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Allama I.I.Kazi – A few glimpses from his life

Posted on July 23, 2007
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Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi

Allama I. I. Kazi died in 1968 and therefore people of my generation have had little or no direct contact with him. My paternal grandfather Dr. Ali Ahmed Kazi was a nephew of Allama Sahib while my maternal grandfather Khan Bahadur Ghulam Nabi Kazi was a first cousin and brother-in-law of his.

In the wake of defeat in Afghanistan, Sir Charles Napier annexed Sindh in 1843 after the Battle of Miani fought without any provocation and sent Queen Victoria the meaningful and cryptic one-word message ‘Peccavi’ meaning:

I have Sin(ne)d

In their search for efficient, educated and honest persons with good antecedents, the eyes of the British fell on the Ansari family of Paat in Dadu district. Kazi Imam Ali Ansari was appointed City Magistrate and Municipal Commissioner at Hyderabad. Imdad Ali Imam Ali Kazi was the second son of the second wife of Kazi Imam Ali, and was born at Hyderabad on April 9, 1886.

He grew amidst luxurious surroundings but was not spoilt. Under the tutorship of Akhund Abdul Aziz, he mastered Persian, Arabic, Sindhi and Urdu, in addition to study of the Holy Quran. Furthermore, he was fascinated by sanyasis who renounced the world and lived in quest of the truth, at a tender age affecting his future life a great deal.

The young Imdad passed the vernacular final exam in the year 1904 with a distinction in Persian and the matriculation exam in 1905 from the University of Bombay. He was disappointed by Aligarh and left for London along with his cousin Seth Hafiz in 1907. In England he got admission in Lincoln’s Inn for the Bar. He also joined the London School of Economics and studied Psychology, Sociology, Physics, Biology, German, English Literature and Arabic; some of these courses were taken privately. Throughout this period, he also studied the Holy Quran in depth. In England, Mr. I. I. Kazi was a contemporary of the Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal.

Arriving late at an underground tube-station one day, he caught the train just in time and boarded a compartment. The compartment had a lady passenger Gertrude Loesch who requested him to sit down. Allama Sahib was, however, very shy and bashful, which interested the lady more. She developed a liking for this man, followed him to his lodgings and then commenced a life long relationship of intellectual friendship and love. Elsa (Gertrude Loesch) was the daughter of a famous German composer, who was a disciple of Mozart. She was most talented and was a philosopher, writer and poet of a high caliber. The two were married in 1910 in Germany.

After being called to the Bar in 1911, Mr. Kazi Sahib returned home with his bride to a royal welcome by his parents. Subsequently they left for London the next year and remained there until World War I was over. Returning to in India in 1919, Allama Sahib had to cope with the death of his father and searched for a suitable appointment. The British offered the young Barrister the post of Civil Judge Tando Mohammad Khan. He was later sent as District and Sessions Judge Khairpur. He was appointed Home Member of the State also, but not happy with the British policy towards the States, he left Khairpur and took up the post of Public Prosecutor Tharparkar. He proceeded on leave and resigned that post too from London in 1931.

The couple returned to India in 1935 at the persistent requests of His Highness the Mir of Khairpur. The Anjuman Tabligh Islam nominated him as their President but upset over the quarreling amongst the Ulema or religious scholars, the couple left again for England in October 1935.

After returning home in 1938, Allama Sahib regularly delivered Friday prayer sermons at Sir Leslie Wilson Muslim Hostel, now known as Jinnah Courts opposite the Dayaram Jethmal (DJ) Science College Karachi. Amongst his listeners were students who later rose to be government ministers, judges of the superior judiciary, renowned scholars and civil servants. Incidentally, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad also attended some of his sermons.

In an effort to earn his livelihood or rizq-e-halaal, Allama Sahib experimented with a poultry farm and a dairy farm but both failed. The British Government meanwhile entrusted to his care wards from jagirdar or major land-owning families such as Sardar Akbar Bugti and Mir Sunder Khan Sunderani who had the good fortune of receiving schooling and training directly from Allama Sahib.

