Monday, January 18, 2016

GHULAM MOHD SADIQ AND MIRZA AFZAL BEIGH IN A PHOTOGRAPH OF 1949


                                                                                




THE HAPPIER DAYS ...SEPTEMBER 1949...GOING TO RECEIVE PANDIT JAWAHAR LAL NEHRU...

KHWAJA GHULAM MOHD SADIQ AND MIRZA MOHD AFZAL BEIGH...
                                                                            

Mirza Afzal Beigh was a shrewd politician from Ananatnaag Kashmir.  In 1953, he was also arrested with Sheikh Mohd Abdullah in "Kashmir Conspiracy case ". As close associate of Sheikh Mohd Abdullah , he was his  principal Negotiator  of   “ Indira Abdullah Peace Accord “ of 1974 . He died in 1982. He was widely respected for his sharp wit and integrity. He was a competent lawyer.
                                                                            

                                          ( G M Sadiq  With V K Krishna Menon )

Ghulam Mohd Sadiq  looks young and cheerful .Rafiq Sadiq , his son , also had a cheerful outlook. That apart, Rafiq was not encouraged by his father to enter in political arena. Sadiq  was well read and never did a double talk or change his stance or posturing .. His personal assets bear testimony to his integrity. In 1971,  when Bangla Desh was born and  he was  on  his death bed in PGI Chandigarh,  he said :

“Time has proved that two nation Theory was wrong .”


Adds Ram Krishen Sadhu:

“They were always poles apart from one another but overall political considerations at the time of partition had temporarily bound them. I have officially observed them closely and found both of them very competent. But their philosophy of life was totally different from each other. One was a leftist intellectual wedded to national interest, the other was a conservative hard core politician engages  and a confidant of Sheikh Mohd Abdullah. The State had so many towering personalities at the political level unlike the pygmies of today. They had a towering stature even at the National level.
Sadiq Sahib's integrity was beyond question. Besides DPDhar I have hardly ever seen a politician in the valley so well read and well informed on any subject ranging from political thought to poetry to fiction to literature. About his integrity I have witnessed with what ease he got his closest relations investigated and removed from lucrative assignments in the Excise and Health Departments. Though intellectual and progressive and leftist, he was always immaculately dressed. I remember he would generally get his suits stitched in Delhi. Rafiq, peace be to his soul, a good friend of mine was a perfect gentleman. He had to pay a high price a few times when during his Dad's Chief Ministership he tried to interfere in some matters.”

(Autar Mota)

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