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319. Irshad Mirza


Irshad Mirza started his career as an Exporter of Leather Goods (Saddlery Products) in the year 1973. He started with a meager capital of rs. 25,000/= and 40 employees in an era with doing business with foreigners was the preserve of large corporations. With his limited capital but unlimited enthusiasm and energy and patriotic zeal, Mr. Mirza in the period of last 32 years has built up an export business, which has a turnover of around Rs. 350 Crores and direct and indirect employment of 11000 people.

  • Mr. Mirza was the first Indian to have developed an internationally contemporary saddle in the year 1975 and took it to Australia, where the Australians acclaimed his feat and the Australian Newspapers carried a headlines, “Indian Businessman sells coffee to Brazil.”

  • In the process of developing the value added exports of leather products major benefits were availed by providing large employment to the weakest section of the society.  At the same time hundred times multiple foreign exchange was earned to the nation by export of value added products instead of raw material which was the practice of other exporters at that time by establishing productivity centres employing nearly 6000 persons of weaker section of the society.

  • Mr. Mirza’s conduct with Banks and Financial Institutions has been exemplary. It is fashionable to Bankers to line up to lend to Mr. Mirza as in the last more than 30 years journey, Mr. Mirza’s Banking track record does not contain a single blot.

  • Mr. Mirza is a social activist and is engaged in a number of philanthropic projects, which include an educational institution, a literature promotion academy and so many other institutions.  He has been the President of Rotary Club of Kanpur and during his turn he initiated a number of Projects of service to the Society.  He has recently set up a charitable endowment with a corpus of around Rs. 1.00 Crore by the name of Mirza Foundation and is not actively pursuing his dream of setting up a 100 bedded Hospital in the vicinity of his factories to provide top class medical facilities to the workers and nearby villagers of the rural areas.

  • Mr. Mirza is held in high esteem in his trade and served as Chairman, Council for Leather Exports, President, Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Uttar Pradesh, Member Managing Committee, Federation of Indian Export Organizations, Director of U.P. State Industrial Corporation etc.

  • Mr. Mirza has served as Chairman of the U.P. Minority Commission and was on the Board of Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India, U.P. State Industrial Development Corporation etc.

  • Under the stewardship of Mr. Mirza, Company has been awarded:

    (I) he Best Export Award, 1st Prize for the year 2002-2003 by the Uttar Pradesh Government.

    (II) State Export Award 1999-2000 1st Prize by the Deptt. Of Export Promotion, Government of Uttar Pradesh.

    (III) Awarded by Central Board of Excise & Customs, Govt. of India in the year 2000.

    (IV) Outstanding achievement and Services award by State Bank of India.

    (V) Export Awards for Council for Leather Exports- 1st Prize since last eight years continuously.

  • For the social services, Mr. Irshad Mirza has been awarded by :

    (I) AICOI Millennium 2000 Intellectual Honour, U.P. Ratan.

    (II) Award in recognition of remarkable cooperation by Rotary Club of Kanpur for the year 2001.

    (III) National Integration Award presented by Janyog National Newspaper on 25th February, 2001.

    (IV) Gandhi award presented on 3rd October, 2004 by Imamia Educational Trust, Lucknow.

    (IV) Rajiv Gandhi Helpline best Social Worker Award – 2004

    (IV) “Kanpur Gaurav Award” presented by U.P. Bank Employees Union by the hands of Shri Rajveer Upadhyay, Honble Minister for Power, Government of U.P. on 7th June, 2008 at Merchants Chamber Auditorium, Kanpur.

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    318. Hakim Abdul Majeed

    Hakim Hafiz Abdul Majeed was born in Pelivet of India in 1883, His father Sheikh Rahim Bakhsh. Hakim Hafiz Abdul Majeed learnt the full Holy Quran Sharif by heart. Then he learnt about the origin of Urdu and Persian language. After having the knowledge on language he acquired the highest degree on unani system of medicine.
    Because of having the pursuit of knowledge Hakim Hafiz Abdul Majeed could get in touch with Hakim Zamal khan. He had a keen interest on herbs. He was famous in identifying medicinal plants. Having consultation with his wife set up an herbal shop at House Qazi in Delhi in 1906, After few days he started to product herbal medicine there. In 1920 the small herbs shops turned into a full pledged production house.
    Hakim Hafiz Abdul Majeed dide on 22 March 1922 by 40 years. He before died, suggested his wife and offspring to waqf the Handard. His offspring are: Hamidi Begum, Hakim Abdul Hameed, Mahmuda khatun , Abdul Wahid and Hakim Mohammed Said.
    The history of Jamia Hamdard begins with the establishment of a small Unani clinic in the year 1906 by Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed, one of the well-known practitioners of Unani System of Medicine of his time. Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed had a vision of making the practice of Unani Medicine into a scientific discipline so that Unani medicines could be dispensed in a more efficacious manner to patients. He gave the name "Hamdard" to his venture which means "sympathy for all and sharing of pain". His illustrious son, Hakeem Abdul Hameed, carried forward the philosophy and objectives of Hamdard in independent India. Even at the time of partition of India in 1947, Hakeem Abdul Hameed was dreaming of setting up a complex of educational institutions which would concentrate on highlighting the contribution of Islam and Islamic culture to Indian civilization and development of Unani medicines for curing diseases
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    317. Fakhruddin T. Khorakiwala