Allama Sahib left for England in 1947 but returned to take up the job of Vice Chancellor of the Sindh University in 1951. Till that time the university, which had been in existence since April 1947 was serving as an examining body only. Upon the appointment of Prof. A B A Haleem as Vice Chancellor of the Karachi University, Allama Sahib was requested to take over the Sindh University. He accepted the position more in his keenness to disseminate education in Sindh, and went about his work with great zeal.

…Image to the right is Allama I.I Kazi’s sketch drawn by Gulgee in 1968...

At that time only five colleges and thirty-four high schools were affiliated with Sindh University. Karachi having become the Capital territory, the headquarters of Sindh were shifted to Hyderabad. Very soon the university was converted into a full-fledged center for higher education that was awarding Masters and Doctoral degrees in its various faculties and disciplines. The first teaching faculty of Education started working as early as September 1951. Within four years, the grant of the University was increased from Rs. 100,000 to Rs. 500,000 upon Allama Sahib’s insistence with the then Governor, Justice Din Muhammad in 1955.

Allama Sahib continued his practice of Friday sermons to the staff and students of his beloved university. He conducted the utmost economy where university funds were involved, donated half his salary to the institution and induced other teachers to follow suit. Instead of a car, he engaged a victoria cart for his conveyance and often went to England at personal expense to buy the apparatus and equipment for the Sindh University.

Mr. Kazi was also a stickler for all matters concerning protocol. Those were the days when true educationists were assigned the task of heading institutions, and Vice-Chancellors were not hired or fired to suit the personal whims of provincial education secretaries. At some time after the creation of One Unit in 1955, whereby all provinces in the present Pakistan were lumped into a single province, the then Governor of West Pakistan Nawab Mushtaq Ahmed Gurmani was visiting Hyderabad and all high officials were requested to meet him at Circuit House. On reaching Circuit House, Allama Sahib found that there were no individual interviews arranged with the Governor, so he came back. On receiving the news, Nawab Sahib completed his work for the day and drove to 37 Civil Lines where Mr. Kazi resided. On reaching there the servant told him that Mr. Kazi rested from 2 p.m. onwards and could not be disturbed. Nawab Sahib therefore went back and returned at 5 p.m. for a chat with Allama Sahib. Later when the Senate was considering the extension of Allama Sahib’s tenure, Allama Sahib left the Hall. Nawab Gurmani immensely praised the Vice Chancellor and there was an overwhelming vote for his extension.

After the imposition of the first Martial Law in the country in October 1958, certain Army officers came to the Registrar and made certain inquiries of him. On receiving the report of this external interference in university affairs, Allama Sahib promptly tendered his resignation on 25 May 1959 and never took up a government assignment again.

As Vice-Chancellor of Sindh University, Allama Sahib took only that much salary that sufficed for his necessary expenses, and after retirement he effected further economy in his day-to-day expenses. Once Mrs. A. K. Brohi presented Mrs. Elsa Kazi with a jewelry set on the occasion of her daughter’s wedding. Mother Elsa, as she was popularly called, went red in the face and expressed that she had never worn such jewelry, and told Mrs. Brohi that even after years of association she had failed to understand her. At this point, Allama Sahib asked her to accept the gift without further argument. The next day Mr. (later Justice) Hamza Khan M. Kureshi visited Mr. Brohi and returned the jewelry set to him with a message from Allama Sahib:

Do you want that after our death any gold or jewelry should be found in our belongings? Can we bear such a thing to happen?

Mrs. Elsa Kazi passed away on 28 May 1967 after a brief but painful fight against a kidney problem. Left all alone, Allama Sahib was completely heart-broken and would join her within the year.

