A stalwart tribal leader Chowdhary Mohammad Hussain, who was former Minister and five-time MLA from Darhal Rajouri was on Wednesday remembered by the Gujjar community on his 18th death anniversary.
The commemoration meeting was organised by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation and held under the presidentship of noted Gujjar researcher Dr Javaid Rahi. The meeting was organized to recall the contributions of the former legislature and tribal reformer towards tribal communities.
In his presidential address, Dr Javaid Rahi said that Chowdhary Mohammad Hussain was a leader of masses who spent his whole life for the reformation of tribal and other downtrodden communities of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Chowdhary Mohammad Hussain has also played a key role in the development of Gojri language and culture in Jammu and Kashmir. Late Hussain introduced a bill in State Assembly for the inclusion of Gojri in the 6th Scheduled of Constitution of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir which was later passed by the assembly in the early 70s,” Dr Rahi said.
Dr Rahi said that late Chowdhary Mohammad Hussain was a man of many qualities as he was very humble, tolerant and soft-spoken.
Born in 1929 in Rajouri, late Chowdhary Mohammad Hussain also served as Block Development Officer from 1957 to 1967 and later joined politics and was elected as MLA for 5 times from Darhal, Rajouri. As a minister he headed the revenue, relief and rehabilitation, rural development and Panchayati Raj cooperatives departments etc. He died on 30 September 2002 at the age of 73.
His younger son Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali also represents Darhal (Vidhan Sabha) in 11th and 12th Assemblies and was a cabinet minister in the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti Governments.
His grandsons Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, who is the first IAS from Gujjar community is now serving as Deputy Commissioner Srinagar and Zaffar Choudhary is a noted journalist and policy analyst of India.
“The contributions of Ch Hussain for Gujjar community will be remembered for all times to come,” Rahi added.