Mushirul Hasan, Noted Historian, Passes Away

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NEW DELHI: Noted historian and former Jamia Millia Islamia vice chancellor Mushirul Hasan passed away early Monday after prolonged illness here, the university said.

Hasan, who has extensively written on India’s Partition, passed away at a private hospital on Monday morning. He was 69 years old.

He is survived by his wife Zoya Hasan, a political scientist and academician.

An alumnus of the Aligarh Muslim University and the University of Cambridge, Hasan also served as the Director-General of the National Archives of India, and the President of the Indian History Congress.

“He met with a road accident about two years ago and was mostly bed-ridden after that. He was also undergoing dialysis for kidney problems,” former secretary to Jamia Vice chancellor, Zafar Nawaz Hashmi, told PTI.

He added, “Some health complications emerged and he was taken to hospital post midnight. He passed away there this morning.”

His namaz-e-janaza will be performed at 1 pm at Masjid Babul Ilm and 2 pm at Jamia mosque, said family sources.

“He will be buried at the campus cemetery meant for vice chancellors,” a spokesperson of the university said.

Mushirul Hasan has extensively documented Islam and Muslims of South Asia. His book India Partition: The Other Face of Freedom, documents how Partition displaced millions and left behind a legacy of hostility and bitterness between the governments as well as the people from India and Pakistan.

In his book When Stone Walls Cry, Mr. Hasan presents the unknown facets of prison life of the Nehrus and how that transformed their vision and character. He documents how Jawaharlal Nehru decided to guide India on to the world stage as a modern nation, contrary to Mahatma Gandhi’s imagination of Hind Swaraj.

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