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Firoz Bakht to name Malegaon civic building after Abul Kalam Azad
Sunday November 10, 2013 12:45 PM, Staff Reporter

Malegaon Corporation building Firoz Bakht Ahmed, grandson of freedom fighter and the first Education Minister of independent India Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, will be formally naming the under construction building of Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) in a special ceremony to be held on Monday.

The naming ceremony of the Malegaon Municipal Corporation's building, to be built at the cost of Rs.4,96,00,000 (four crore ninety-six lakh rupees) and completed by June 2014, coincides with 125th birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and it will be formally named after him on Monday to commemorate the occasion.

A lecturer and journalist, Firoz Bakht Ahmed, is the only son of Nooruddin Ahmed – son of Maulana Azad's elder brother Mohammad Ghulam Yaseen who was known as Abu Nasr. Abu Nasr died very young and it was Maulana Azad who took care of Firoz Bakht's father Nooruddin Ahmed.

Besides naming the MMC building after his grandfather, Firoz Bakht Ahmed will be attending a variety of programs including a quiz competition on the life and contribution of Maulana Azad to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of this great Indian leader.

Later in the evening, he will address Jashn-e-Azad, a public meeting organised to mark the occasion.

The unanimous decision to name the Malegaon civic building after Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was taken on July 16, 2012 in the very first general body meeting of the newly elected 80-member house. The decision besides receiving supports from other political parties was also backed by the Shiv-Sena members.

"Maulana Abul Kalam Azad is one of the greatest leaders of the country. As the first Education Minister of independent India, his contributions in shaping the country's education police are remarkable. We want to pay tribute to this great leader by naming the new building after him", Mayor Tahira Shaikh said while talking to

Malegaon has the history of commemorating people by naming roads and chowks after them. After the death of Hemant Karkare, former ATS chief who had exposed the Hindutva terrorists and had arrested those involved in the 2008 Malegaon blast, the corporation had named the Bhikku Chowk after him. The historic Bhikku Chowk was the place where the blast on September 29, 2008 had taken 6 lives.

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