ़्ती मुहम्मद सईद , مفتی محمد سید (born January 12, 1936) is a politician from the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. He was the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir from November 2, 2002, to November 2, 2005. He founded the Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party, in July 1999 to "persuade the Government of India to initiate an unconditional dialogue with Kashmiris for resolution of the Kashmir problem."

Political party affiliations

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had been a member of the Indian National Congress party until 1987. He is said to have brought about the downfall of the Jammu & Kashmir National Conference government, which was led by Farooq Abdullah, in 1984. In 1987, he quit the Congress party to join V. P. Singh's Jan Morcha, which led to his becoming the first Muslim Minister for Home Affairs in the Union Cabinet of India in 1989.
He rejoined the Congress under P V Narasimha Rao which he left in 1999 along with daughterMehbooba Mufti to form his own party, Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party.

Attacks on his family and himself

In 1989, within few days of taking office as the Union Minister for Home Affairs, his third daughter Rubaiya was kidnapped by terrorists. She was released in exchange for the release of five militants. This started a trend later resulting in the release of more terrorists in exchange for hostages.
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has survived several attacks on his life by Kashmiri separatists who oppose Indian rule.

 Tenure as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed participated in the 2002 assembly election and won 18 assembly seats for his People's Democratic Party. He went on to form a coalition government with the Indian National Congress, and was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir for a term of three years.

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150. Dr. Manavai Mustafa

Father of Scientific Tamil

Born in 1937 at Dindigul in an agricultural family, Mustafa was genetically oriented towards Tamil Study and Literature. The names Thenmozhi, Annal and Chemmal given to his wards is a sample for his craziness to Tamil Study. He is the glossarist of Technical Tamil, the repository of knowledge, a man of sterling character. Only Tamil became an obsession for him.
             He was the editor of the Unesco Courier Tamil Edition for more than 35 years, the longest service ever an individual held. He was the senior most editor of such a 30 language edition circulated world over. Due to his strenuous efforts, the circulation of this magazine could reach a landmark achievement of 5 lakh bringing it to the 4th place. Had he not been there , it is certain that it could not have got to that much. In recognition of his outstanding contribution for the development of it, the governing body of Uneseo Courier felicitated him, the only person rewarded in its history.
He is the “Karpaga Vriksha” in Technical Tamil Literature. He is the soucse of inspiration for the general youth and Tamil aspirants in particular and torchbear of people and community amity. It is hard to fathom how he could coin with more than 5 lakh technical terms in Tamil in his venture. Where else in the Tamil field can we find a person of having this much of achievement.
Manavai Musthafa, a very famous tamil muslim writer and he sacrifies his fulltime service for the last 40 years for the improvement of Scientific Tamil. He is the author of several books related classical Tamil, Technology, Medicine and computer Tamil. He published 8 dictionaris related scientific Tamil and also found " Scientific Tamil Trust ".
In 31st March 2010, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Kaligner M.Karunaniti nationalised Dr. Manavai Musthafa's all publications and give Rs.10 Lakhs for componsation.
The highlight contribute of  Dr. Manvai musthafa is " Encyclopedia Brittanica Tamil Edition "
He works as Editor in UNESCO COURIER TAMIL MONTHLY from 1984 till the publication stopped.
The following words from Tamil Nadu CM Kalaigner M Karunaniti at the time of his presidential address speach in " World Tamil Classical Tamil Conference " at Coimbatore.
The 1970s again saw a champion of the cause in Manavai Mustafa, who was then Editor, UNESCO Courier (Tamil), but he did not have much organisational backing. Since 1975 he has been writing consistently in newspapers and magazines pressing the demand. Mustafa, who is now the Editor of Encyclopaedia Britannica-Tamil, told Frontline that he had the first opportunity to take the issue to a different plane when he addressed one of the sessions of the World Tamil Conference in Madurai in 1980. Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran, who was present, asked him to send a petition detailing how Tamil qualified to claim the status.
Mustafa said it took him two years to collect the necessary data, which included the features a language should have to qualify for classical status. For this, he looked for the features that were common in the existing classical languages, with the help of experts in those languages. He presented a petition to the Chief Minister in 1982, but no action was taken. Years later, he said, he learnt that the petition was rejected by a top government official on the grounds that if Tamil was given the status on a par with Latin, Greek and Sanskrit, which are no more spoken languages, Tamil would also be considered a `dead' language. Yet, Mustafa continued to champion the cause at all available fora.


Awards :

The " Kalaimamani award " presented by Dr. MGR in 1984.
Tamil Nadu Govt. present Thiru.Ve.Ka award.
Erode people forum present Bharathi award.
Coimbatore Bharathiyar University presents Thiruvasagam award.

