Tuesday, March 24, 2015



In Rainawari , we had Ram Joo Handoo’s chemist shop near Jogi Lanker Bridge . He claimed himself to be R M P . My father had an abiding faith in Ram joo’s degree , Diagnosis and Prescriptions . He would often tell me ..

“Ye Haa Chhu RMP. Tchhin tathh Balaai. Aeim Chha Ali Jaanus saet Hedroonie Kaam Kaarmetch.”
“ He is holding R.M.P. certificate. Leave aside his certificate , he has worked with Dr Ali Jan at SMHS hospital Srinagar “
My father believed that Dr Ali Jan was the ultimate that modern medical science could provide to kashmir and any person associated with him could never be ordinary. This led him to believe in Ram joo Handoo's medical practice and prescriptions.
He would lay more stress on Ram Joo’s association with Luqman of Kashmir known as Dr Ali Mohammad Fazili or Fondly known as Ali Jan (1914-1988 ) MBBS , DCH, MRCP.
So he was . This I came to know when I saw his style of attending to patients and his sharp Diagnostic skills.I need to quote one incident..
Possibly in 1978 ,My friend Basharat Fazili's brother was sick for long with fever that did not subside even when treated by some good doctors . They were treating him for Typhoid . Worried , we managed an appointment with Dr Ali Jan in morning hours at his Magarmal Bagh Residence . No Test , no X’ Ray, Dr Jan,  after a careful examination. Told us  that the boy has water in his lungs and he be immediately admitted to Children's Hospital to drain out this water that was causing the infection and consequent fever. And that proved the correct diagnosis. .
No unnecessary Tests ,No un-warranted X’Rays , No expensive medicines and No second opinions .
In Bank ,my immediate boss, Late S N Kaul was Dr Ali Jan's greatest admirer. He would often say,.. ,

"He can feel the sickness in the eyes of the patient. He has uncommon and God given shifaa in his hands ". 

Many stories were in circulation about his god given and magical diagnostic skills.But for sure,He could swiftly diagnose through his own clinical examination and careful listening to what the patient said to him . A pioneer of Modern medical Education in valley . A messiah of kashmiris who did everything to establish modern Healthcare in Kashmir.

Kashmiris shall always remain indebted to this son of the soil who was also a lover of fine ARTS . Kak sahib ,the trusted assistant at his private practice venue ,once told me ..
“Dr sahib likes kashmiri music and songs especially Chhakri . He likes to hear Amma Sofi  , Hassan sofi , RaJ Begum and many more traditional kashmiri singers . He has a great taste for sufiana music of kashmir . He enjoys Indian film  Music  also . Dr sahib also reads a lot of Modern western fiction and Literature . Trout fishing is another great hobby with him. He listens to western classical music  as well  .”
Born in 1914 at Gojwara Locality of downtown Srinagar , he lived at Magarmal Bagh Srinagar and practiced at Polo ground (above the shop of M/S Ghulam Mohi Ud Din And sons Pvt Ltd. A leading export house ) opposite the then Gringdlay’s Bank Building. He did his MBBS from King Edward’s medical college Lahore in 1937 and completed his DCH and MRCP in 1951. In 1975 , Government of India honoured him with Padamshri . A Rotarian , he was also Vice chairman of the governing body of SKIMS Srinagar and a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences India. He was a close friend of Dr.P N  Chutani ( former Director  PGI Chandigarh ).
                                     ( Dr Ali Jan with Sheikh Mohd Abdullah )
 In October 1988, he passed away suffering from cancer of pancreas .
The story of Modern Health care in kashmir shall remain incomplete in case we do not include Dr Ali Jan's contribution .

Peace be to his soul......

( Autar Mota )
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  1. He was my paternal grandfather, my late father, Ali Gowhar Jan Fazili, being his eldest son. May the souls of both my grandfather and father rest in peace.

    1. Peace be to the departed souls.

    2. May Allah rest his soul, grant all our great elders Jannah, and make us to be similar assets to our land and our people...


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