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Malegaon Corporation building formally named as Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Bhavan
By naming MMC building after Maulana Azad Malegaon has done what the governments at centre and states couldn't, says grandson Firoz Bakht Ahmed
Monday November 11, 2013 3:04 PM, Staff Reporter

Firoz Bakht Ahmed on Monday formally named the under construction building of Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) as Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Bhavan on the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of this great Indian leader who became India's first Education Minister after independence and remained on the post till his death.

Firoz Bakht Ahmed, a lecturer by profession who is the only son of Maulana Azad's elder brother Ghulam Yasin widely known as Abu Nasr, is in Malegaon for the special naming-ceremony organised to pay tribute to Maulana Azad.

"By naming this huge and beautiful building after Maulana Abul Azad, Malegaon has done what the governments at the centre and states could not do. The government is yet to recognize the contributions of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad for the country", he said amid applauds while addressing the naming-ceremony.

He said that Maulana Azad was a strong preacher of Hindu and Muslim unity, and naming its corporation building after Maulana Azad will help clear the misconceptions about Malegaon.

"Like the sangam of Mosam and Girna rivers which is touching the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Bhavan we just named, I see Hindus and Muslims living here together. It's really touching to know that the decision to name this huge building after Maulana Azad was unanimous and was supported by all political parties including Shiv Sena, MNS and BJP", he said.

Elaborating why the naming-ceremony was held before completion of the building, Mayor Tahira Shaikh Rasheed said, "The building will be complete within next six months. But, we wanted to give a fitting tribute to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on his 125th birth anniversary."

Local MLA Muft Mohd Isamel who also addressed on the occasion paid rich tribute to Maulana Azad and said if today India is considered as epicentre of quality education, it is because of Maulana Azad's policies as the first Education Minister of the country.

"Maulana Azad was asked to become first president of Independent India. But, he did not accept this request. Instead, he chose to become the education minister. Whatever good we see today in the field of education is because of his policies", he said.

The decision to name the Malegaon Corporation building after Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was taken unanimously in the very first general body meeting of the newly elected 80-member civic body held on July 16, 2012.

"The five storey building to be built at the cost of Rs.4,96,00,000 (four crore ninety-six lakh rupees) is to be completed by June 2014. Once complete, it will be the biggest and most beautiful corporation building in Maharashtra", said Tahira Shaikh Rasheed.

The construction of the building located exactly opposite to the historic fort on Mosam Riverfront was part of the octroi contract agreement signed in 2010 between the MMC and Mayur Enterprises.

The first floor of the newly constructed building will have the offices of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, House Leader, party leaders, and a meeting hall, whereas the second floor will have the offices of Municipal Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners and other department heads. The third floor is dedicated fully for the general board meeting.

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. Later in the evening, he will address Jashn-e-Azad, a public meeting organised to mark the occasion, which is also celebrated as National Education Day.

[Photo Caption: Firoz Bakht Ahmed (in cap) after naming the Malegaon Municipal Corporation building as Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Bhavan on 125th birth anniversary.]

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