Manavai Mustafa is a venerable name in Tamil Cultural Society all over the world. He is one among a few who has incessantly been talking about Tamil to be recognised as a classical language. He is the treasure trove of information on Tamil Study which helped in getting Tamil as the classical language. His tryst and penchant with Tamil Study began when he was studying in college. When a few scholars challanged in a function held at a college where he was a student then if Tamil could generate technical and scientific terms like English, he furiously got up and retaliate it as the revenge with aplomb and thus began his saga as Tamil Scholar.
He is an embodiment of secularism, an erudite scholar, and epitome of simplicity. His enthusiasm in reading, writing is incomparable. His books talk of values, which are eternal. He does not allow his fames to cloud his mind. Though he was hovering a good relation dispassionately in the political scenario and could earn a name with Puratchi Thalaiwar and Kalaignar, not once did he ask them or anybody to give him any favour.

              It is amazing to see that he does not draw any word or phrase from either English or any other language while chating about though he is well versed in English and Malayalam. Three students have got Ph.D degree sofar studying about this resource person who is adorned with ..Seva Ratna award from former President of India Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, Kalaimamani award from MGR, Thiru.Vi.Ka award from Kalaignar, Raja Sir Muthiah Chettiyar award from Annamalai Trust and … participant of three World Tamil Conference held in Chennai 1968, Madurai 1982 and Kaulalumpur 1987.. associate with Southern Language Book Trust.. member of Televivion Regional Advisory Committee and Regional Advisory Committee for the scientific programmes of All India Radio in Tamilnadu and Pondicherry..Honarary Presidency Magistrate and Justice of Peace a long years ago.. Joint Secretary of the Indian unit of International Association of Tamil Research and …smitted with many titles.. Tamil Thoothuvar, Valar Tamil Chelvar, Arivial Tamil Sirpi, Arivial Tamil Vithakar, Puhazh Pootha Thamizhar etc.

           Kanchi Shankara Madam held a felicitation in deference to his unique contribution and service in spreading the greatness and richness of Tamil Language, Tamil Culture and Art all over the world. He is the only non-Hindu getting such a privilege in the Kanchi Diaspora. Sri Lankan newspaper ‘Dinakural’ has given a wide coverage about him for three weeks continuously and a publisher Ingaranesan in his ‘Ver Mugangal’ has appreciated him quoting his involvement and devotion for the progress and development of Tamil Study.
For the last 40 years, he is giving speeches in All India Radio. A video film taken by the Union Government running for 7 hours about him on ‘Rare Personality of India’ under ‘Life Achivement’ is kept in Delhi Arcade.His book ‘Arivial Tamil’ is currently a prose in school education. 

149. Dr. Syeda Hameed

Member, Planning Commission,
Government of India.

In the Planning Commission, my sectoral responsibilities include Women and Children, Health, Voluntary Action Cell (nodal agency for govt-NGO interface) and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. I was responsible for writing these chapters for the 11th Five Year Plan. The states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and the UTs of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman&Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli are also under my charge. Apart from financial allocations, schemes and policies in these areas, I was involved in the mid-term appraisal of the 10th Plan and the drafting of the 11th Five Year Plan.

July 2008 - Present:
Chancellor, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad

  • The Maulana Azad National Urdu University was established in 1998 by an Act of the Parliament as a Central University with an All India jurisdiction. The Mandate and Objective of the University, as per the Act, is to promote and develop the Urdu language, provide higher, technical and vocational education in the Urdu medium and to provide focus on women’s education.
  • Other Important Positions held currently/recently
  • Member, Island Development Authority (headed by the PM, the IDA was established in 1986 to ensure the ecologically sound development of the country's two major island chains.)
  • Co-chair, Sub-group of Experts on the Jarawa (The group was formed by the National Advisory Council of the UPA Government to ensure the well being of the Jarawa, a primitive tribal group of Andaman and Nicobar islands)
  • Vice Chairperson, National Board for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh administering the oath of office as Member Planning Commission to Dr. Syeda Hameed, in New Delhi on July 27, 2009.

Syeda Hameed, member of the Planning Commission, Government of India, at Yojana Bhavan in New Delhi on October 5, 2008.

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Corporate Affairs and Minority Affairs, Shri Salman Khurshid addressing at the Meeting with the women organizations on the Scheme of Leadership Development of Minority Women, in New Delhi on May 04, 2010.
The Member, Planning Commission, Dr. (Mrs.), Syeda Hameed, the Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Shri Vivek Mehrotra and the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Shri Ameising Luikham are also seen.

