President Murmu Pays Tributes To Dr. Zakir Hussain On His Birth Anniversary

New Delhi, February 08: President of India Droupadi Murmu paid floral tributes to Dr. Zakir Hussain at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Who was Dr. Zakir Hussain?

Zakir Husain Khan known as Dr. Zakir Husain was an Indian educationist and politician who served as President of India from 13 May 1967 until his death on 3 May 1969.

He was into an Afridi Pashtun family in Hyderabad, Husain studied in Etawah, the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College, Aligarh, and the University of Berlin from where he obtained a doctoral degree in economics. He was a founding member of the Jamia Milia Islamia of which he served as Vice-chancellor from 1926 to 1948.

Dr. Zakir Hussain
Dr. Zakir Hussain

He was closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi and was chairman of the Basic National Education Committee which framed a new educational policy known as Nai Talim with its emphasis on free and compulsory education in the first language. Appointed Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University in 1948, he helped retain it as a national institution of higher learning. For his services to education, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1954 and was a nominated member of the Indian Parliament from 1952 to 1957.

Husain also served as Governor of Bihar from 1957 to 1962 and was elected as the Vice President of India in 1962. The following year, he was conferred the Bharat Ratna. He was elected president in 1967, succeeding Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, and became the first Muslim to hold the highest constitutional office in India. He was also the first incumbent to die in office in 1969 and had the shortest tenure of any President. His Mazar lies on the campus of the Jamia Milia Islamia in Delhi.

An author and translator of several books into Urdu and a prolific writer of children’s books, Husain has been commemorated in India through postage stamps and several educational institutions, libraries, roads and Asia’s largest rose garden that have been named after him.

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