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Khaaka Nigaari (Brief Life Sketch) - Naqoosh - Aligarh Shakhsiyat

By Afzal Usmani*

"Khaaka Nigaari" (Brief Life Sketch) is a a very important branch of Urdu writings. Same is true for other languages too but we are talking about Urdu here. On and off we see a lot of Khaakey ( Brief Life Sketch ) of people associated with Aligarh Movement on e-forums and in different Urdu Magazine. The very recent skewed Khaka (life sketch) of (Late) Prof. Khaliq Ahmad Nizami in "Mashaaheer-e-Aligarh" issue of Tahzibul Akhlaq prompted me to publish famous khaakey (Brief Life Sketch) of people associated with Aligarh Movement for those who are keen in writing and publishing Khaakey (Brief Life Sketch) on internet or in magazines and journals.

"Namwaraan-e-Aligarh", a series published by Idarah Fikr-o-Nazar, AMU Aligarh contains Khaakey (Brief Life Sketch) of most of the people associated with Aligarh Movement. But real justice was not done with a lot of people and most of articles from the series needs to be revisited/re-written. Hope Prof. Abul Kalam Qasmi (Editor - Fikr-o-Nazar) will take some initiative in this direction.

While writing Khaakey (Brief Life Sketch) in English for www.aligarhmovement.com in Karwaan-e-Aligarh and Aligarian series, I started reading Naqoosh - Shkhsiyat Number. Thanks to my senior Mr. Naved Masood Sahab to point me to this piece of treasure. It took me 2 years to get hold of a copy of this treasure. I called most of the publishers/book sellers to get me a copy of Naqoosh - Shkhsiyat Number. They failed to do so. In 2007/08 accidentally I reached Kutub Khana Aziziya, next to Jama Masjid in Delhi. While surfing their shelf I could not find anything of my interest. The person sitting on the front desk ask me if I am looking anything specific. I just told him that I am looking something on "Shakhsiyaat". He immediately told me that he has "Shakhsiyaat Number of Naqoosh" but it will be costly. I was speechless. I asked him to show me first. When he brought the book, I was sure as is the same which I was looking for couple of years. It was hand stitched/bind and wrapped in newspaper cover. Pages were very brittle. In nutshell looked like junk. Maybe he bought it from a "Kabaadi". He charged me a handsome amount which was almost 300 times the original price but it was worth every penny.

Coming back to the main objective of this long introduction. I am going to share the brief life sketch of luminaries associated with Aligarh Movement so that people can read. Specially people who writes life sketch on different forums and magazines and journals. And of course the the series will begin with our beloved Sir Syed R.A. Here is brief life sketch of Sir Syed, written by Shaikh Ismayeel Panipati for Naqoosh- Shakhsiyat Number which was published from Lahore.


Sir Syed Bi-Centenary


Hamiduddin Farahi


ZH Chowdhury

Satish Chandra