    Founder of India's first departmental store 'Akbarallys' and Ex-Sheriff of Mumbai

    Fakhruddin T. Khorakiwala was an Indian businessman and Sheriff of Mumbai. From 2000 until his death, he was the chancellor of Jamia Milia Islamia. He is a well known Indian businessman, and owns Akabarallys group of departmental stores in Mumbai. He acquired Worli Chemical Works which later was incorporated as Wockhardt Ltd, becoming India's 5th largest pharmaceutical company.
    Khorakiwala was the Sheriff of Mumbai in 1992 and instrumental in bringing peace to the city after communal riots broke out after the destruction of the Babri Masjid. He envisoned the creation of Mohalla Committees (Neighbourhood Committees) and helped set up 72 of them across Mumbai.

    In 1995, Khorakiwala took over as the President of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC). In November 2006, his son Habil was elected as the president of FICCI.
    Khorakiwala died on 5 July 2011. He was 93 and is survived by three sons, Habil Khorakiwala, now chairman of the Wockhardt Group, Hunaid Khorakiwala and Taizoon Khorakiwala, Managing Director of Switz Group.

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    316. Arshad Ayub

    Personal information
    Batting styleRight-hand bat
    Bowling styleRight-arm offbreak
    Career statistics
    Runs scored257116
    Batting average17.1311.59
    Top score5731*
    Balls bowled36631769
    Bowling average35.0739.22
    5 wickets in innings31
    10 wickets in match-n/a
    Best bowling5/505/21
    Source: , 4 February 2006


    Arshad Ayub   (born August 2, 1958, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh) is a former Indian cricketer who played in 13 Tests and 32 ODIs from 1987 to 1990. As of January 2010, he became the manager for the Indian Cricket team for the ODI's and Test-series held in Bangladesh. He is also the president of HCA.

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    315. Shamshad Begum

    First playback singers in the Hindi film industry

    Shamshad Begum, the legendary classical and playback singer of yesteryears was born on the 14th of April, 1919. Making her debut on radio in Lahore in 1937, the Lahore-born singer captivated the hearts of listeners with the enchanting depth of her voice. The then AIR Lahore helped her in entering the world of movies as frequent broadcasting of her songs induced music directors to use her voice for film songs. Shamshad Begum also recorded 'naats' (Islamic devotional songs) for a couple of gramophone recording companies.

    Lahore-based composer Ghulam Haider used her voice skilfully in some of his earlier films like ‘Khazanchi’ (1941) and ‘Khandan’ (1942). When he shifted to Bombay in 1944, Shamshad Begum went with him as a member of his team. In 1944, when Mehboob Khan launched his historical venture 'Humayun', Master Ghulam Haider used Shamshad Begum's voice in the film. That was the time when Amirbai Karnataki was the considered number one playback singer in Bombay. With the introduction of Shamshad Begum to the film, contemporary composers almost fell over each other in booking her for the recording of their songs leading to an extremely prolific career till the mid to late 1950s. Music directors like C Ramachandra, SD Burman and Naushad used her as their prime female vocalist in the early part of their careers.

    Shamshad created sensations with her songs in her very first film ‘Khazanchi’, the song that gained that became most popular was 'Ek Kali Nazon Se Pali'. After that, she gave countless hit songs like 'Duniya Me Ghareebon Ko Aaram Nahi Milta' (Zamindaar, 1942), 'Armanon Ki Basti Me Hum Aag Laga Baithe,' (Shirin Farhad, 1945), 'Dil Thandi Hawa Me' (Shama, 1948), 'Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon..' (Patanga, 1949), 'Milte Hi Aankhen,' (Babul, 1950), 'Saiyyan Dil Me Aana Re,' (Bahaar, 1951), 'Boojh Mera Kya Naam Re' (C.I.D, 1956), 'Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar', (Aar Paar, 1954), 'Maine Dekhi Jag Ki Reet,' (Sunehre Din, 1949), 'Kahin Pe Nigahen Kahin Pe Nishana,' (C.I.D, 1956), 'Pee Ke Ghar Aaj' (Mother India, 1957), etc. Even the one rendered as late as 1968 for ‘Kismat’ under OP Nayyar, after her retirement; 'Kajra Mohabbat Wala Ankhiyon Mein Aisa Dala' proved a superhit. Her duet with Kishore Kumar, 'Meri Neendon Mein Tum' from ‘Naya Andaz’ (1956), similarly, remains almost a touchstone of melodious romance.