At a convocation of the University of Sindh around this time, Allama I. I. Kazi was conferred with the degree of Doctorate of Literature honoris causa. The other recipient who received the same degree in the same convocation was the late Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Both the recipients delivered brilliant speeches on the occasion, making it the finest hour of the university.
Towards his end, Allama Sahib would pray to God like Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai:

On what account am I still in this world when I should revert to my Creator

He expressed his sentiments thus:

When you have no need of life you will go smiling out saying like Jami, Hafiz and other great poets that I have known that my home was not here. I am going home where I shall live. I am a bird of some other world thrown in this cage. The sooner I go out the better. They have all said that when we have done our task, why need we be here?

On the night between 12-13 April 1968, Allama Sahib engaged in a long prayer followed by muraqba or contemplation. By the early morning time, he had a vision in which he perceived the Creator. It was a very beautiful sight. He woke up and recorded his experience; the last paper that he ever wrote.

After lunch that Allama Sahib hardly ate on the 13th April, he retired for a while. Then dressing himself in his most elegant suit and felt hat, he asked his servant to get any conveyance that he could. Not finding a taxi, the servant brought a motor rickshaw. This was the first time Allama Sahib had ever sat in a rickshaw but he did not complain. Paying the driver in advance he told him to take him to One Tree Bunder, a bank off the Indus, which was his favorite spot since a long time.

On reaching the bank, Allama Sahib reached the embankment slope opposite the bunyan tree. He took of his hat and tried to descend down the slope. His foot slipped and he fell on the stones and rolled down up to the water’s edge. The fall had killed him and his soul had departed. Not a drop of water had entered his stomach or even touched his mouth. Thus ended the life of one of the greatest persons produced by Sindh.

Incidentally, the then President of India Dr Zakir Hussain was a great admirer of Allama Sahib. Before President Ayub Khan‘s condolence message could be broadcast on Radio Pakistan, in which he directed the Commissioner Hyderabad to convey his condolences to the bereaved family, All India Radio broke the news with condolences from President Zakir Hussain. It was only left for the people across both sides of the border to mourn the great loss.

Photo to the right above are the side by side final resting places of Allama I.I. Kazi and Mrs Elsa Kazi located in Sindh University Campus at Jamshoro, Sindh.

About the Author: Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi works with World Health Organization in Islamabad.

47 Comments on “Allama I.I.Kazi – A few glimpses from his life”

  1. Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi says:
    July 23rd, 2007 1:04 am

    Maybe somebody else can discuss the works of Allama Kazi and Mrs Elsa Kazi. This piece deals purely with their lives.

  2. Hossp says:
    July 23rd, 2007 1:54 am

    I graduated from Sindh University Jamshoro campus. Obviously, Allama sahib was VC way before my time there. In fact, he had passed away way before I joined the university.

    This is unfortunate that the university of sindh has failed to make a name for itself as a premier institution of education in Pakistan despite some famous sons of Sindh being its VCs. Dr. Kazi was perhaps the biggest name but others like Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Sheikh Ayaz did not contribute a whole lot to the betterment of the university. Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Shah’s tenure was marked with his involvement in politics and Shaikh Ayaz apparently just did not have the vision to change the university from its poor image of a highly political-zed institution to an educational institution.

    The University of Sindh perhaps is the only university in Pakistan where a chairman of the dept was given the first position in master’s exams on the insistence of the chief Minister of Sindh in the 70s. The same guy some 20 odd years later became the chairman of the department. What a disgrace! There were other instances of extreme nepotism in the university. I know of the instances where some Student of a particular party were allowed access to exam results and often forced the staff to change the results based on political leanings of the students.

    I am sure if Dr. kazi was still alive, his face would have been red on what others did to the institution that he loved and gave some best years of his life.

    I always wondered what Dr. Kazi did in England while he stayed in UK on different occasions. Could Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi enlighten us on that part of his life?

