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Last Updated: August 28, 2007
An Evening with Kapil Sibbal
By A U Asif


Navaid Hamid welcoming Kapil Sibbal amongst the elites of the Walled City

New Delhi, August 26 It was neither an election season, nor election campaign, nor any other occasion with political motif. Rather, it was just an evening on August 26 at the house of Navaid Hamid, an eminent citizen of the Walled City and member of the National Integration Council (NIC) with Kapil Sbbal, the man who currently represents the Walled City’s Chandni Chawk Constituency in Lok Sabha. About 50 eminent citizens of the area had also been invited to be with Kapil Sibal this evening for some time. It is to point out that Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit was also coming to grace the occasion but she had to go back from the Red Fort as ‘advised’ by people belonging to a rival group within Congress. Navaid’s house, which is always buzzing with activity and has seen many VIPs visiting in the past during his late father renowned poet Ain Hamid’s time and also later on, is located in Gali Qasimjan, known for its historical background. Renowned freedom fighter and poet Hasrat Mohani lived in this locality and used to go to participate in the historical sessions of the Constituent Assembly from here. This area was also once known as the “Press Zone”. The Urdu dailies “Al Jamiat”, “Jang”, “Wahdat” and “Anjam” as well as the English weekly “Radiance” used to come out from this locality. This area is proud to give a gift of “Kuldip Nayar” to the world of media. It is said when Kuldip, then a young lawyer, came to Delhi as a refugee from Sialkot in a jeep and landed at Daryaganj, he was recommended by Muqueem Frooqui, then secretary of Delhi unit of the Indian Communist Party to join “Wahdat”, brought out from Ahata Kaley Saheb to earn bread instead of practicing law. Later, he left “Wahdat” and joined another daily “Anjam” published from the same locality. It is said if Kuldip Nayar had not come to this locality to join media leaving his earlier profession of law, the country might not have had got an ‘uncrowned king’ of media.

Prominent among those present on the occasion were Masroor Ahmad Khan, a great grandson of late Hakim Ajmal Khan; Rajesh Yadav, a businessman; Prof Sheikh Mohammed Yusuf Tezabwale, former head of department of Persian, Delhi University; Dr Anwar Khan, a retired teacher, Zakir Hussain College, Delhi; Dr Jalaluddin, a well known dental surgeon; Mohammed Haneef, a custom officer; Prof Aziz Ahmad Siddiqui, an academic; Mohammed Zameeruddin, former councilor; Zahoor Ahmad, a renowned exporter; and Hafiz Matloob Karim, former Assistant Secretary, Delhi State Haj Committee.


Kapil Sibbal listening to the elites of his constituency

While welcoming the guest, Navaid Hamid, also secretary, Movement for Empowerment of Muslim Indians (MOEMIN), introduced him to the elites and vice versa. Navaid Hamid said the purpose of this evening was nothing but to provide an opportunity to Kapil Sibbal to pass through the narrow but historical lanes of the Walled City, known for being a witness to the First War of Independence in 1857; later entire struggle for Independence and also the period since Independence. He hoped Kapilji would prove to come to the genuine expectations and needs of the people of the Walled City.

In response to the assertions of the host Navaid Hamid and other speakers, the jubilant Kapil Sibbal, Union Minister for Science and Technology said such occasions to be with the people were memorable, always memorable. He asserted that so far as the cause of the people was concerned, he was sure not a single person could claim to go to his residence and back without being responded properly.

Kapil Sibbal said he would continue to do this great task of serving people whether he remained MP or not, or whether he was a minister or not. He said that being a lawyer he fought the different cases of the community in the courts and now fighting their case in the political field with some particular forces. Without mentioning the names of those creating hurdles in the visit of Sheila Dixit here this evening, he said his concern was not these people but the forces causing a great harm to the composite culture of the country.


Kapil Sibbal enjoying the evening  with Navaid Hamid

He declared Chandni Chawk as the best example of the composite culture. It is to point out that the great poet Mirza Ghalib had also mentioned the composite culture existing in this locality during his time in his “Dastanbu”.

Kapil Sibbal said his foremost priority in his life was to provide justice to the people. He revealed his legal fight begun against the pogrom in Gujarat in 2002 was continuing, and now he was also engaged in fighting out Narendra Modi politically in Gujarat. He disclosed that it was at his initiatives that the cases of the 1993 Mumbai riots would now be dealt under a special court in Maharashtra. He expressed satisfaction on the ‘success’ of the new traffic management in Chandni Chawk area. He promised special measures to bring improvement in the condition of ‘katras’ and also schools, particularly Urdu medium schools, of the Walled City.

 


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