    Shamshad Begum sang many songs for Punjabi movies as well which were very popular. In addition, She has sung few songs in other languages like Tamil, Bhojpuri and Rajasthani also. She has sung for non-film records in Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Pashto also. She has sung over 1600 songs in all.

    We can judge the popularity of her songs by the number of remixed songs which are storming the music market today. 70 per cent of these remixes were originally sung by Shamshad. And by the popularity of these remixes one can easily judge her popularity in 'her' days. Many yesteryear singers and composers are against this remixing of the old songs but Shamshad feels that there is no harm if the younger generation is enjoying the old songs in their new 'avtaar'.

    Today Shamshad Begum is totally out of the media and films but she enjoys the memory of the golden past even today. She listens to the old melodies of yesterdays and lives peacefully in Bombay.

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    314. Saifuddin Soz

    Saifuddin Soz (Kashmiri: सैफ़ुद्दीन सोज़ (Devanagari), سیف الدین سوز (Nastaleeq) (born November 23, 1937) is an Indian professor and a long-time Member of the Parliament of India. Soz hails from the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. He had been India's Minister of Water Resources in India's 14th Lok Sabha and Minister of Environment and Forests in the 1990s. In January 2006, he was nominated to the Congress Working Committee, the executive committee of the Indian National Congress. He is married to Mumtazunnisa Soz; they have two sons and a daughter.

    Early life

    Soz was born in Sopore, a township in the northern Kashmir Valley. He worked his way to completing a Master's degree in economics from the University of Kashmir, where he later held the position of registrar. He held teaching positions in many colleges affiliated with the University of Kashmir before taking on the position of registrar of the university. From there, Soz moved to the Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (BOSE), a government department responsible for administration of schools. Soz sought voluntary retirement from government service to enter politics in 1983. At that time, he was Secretary of the BOSE.


    In 1983 Lok Sabha election, Soz contested and won the Baramulla seat as a candidate of the ruling Jammu and Kashmir National Conference party. At the time, the JKNC was headed by Dr. Farooq Abdullah. Soz went on to win three more Lok Sabha elections as a member of the JKNC. He also represented the JKNC and the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the Rajya Sabha in the mid-'90s. In 1997-98, he became India's Minister of Environment and Forests in the cabinet of Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral. During 1998-99, Soz served in the same capacity under Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda. At the time, the JKNC was part of the United Front government ruling India. In 1999, Soz was expelled from the JKNC for voting against the government of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, a veteran leader of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Soz was a JKNC member of parliament and defied his party's leadership on supporting a political party that was typically viewed as being opposed to the JKNC in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Since then, some leaders of the JKNC have admitted that the decision to align with the BJP government was a mistake.
    In 2003, Soz joined the Congress party and was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2004. In January 2006, he was inducted into the ministry of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as Minister of Water Resources, a position he held until early 2009. Soz was appointed President of the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh (state) Congress Committee in February 2008. He was also one of the front runners for the post of Vice-President of India, but lost out due to some political parties saying the post should be occupied by a Bureaucrat and not a Politician.
    It is widely believed that he will become the next Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir although due to factionalism in the state party, it has hampered his previous attempts to become Chief Minister.


    Soz has written and edited several books including:
    1. Kashmir Crisis (Soz, Saifuddin (ed). 1993, LC Control No.: 93907156:,
    2. Why Autonomy to Kashmir (Soz, Saifuddin (ed). 1995, LC Control No.: 95910487:,
    3. Secularism - an Interpretation,
    4. 'Daj' (A play in Kashmiri on abuses of Dowry system).
    He also translated M. Illin's book 1,00,000 Whys from Russian to Kashmiri, an effort for which he received the Soviet Land Nehru Award. He has written essays and short stories in Kashmiri, several articles in reputed newspapers and journals on a variety of subjects like Islam and modernism, rights of women, secularism, literature, education and economics. He has participated widely in discussions on Kashmir during the last two decades. He is also the recipient of several literary awards including Soviet Land Nehru Award, All India Basic Literature Competition Award and Competition for Literature for Neo-Literates Award.

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    313. S. M. Arif

    Born29 January 1944 (1944-01-29) (age 68)
    Hyderabad State
    OccupationBadminton coach

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


    Early life

    S. M. Arif from Hyderabad State (now Andhra Pradesh). He received his B.Sc. from University of Hyderabad. He also played cricket at School, led Anwar ul Uloom college for four years and played for Deccan Blues in the HCA league. He quit after being sidelined by his cricket coach and pursued badminton.