  3. July 23rd, 2007 6:15 am

    an interesting intro.
    some further links to more literature on his work can be shared…

  4. Shahran Asim says:
    July 23rd, 2007 8:35 am

    Great post on Allama I I Kazi who was great educationist and a scholar of Sindh.
    I do recall a poem which was part of our 10th grade syllabus by Elsa Kazi on the famous “Neem Tree”. Here it is:

    THE NEEM TREE
    My lovely Neem,
    That intercepts sun’s scorching beam,
    Yet bears the heat all day
    Without the rain’s refreshing spray,
    Thou charm’st the wanderer’s woe away
    With soothing shade.
    How strong you are, how unafraid,
    How green the leaves inspite of all
    The mid-day flames that burning fall
    Upon thy unprotected head…
    Could man be as bold as thou and rise
    Above the earth, with the sheltering arm
    To save the suffering ones from harm,
    From sorrows, poverty and vice
    Through sacrifice.
    Could man be steadfast, and like thee
    Face every fate, would it not be
    Fulfilment of life’s lofiest dream
    My lovely Neem!

    -Mrs. Elsa Kazi

  5. Shuja Nawaz says:
    July 23rd, 2007 10:42 am

    What a beautifully composed remembrance for a wonderful man and his wife. Just one quibble: I understand that the Napier story is aprocyphal. Sounds good but like may such stories never happened.

  6. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    July 23rd, 2007 11:01 am

    Interesting to read about a compatriot of another generation whom the country knows very little otherwise. Often wondered how the title of ‘Allama’ is conferred upon individuals.

    Also of interest are the lines: “In their search for efficient, educated and honest persons with good antecedents, the eyes of the British fell on the Ansari family of Paat in Dadu district”. Never knew the actual process through which the colonial rule was consolidated.

    Comments by Hossp help understand the politically charged disposition of some mates in graduate school hailing from Jamsharo. “Dr. Kazi was perhaps the biggest name but others like Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Sheikh Ayaz did not contribute a whole lot to the betterment of the university. Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Shah’s tenure was marked with his involvement in politics and Shaikh Ayaz apparently just did not have the vision to change the university from its poor image of a highly political-zed institution to an educational institution”.

    Old pictures and paintings are nice addition. So is the poem by Mrs. Elsa Kazi.

  7. July 23rd, 2007 11:31 am

    we miss such people nowadays or the manufacturing of this kind of material is all sold out.

  8. Indscribe says:
    July 23rd, 2007 12:20 pm

    Well written though a very personal account. I especiallly liked the incident of gifts (gold jewellery) mentioned here. Of course, when you write Mr, the prefix of Sahib, if used, doesn’t gel well. The same is true with Allama and Sahab. Khair. The photos are good. What about his writings? kya unhon ne Urdu ya English mein kitaabeN tasneef ki thiin.

    Justice Karamat Husain ate ‘maash ki daal’ all his life and founded the Karamat Husain Girls College in Lucknow. It is always good to highlight such stories.

  9. mazhar butt says:
    July 23rd, 2007 12:26 pm

    EXCELLENT BIOGRAPHICAL ACCOUNT. CONGRATS

  10. Tina says:
    July 23rd, 2007 10:43 pm

    I liked the story, it was interesting to me that he had a long and happy marriage to a German lady, and his family welcomed her. I know too many Pakistanis who insist vehemently that marriage to outsiders *never* works out.

    Did she convert to Islam? Does the author know?

  11. Indscribe says:
    July 23rd, 2007 11:04 pm

    I am least interested in her conversion. zaatiyaat meN dakhal-andaazi theek nahiin. After all, Christian women are ahl-e-kitaab and marriage is jaaiz.

  12. Owais Mughal says:
    July 23rd, 2007 11:15 pm

    Just like Shahran’s comments above, my first introduction to Allama I.I. Kazi was also through Sindh Text Book Board’s English text book for Grade IX. Mrs Elsa Kazi’s ‘Neem Tree’ was (is?) part of English compulsory in Sindh. We had to write its summary and explanation. Our English teacher then also explained Allama’s great role in the initial set-up of University of Sindh (abbreviated as US :)) at Jamshoro.

  13. mazhar butt says:
    July 24th, 2007 3:08 am

    will the author shed some light on the particulars of his issues, if any, and how they are doing to preserve his name and achievements ???