2000 to present:
  • Founder Member: Muslim Women’s Forum (MWF)
    MWF is involved in Legal Literacy for Muslim women, voicing concerns of Muslim women to government and interfacing with Ulemas on matters concerning their rights.
  • Founder Trustee: Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia (WIPSA)
    An organization where women are catalysts for people to people contact in the South Asian region on a sustained basis to bring about a climate of peace through dialogue. Took a Women’s Bus of Peace from Delhi to Lahore and Lahore to Delhi; later Women’s Bus of Peace from Kolkata to Dhaka.
  • Founder Member: South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR)
    A regional membership based body focusing on human rights issues in the South Asian Region. It consists of members from the 5 countries namely Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. It is committed to addressing Human Rights at both regional and national level.
  • Founder Trustee: Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation
    Serving as an initiative that links the issues of dialogue with justice and equity and through this integral link, serves as a catalyst for both internal and external peace and reconciliation in South Asia.
1997 to 2000:
  • Member: National Commission for Women, Govt. of India
    National Commission for Women (NCW) is a statutory body under the National Commission for Women Act 1990. The powers of the Commission are listed under Section 10 of the Act and encompassed under clause 10. “To investigate and examine the safeguards provided to women under the Constitution of India and make recommendations to govt. on the proper I looked after the following areas: Muslim Women, Violence against Women, Trafficking of women and children, Women in Prostitution, Political Empowerment of Women including Panchayati Raj, Sexual Harassment at Workplace, Girl Child, Female foeticide and infanticide, Gender and Media
  • Padma Shri, 2007
  • Al-Ameen All India Community Leadership Award 2006
  • They Hang: 12 Women in My Portrait Gallery, Women Unlimited, 2006
  • My Voice Shall be Heard: Status of Muslim Women 2003, Muslim Women’s Forum November 2003
  • Mussaddas-e-Hali (Ebb and Tide in Islam) Verse translation of Maulana Altaf Husain Hali’s Magnum Opus consisting of 394 cantos. Harper Collins,
  • Shanti Parasmoni: Women’s Bus of Peace from Kolkata to Dhaka, WIPSA, 2003
  • Journey For Peace: Women’s Bus of Peace from Delhi to Lahore, WIPSA 2000
  • Dr. Zakir Husain: Teacher Who Became President, ICCR and Haranand, 2000
  • Voice of the Voiceless: Status of Muslim Women in India, March 2000
  • Islamic Seal on India’s Independence: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Oxford, 1998
  • The Contemporary Relevance of Sufism, ICCR, 1995
  • Rubaiyat-e-Sarmad ICCR 1991
  • India’s Maulana: Abul Kalam Azad: in 4 volumes
    - Tributes and Appraisals
    - Selected Writings
    - Imamul Hind (Urdu)
    - Imamul Hind (Hindi)
  • A Dream Turns Seventy-five (With Khushwant Singh) Allied, 1995
Selected, Introduced and Translated
  • The Quilt and Other Stories: Kali for Women, 1986
  • Parwaaz: Kali for Women, 1996
  • Facts are Facts by Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Vikas, 1998
  • Letters from Prison by Mohammad Yunus, Vikas, 1985
Under Publication
  • Gard and Gardish: Dust and Movement (Working Title), Pearson Education, 2009. (With Gunjan Veda) This book is based on my travels across the country during my Planning Commission tenure and provides glimpses into the unknown, unseen faces of India and its people.
  • 1972 PhD University of Alberta, Canada
  • 1965 MA University of Hawaii, USA
  • 1963 BA Delhi University, India
  • 1994-1997 Indian Council for Historical Research
    Worked on Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
  • 1991-1994 Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
    Worked on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
  • 1987-1991 Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)
    Worked on Azad and on Sufism.
Present Honorary Positions
  • Advisory Board Member, SAF-India (South Asia Foundation-India)
  • Board Member, Indo-Global Social Service Society
  • Board Member, Olakh
  • Chairperson, Hali Panipati Trust
  • Governing Board Member, ActionAid Association
  • Governing Board Member Indian Social Institute
  • Member Haryana Urdu Academy
  • Trustee Dalit Foundation
  • Trustee Janvikas, Ahmedabad Gujarat
  • Trustee Navsarjan Ahmedabad Gujarat
  • Trustee, Sahr Waru
  • Trustee, Sangat Trust
Past Honorary Positions
  • Chairperson, Governing Body: Lady Irwin College
  • Member Women’s Empowerment Committee, Govt. of NCT Delhi
  • Member Management Committee: Modern School
  • Member Delhi Urdu Academy
  • Member National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language
  • Trustee National Foundation of India
  • 1975-1978: Executive Assistant to Minister of Advanced Education and Manpower Govt. of Alberta, Canada
  • 1978-1985: Director of Colleges and Universities. Govt. of Alberta, Canada
  • 1972-1974: Sessional Lecturer University of Alberta, Canada
  • 1965-1967: Lecturer, Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, India
  • Resident of Delhi. Born in Kashmir. Travelled in South Asia, USA, Canada. A few countries in West Asia, South East Asia, UK and Europe and CIS States. Husband Dr.S.M.A.Hameed (late) was Professor of Business Admin and Commerce at the Univ. of Alberta, Canada. Three children: Dr. Morad Hameed Trauma Surgeon, Vancouver General Hospital, British Columbia, Canada, Yavar Hameed, Human Rights Lawyer and Teaching Law at Carleton University, Canada and Dr. Ayesha Hameed, Academic and film maker, Montreal, Canada.
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