    S. M. Arif, during his college days, won the inter-varsity badminton championship by representing University of Hyderabad. He also represented Andhra Pradesh in several national tournaments.
    He 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.


    • Dronacharya Award, Government India for his contribution to Indian Badminton - 2000.
    • Meritorious certificate award, Badminton World Federation
    • Padma Shri - 2012
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    312. Mariyumma M.K

    Ambassador of pulse polio

    An orthodox Muslim woman from a remote village of Oorakam in Malappuram district has become a torchbearer of the district's campaign for pulse polio immunisation. In spite of stiff resistance from various pockets to immunisation programmes of the health department, this woman has been leading the pulse polio drive in her village ever since the country launched the project in 1995.
    Endearingly called Mariyatha by the local people as well as the health authorities, Mariyumma M.K. is known as the ambassador of pulse polio. Despite her lack of formal education, the ability of this 59-year-old woman in convincing the people of the importance of giving pulse polio has been well appreciated.
    She has made a clarion call to the people of Malappuram to shed their fears and join the move to lift India to polio-free status. A large number of people in this Muslim-dominated district continue to resist immunisation, including pulse polio vaccination, owing to misconceptions and their social setup.
    The last polio case reported in Kerala was from Malappuram district. Even when the Kondotty polio case reported 12 years ago remains a blot for the district, the resistance of a section of the people has been worrying the authorities.
    “If at all there is any chance for a polio case to be reported in the State, that will certainly be in Malappuram,” said Rose Mary, District Reproductive and Child Health Officer, and K. Sakeena, District Medical Officer.

    The entire country is looking up to Malappuram. The World Health Organisation, too, is reported to have told its officials in India to keep a tab on Malappuram.
    “We are working day in and day out to breach the pockets of resistance. We are trying to garner the support of all opinion leaders, including community leaders to reach out to the people,” said Dr. Sakeena. “This is where the efforts of people like Ms. Mariyatha have to be appreciated,” she said.
    Widowed at a young age, Mariyatha has been living alone and finds joy in helping at an anganwadi functioning next to her tiny house. She says it was her association with anganwadi that awakened the social consciousness within her.
    She has not seen a polio-stricken person. Yet she knows how debilitating that disease can be.
    “Every one of us has the responsibility to wipe out polio from the face of the planet,” she told The Hindu.
    She acquired polio awareness by attending classes and seminars. She has been trying her best since 1995 to reach out to the maximum number of households with the message of pulse polio. She says she missed only one year when she went to Makkah on the Haj pilgrimage.
    Taking part in the drive is like performing a noble deed for Mariyatha. “I don't care who resists. My mission is to convince the people, and save our children from the deadly polio virus. This is one of the noblest deeds we can do,” she said. Mariyatha wants Muslim women to come forward to lift the district in its immunisation coverage.

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    311. Akhlaq Mohammed Khan (Shahryar)


    Born16 June 1936(1936-06-16)Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh
    Died13 February 2012(2012-02-13) (aged 75)Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
    Pen nameShahryar
    OccupationLyricist, poet
    SubjectsLove, philosophy

    Akhlaq Mohammed Khan (16 June 1936 – 13 February 2012), who wrote under the pen name Shahryar, was an Indian academician, and a doyen of Urdu poetry in India. As a Hindi film lyricist, he is best known for his lyrics in Gaman (1978), Umrao Jaan (1981) and Anjuman (1986), by Muzaffar Ali. In 2008 he won the Jnanpith Award, which is the highest literary award in India.

    Early life

    Khan was born at tehsil Aonla, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh in a Muslim Rajput family. His father a was teacher in a state school at Aonla. He received his early education at Bulandshahr and later studied at Aligarh Muslim University.


    Khan started his career as a literary assistant at Anjuman Tarraqqi-e-Urdu, thereafter he joined Aligarh Muslim University as a lecturer in Urdu, he was appointed professor in 1986, and in 1996, he retired as chairman of the Urdu Department. He has co-edited the literary magazine Sher-o-Hikmat (Poetry and Philosophy).


    He was awarded the 1987 Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu for his poetry collection, Khwab Ka Dar Band Hai (1987).
    In 2008, He became the fourth Urdu writer to win the Jnanpith Award.


    His first poetry collection Ism-e-azam was published in 1965, the second collection, Satvan dar (Satva yet in English), came in 1969, the third collection titled Hijr ke mausam was released in 1978, his most celebrated work, Khwab Ke dar band hain, came in 1987, and also won him the Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu for the year. He has also published five collections of his poetry in Devanagari script.


    Khan died 13 February 2012 in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, of lung cancer.

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