  14. Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi says:
    July 24th, 2007 3:34 am

    No. They had no children but only nephews and nieces all of whom have done very well in life. Thanks for the compliments from some friends. About ‘Peccavi’ I grew up hearing about it and read about it in several books. For starters here are three internet sources although as the story goes “Punch’ magazine is responsible for this.

    http://www.historyhome.co.uk/peel/people/napier.htm

    A great controversy took place as to the necessity for the conquest of Sind, in which Outram and Napier took opposite sides. On the one side it was alleged that Lord Ellenborough and Napier had made up their minds that Sind should be annexed, but that the amirs might have been safely left to rule their country; and that, had they been differently treated, there need have been no war. On the other side it was stated that the disaffection of Sind could not be allayed by pacific measures; that it was ‘the tail of the Afghan storm,’ to use Napier’s expression, and that it was necessary to act with promptitude, decision, and firmness. Napier found a state of things bordering on war. For a short time he listened to his political adviser, then he acted for himself, and in the course of a few months Sind was conquered. His comment to his brother was “Peccavi” (I have sinned – Sind).

    http://www.dawn.com/weekly/books/archive/020217/books13.htm

    Sir Charles James Napier (1782-1853) often referred to as the conqueror of Sindh (Scinde) defeated the Balochi army on February 17, 1843 at Miani, occupied Mirpur and Umerkot, and conveyed the news of his victory to Lord Ellenborough, the then Governor-General in the punning message in Latin ‘Peccavi’ i.e. “I have Sindh (sinned).

  15. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    July 24th, 2007 8:39 am

    I subscribe to the principle that religion is a personal and not a public matter. Even though it is not clear whether she was born as a Christian or as a German Jew, Mrs. Elsa Kazi devoted her life to the Muslim causes and served our people with total sincerity and dedication. And that is good enough for this reader. Sooner or latter we have to stop talking about religious believes of others.

  16. mazhar butt says:
    July 24th, 2007 12:43 pm

    ”“Peccavi

  17. Tina says:
    July 24th, 2007 12:57 pm

    Dr. Kazi, thank you for the additional information–all very interesting. I will have to try to find copies of these works.

    For the others, I appreciate the spirit of your comments that religion is a personal matter but I think it is all right to ask, isn’t it? Especially if she wrote about it. And there are few religions that are more public than Islam.

  18. Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi says:
    July 24th, 2007 3:08 pm

    Well honestly I see no harm in asking about religion, particularly in relation to public figures. Once you become a public figure, you are in a way accountable for all that you do and that which you do not do. Furthermore, knowing about one’s religion can put things in perspective and lead to a better understanding of their actions. I will brief you on the publications in my next comment.

  19. mazhar butt says:
    July 24th, 2007 4:21 pm

    I fully endorse Doctor Kazi’s views on asking about religion of public figures,,,,,and commend Tina on asking such an important question

  20. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    July 24th, 2007 5:03 pm

    “……….knowing about one’s religion can put things in perspective and lead to a better understanding of their actions……..”

    You mean it validates our perceptions and prejudices; positive as well as negative. Why my fellow country-men’s (and women’s) insistence upon knowing ones religion does not surprise me. That is our ingrained indoctrination. It will allow us to say freely that “Mrs. Elsa Kazi was a good women”. Why not, after all she converted to Islam. What if she was a German Christan or Jew and she did good deeds. Would she still be considered as good of a person. If the answer is yes then why ask. You see my point. Let us get over this religion business and judge individuals by their deeds and not by their religious affiliations. I know what MQ will say. But some one has to say it. So let it be me.

  21. Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi says:
    July 24th, 2007 11:33 pm

    I think you misunderstood me. I am totally against prejudice of any sort. I have equal or even greater regard for Prof Annemarie Schimmel, as I have for my great-aunt. But what’s the harm in knowing about one’s religion. Taking your point to its logical conclusion, in an ideal world we should not even care to know about one’s nationality. Unfortunately, in the world we know these things definitely matter. And then let’s face it; Tina’s question was really so inncouous. I have remained in the US in the ‘Happy Holidays’ (as opposed to Merry Christmas) culture and respect that too. On a lighter note I may add that ‘Mother’ Elsa as she is popularly known was born a Christian and continued to have a Christmas Tree in her house every December. My father and other nephews always cherished these occasions because there was a present for one and all in the tree.

