Bilkis Dadi of Shaheen Bagh and Harsh Mandar to be feted in Chennai  

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By Syed Ali Mujtaba, Copy Edited By Humra Kidwai, TIO: Chennai: The Quaid Millat Award for Honesty in Politics / Public Life 2020 will be shared by Karavane Mohabbat, an organization led by Harsh Mandar a former I.A.S. Officer and the 82-year lady, Bilkis Dadi, who led the protest against the CAA / NRC at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi.

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Karavane-E- Mohabbat provides legal protection to the affected people facing atrocities and injustices. Many leading social activists, former government officials, judges, senior lawyers, educators, police and security officials, higher officials, members of the defense services, people of minority and Dalit community are helped by Karavane Mohabbat. The motivating force behind Karavane Mohabba is former I.A.S. officer, Harsh Mandar, who resigned from his job in protest of the Gujarat riots in the year 2002.

Harsh Mandar, IAS, Civil right activist

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Bilkis Dadi, an 82-year-old protestor from Delhi is a simple, poor lady who was at the forefront of the nationwide women protest against CAA/ NRC. The Times Magazine has recently honored Bilkis Dadi, as the 100 most powerful people worldwide.

“It was a very difficult choice to make, as this year many strong candidates and organizations were nominated for the award,” said M. G. Dawood Miyakhan, General Secretary, Quaid Millat Education, and Community Foundation, in an exclusive interview.

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Mr. Khan briefed that the selection committee comprising of Moosa Raza, IAS, Dr. Vasanti Devi, Vice-Chancellor Professor A. Marx, Chairperson of NCHRO, Bishop Devasakiam, Samuel Devasahayam, diocese of Church of South India, R. Vijay Shankar, Editor Frontline and A.S. Panneerselvan Resident Editor, The Hindu. He thanked the members for selecting these two after many reviews, for the prestigious award.

N. Ram, Chairman, The Hindu

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This year Advocate Prashant Bhusan was the hot contestant for the award, but Bilkis Dadi piped him due to her age, Dawood Miyakhan said.

“A Cheque and Certificate of Appreciation will be given to these two recipients in the coming months,” Mr. Khan concluded.

The Quaid E Millat Award for Honesty in Politics / Public Life is given to community leaders who are fighting injustices and atrocities in the country. Every year an eminent personality is recognized through this award.

Gopalkrishna Devdas Gandhi, Grandson Of Mahatma Gandhi is an Indian Politician. He is a former IAS officer, Diplomat, and served as the 23rd Governor of West Bengal.

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The Quaid Millat Award for Honesty in Politics / Public Life is given every year since 2015. The former awardees include many social activists and torchbearers of freedom and liberty. They are; A.G Norani, Aruna Rai, Teesta Setalvad, Thol. Thirumavalavan, Syed Shahabuddin, Manik Sarkar, R. Nallakannu, N. Sankaraiah, etc.

Gopal Krishan Gandhi, former Governor of West Bengal and N. Ram Managing-Director of The Hindu has given this award.

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Syed Ali Mujtaba

Syed Ali Mujtaba

Syed Ali Mujtaba is a Sr.Journalist, Author based in Chennai, India. Writes frequently for the USA based News Portal, TheIndiaObserver. He is author of the book Soundings on South Asia, New Dawn Press (2005). He can be reached at or TIO, at

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