NPP, J&K State Legal Aid Committee pay homage to Dr. Mehmood-ur-Rehman, Former VC of AMU

A massive gathering of political and social activists as well as former diplomats and IAS officers was held in New Delhi this afternoon which paid heavy tributes to Dr. Mehmood-ur-Rehman, former Additional Chief Secretary in J&K, former Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, former Chairman, Bombay Mercantile Co-op Bank Ltd. and also former Secretary in the Union Govt. who made tremendous contributions in the field of diplomacy, international relations, administrative skills, as well as in the field of education as was evident from his superb performance as the Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University from 1995 to 2000.

Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Founder of J&K National Panthers Party who remained one of the closest associates and friend of Dr. Mehmood-ur-Rehman in his farewell salaam to Dr. Mehmood-ur-Rehman recalled the contributions of Dr. Mehmood-ur-Rehman which he made in Jammu and Kashmir at a time when the entire State of J&K was engulfed in the fire of death and destruction in the nineties. He said that all the shutters of the politicians and social activists were closed in the nineties when the doors of Dr. Mehmood-ur-Rehman in J&K as Home Commissioner of the State remained open for all around the clock. He said that Dr. Mehmood-ur-Rehman played a most positive role and he devoted all his time under the rains of guns and bullets looking after the people in Kashmir who needed help and protection.

Dr. Mehmood-ur-Rehman was assigned most difficult job in Aligarh Muslim University in 1995 when the entire situation in the region was on the boil and discipline did not exist in the dictionary in that region of Uttar Pradesh. In five years Dr. Mehmood-ur-Rehman generated a climate of love and affection, goodwill was generated all round in the university. The students started going to the classes, the teachers started taking the classes and social activism was generated once again in the corridors of Aligarh Muslim University. Prof.Bhim Singh said that he had an opportunity to assist Dr. Mehmood-ur-Rehman in those days as visiting professor as well as legal aid advisor to the Vice-Chancellor. Prof.Bhim Singh said that 140 students of AMU were expelled from the university in 1965 following an unfortunate incident in which the then Vice-Chancellor was hurt and about 150 students including Bhim Singh, Bashir Ahmed Khan (Former President-AMU), Tasleem Ahmed Khan (Former Secretary of the Union), Shri Abdul Basit and several other prominent student leaders had to remain in jail for about seven months. All were expelled from the University in 1965. It was Dr. Mehmood-ur-Rehman in 1998 who gathered a massive AMU students rally in the historic lawns of the university where the expulsion orders against Bhim Singh and others were publicly withdrawn which gave a new lease of life to him and several others.

Prof.Bhim Singh also assisted Dr. Mehmood-ur-Rehman as a Legal Advisor of Bombay Mercantile Co-op Bank Ltd, which was revived by chrismatic and magical operations of Dr. Mehmood-ur-Rehman.

Prof.Bhim Singh also expressed heartfelt condolences to the members of the family of Dr. Mehmood-ur-Rehman in the special conference held in B.K. Dutt Colony, Jor Bagh, New Delhi.

Prominent among those who were present Rajiv Jolly Khosla, President-DPNPP, Romesh Khajuria, Sr. Vice President, B.S. Billowria, Advocate, National General Secretary, Kali Ram Tomar, social activist, Swaran Singh Yadav, Mrs. Sudesh Dogra Anil Sharma, Mahadev, Dildar Hussain Beg, Santosh Kumar Singh, Om Kishan, Rajan, and others.

Prof.Bhim Singh announced that he shall edit a book on the performances and contributions of Dr. Mehmood-ur-Rehman as a bureaucrat, as an educationist, as a social reformer and above all, as super human being who was an edifice of the composite culture that India represents for centuries.