  22. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    July 25th, 2007 8:10 am

    Thank you Dr. Kazi for the article and the followups. Looking forward to learn more about the illustrious couple. Indeed nation can use few more people like them.

  23. rob says:
    July 25th, 2007 4:45 pm

    This man was a good blend of the Indo-Pakistani cultural heritage. A yearning desire to mend the past shall always remain among the intellectuals.

  24. Jameel Bughio says:
    July 27th, 2007 12:11 am

    I never read about this great man before. This wonderful intro by my DJ College class fellow,(hope he remembers me) has ignited passion to get hold of his lifehistory/bio in detail if that exists.
    Can anyone tell me where to get?

  25. July 27th, 2007 6:59 am

    An interesting article. I was not aware of relationship between Elza Kazi and I.I. Kazi.

    I wonder why in sind text books we don’t read much about sind personalities?

  26. Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi says:
    July 27th, 2007 7:50 am

    His contribution to our national life extended beyond Sindh. He served on several constitutional commissions in the early days of the country. I suppose he was never fond of cheap publicity and was quite aloof in the later part of his life. It is nevertheless important to cherish his memory and make his works more accessible to the general public. The Sindh University does have a Allama I I Kazi Memorial Society headed by Prof N A Baloch. But then it was shocking to learn that the ‘Brown Girl’ published by the Sindhi Adabi Board is out of print. I got a copy after much difficulty some months ago and was told, it was being re-printed. Another masterpiece is ‘Casual Peeps at Sophia’, which is a collection of Allama Sahib’s speeches. This is also not available, not to mention bags and bags of his manuscripts eaten up by termites. It really seems pathetic.

  27. Hamid Ahmad Khan says:
    July 28th, 2007 1:03 pm

    It is so true, when a man’s life work is accompalished; the Divine calls him to his presence. Very interesting life story of a great scholar. I am so grateful to Dr. Kazi Sahib for sharing it with me.
    Despite a life of amazing beauty, I felt a touch of sadness about him, a sadness which has nothing to do with despair or anxiety but is caused by an inner longing. This is given to few, who have a spirit capable of communicating with supreme Creator.
    May God bless his soul.

  28. mazhar butt says:
    July 28th, 2007 6:21 pm

    It is very sad and disappointing that the works of this great scholar have been wasted and the nation deprived of a yet another heritage. We accuse the British for carrying away precious relics from their colonies but don’t realize the fact that if they hadn’t done that those relics would have been definitely destroyed by our people. At least those relics and historical masterpieces are lying safe with them and they have taken it as their duty to preserve them for the benefit of the progeny.

    There is an Allama I.I. Qazi Hall at Sindhi Muslim society Karachi, which is mainly used as a Shadi Hall. I don’t understand why this Hall couldn’t be put to a better use to promote the works and achievements of I I Qazi and his wife?
    Why is this scholar been ignored by the Government or his adherents?

    At this juncture, I would also like to add the name of yet another highly esteemed scholar of Sindh namely Umer Muhammad Daudpota, after which a road has been named in Karachi, but a little is told about him to the nation. Why this callousness and indifference with us all?

  29. Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi says:
    July 30th, 2007 2:17 am

    Thanks for mentioning Shamsul Ulema Dr U M Daudpota. After Sindh seperated from the Bombay Presidency and was created a province, my maternal grand father Khan Bahadur Ghulam Nabi Kazi was appointed first Director of Public Instructions Sindh. He continued until 1939 and handed over charge to Dr Daudpota, who remained in the position till 1950. One of his sons Air Marshal Azim Daudpota has remained Governor of Sindh, while his other son Dr Q Isa Daudpota is a rare genius. You can access his pictures’ website on: http://www.flckr.com/photos/daudpota

    In the family pictures set you can view a lot of pictures of the great educationist Dr Daudpota.

  30. Dr.Hasan S Nizami says:
    August 3rd, 2007 2:07 pm

    I was unfortunate to have been born a decade or so after the demise of Allama Sahib & mother Elsa, but have had the pleasure of hearing off them through my mother and maternal grandfather Late Justice Mushtak Ali Kazi.
    I can very well imagine what a delight it would have been to be taught by the likes of Allama Sahib.

  31. Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi says:
    August 7th, 2007 2:58 am

    Nice meeting you in these parts, Hasan. Uncle Mushtak has really done the first serious effort to put Allama Sahib’s life in perspective and I have relied in large part on some of his writings. I think there is a need to disseminate his works more, I still possess a letter he wrote to me in 1997 when I was in Boston and indicated his keeness to get the books published in the USA. Do you think your aunt Fozia can help?

  32. Owais Mughal says:
    August 9th, 2007 10:39 am

    Mrs Elsa Kazi‘s photo of 1912:

  33. Dr.Hasan S Nizami says:
    August 13th, 2007 7:40 pm

    It is a pleasure. Its unfortunate though that we are meeting here. Lets just blame it on technology .

    Perhaps it would be worthwhile discussing it with aunty Fauzia, I for one will definitely ask my mom on how to go about things.

    My contact email is

    doc2good@yahoo.com

    Warm Regards,
    Hasan

  34. Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi says:
    August 15th, 2007 6:55 am

    Excellent. Let’s work on it.

    Kind regards

  35. Asma says:
    August 17th, 2007 4:24 am
  36. Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi says:
    August 17th, 2007 11:56 am

    Thanks Asma. A couple of weeks ago I read about how Jamshoro was chosen as the site for the Sindh University and Liaquat Medical College.

    It appears that Allama Sahib wanted the campus to be located outside the city of Hyderabad against the wishes of the bureaucracy which lacked the requisite vision. Finally Sindh Health Minister Pir Ali Muhammad Rashdi was directed to resolve the issue in 1951. He notes:

    “After much discussion had taken place over the question of location of the Liaquat Medical College (LMC) and the Sindh University campus. The bureaucracy proposed that these institutions should not be located outside the city. Kazi Saheb alone was of the view that these institutions should be built away from the city in an open space. Finally the decision rested on the construction of the LMC. A meeting was held in the Circuit House Hyderabad. After listening to the arguments of the officers I turned to Kazi Saheb and said,

  37. basit says:
    August 30th, 2007 1:08 pm

    we miss such people nowadays or the manufacturing of this kind of material is all sold out.

  38. Shabbir says:
    November 29th, 2007 5:21 am

    This is really a precious site to introduce our mother institute Sindh University.The images are really a good element of websites which enhance the beauty and can provide the pictorial information.So i would suggest you to increase the pictures, as they will be helpful in maintaining the visual record of infinite events that have been held and will continue to be held,specially those of Convocation and varoious other educational and sports events.

  39. tariq mangi says:
    December 2nd, 2007 1:59 pm

    Ali Ahmad Rashidee in his book “Uhe Deenh Uhe Sheenh” has written an incident , how it became possible to shift Sindh University Campus from Hyderabad City to Jamshoro, (though it indirectly benefitted Pir Sb’s family) Qazi Sahab also wrote a letter to Quid-i-Azam, urging him not to involve the students in the politics, opposing the formation of Muslim Student Organisation, Faiz Mohammad Faiz had A strange secret about Amaan(Mother) Elsa and Qazi Sahabs’s merital relationship, They once had an argument that sex is no way the love..they agreed..and did’t had it for next about 25 years.. starnge people.. some more some other day

  40. Shafique Rahman Khooharo says:
    May 23rd, 2008 12:36 pm

    I am not finding words to express my feelings of respect to Allama I.I Kazi. He is such noble person in the history…He contributed alot for Sindh University….

    If u have list of Books he and elsa kazi wroted, plz update those im really in search of his literature.

  41. Shafique Rahman Khooharo says:
    May 23rd, 2008 12:40 pm

    Plz upload the list of Books written by Allama I.I Kazi and Elsa Kazi… and write down the sources, where we can get those books.

  42. August 25th, 2008 4:34 pm

    This was a very nice and detailed biography of the great thinker of Sindh. People have indeed forgotten all his thought. I remember reading his book “Casual Peeps at Sphia” and “A brown Girl in Search of God” I still describe the story of the brown girl to my tourists who come to Pakistan and also mention his ideas about Books and graveyards where he says that people should pay just as much or more respect to libraries as they do to the graveyards for in grave yards its Just the dust while in libraries are his thoughts. Also I remember his etymology of the word Ar (Meaning plough) the words in Sindhi Har, in italian Aratro and frech araro in English Arable land and other words in Urdu Hara, hari Kirshna, Harvest

    I have learnt a lot from Him I pray for his should and also Mother Elsa Qazi her poen Neem tree and the translation of Shah Jo Risalo is just splended.

    Jamal Panhwar
    http://www.travel-culture.com

  43. Sarfaraz Abbasi says:
    May 3rd, 2009 12:34 pm

    This is awsome peice of information. I always wanted to learn the causes of death. It gives me immense depth of life of I.I. Kazi.

    I have always been fascinated by international, regional, as well as local personalities, from George Washington to Nelson Mandela, and from Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to Late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and from Golda Meir to Late Benazir Bhutto. They have left a margine in their life, for the sake of us people, to learn from it.

    Remember! If you find someone’s theories, ideas and inclination, quite baseless and stupid, then you’re committing a great mistake of your life. Martin Luther’s “I have dream” has proven true after around 4 decades, then it might have seemed to majority as just a dream. BUT Look at the dream from today’s perspective-view.

    But it has almost become known to me, that spawning of such legendary people, has stopped, since long ago, a few have the guts to enlighten the states like Pakistan, Afghanistan, yet the great forces are making it harder for them to achieve.

    In my view, had Musharraf Pervez not been an Army General, and would have come through political means, to power, HE did have the vision to bring the country out of dispair, anxioty and misery. He could really have turned the country into moderate state like that of Turkey, which was his prime vision. It is other thing, that some of his policies were unmatching to different parts of country, however he does have the vision, and he had the power then to implement them.

    Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Engineering student
    Karachi, Sindh Pakistan

  44. MARIUM says:
    June 23rd, 2009 1:22 pm

    Hello
    My name is Marium and I have always had a deep love for Pakistan. I am also from Germany,living in the United States now.
    I am looking for a Book about the personal Life of Elsa Kazi and her faithful loyal Love for her dear Husband.
    Are there any Books available about that?
    Thank you so very much.
    marium

  45. July 12th, 2009 9:15 am

    Thanks for your kind interest, Mariam. Unfortunately she wrote more than was written on her. Some of her personal life canbe seen in my uncle’s autobiography: Journey through Judiciary by Justice Mushtak Ali Kazi who also wrote a biography of Allama I I Kazi, which of course would be incomplete without substantial mention of her. I remember the day when a young lady (a retired professor now) came to my grandfather as she was writing a thessis on the Life and Works of Elsa Kazi for her doctorate. She complained that very little was published about her personal life. In the intervening nearly half a century I am sure many more theses would have been approved but for some odd reason nobody publishes anything in these parts.

    But as they say “A picture says more than a thousand words” so do read this letter on my pictures website here, which shows how my great-uncle was heartbroken on her death. You can see other pictures there too:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pimu/2724083993/

  46. Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi says:
    August 12th, 2009 1:00 am

    You may also find this letter uploaded recently quite interesting:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pimu/3779901195/

  47. Owais Mughal says:
    August 13th, 2009 8:38 pm

    Photos and text of the post are restored today. Special thanks Dr. Ghulam Nabi Kazi as all photos of this post are his courtesy.

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