Photographs

 

Historical photographs from the archives. 

 

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Professor Syed Hasan Askari  (c. 1945)

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Professor Syed Hasan Askari & Mrs. Umme Salma Fatma Askari

 (Late 1940s)

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Prof. Askari sitting 1930s DF 1 17 2020.

Professor Syed Hasan Askari  (Late 1940s)

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Professor Syed Hasan Askari in a historical group photograph, sitting 11th from the left in the front row with Chief Guest. (c. 1950)

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Professor Syed Hasan Askari  (5th from right in the second row from top) in a historical group photograph with Maharaja, Chief Minister, dignitaries and academics, attending 31st Session of Indian Historical Records Commission in Mysore, India (January 1955).

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Professor Syed Hasan Askari (1st from left) with Dr. Zakir Husain (middle), the then Governor of Bihar in an exhibition of Manuscripts and Records organized at Patna, Bihar, India in 1961.

Dr. Zakir Husain was the 3rd President of India from 1967 until his death in 1969. An educator and intellectual also; Dr. Husain was the country's first Muslim president. 

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Invitation letter by the late Shah of Iran to Professor Syed Hasan Askari and his wife Mrs. Salma Askari to attend the 2500th year of Persian Monarchy in 1971. Professor Askari could not attend the respective event due to illness.

The 2,500 year celebration of the Persian Empire officially known as The 2,500th year of Foundation of Imperial State of Iran, consisted of an elaborate set of festivities that took place on 12–20 October 1971 on the occasion of the 2,500th anniversary of the founding of the Imperial State of Iran and Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great. The intent of the celebration was to demonstrate Iran's old civilization and history to showcase its contemporary advancements under the Shah of Iran.

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Professor Syed Hasan Askari (1st from right) receiving Mirza Ghalib Award 1974 in recognition of his outstanding literary research work from His Excellency, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad, the then President of India, in 1975.

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (13 May 1905 – 11 February 1977) was the fifth President of India from 1974 to 1977.​

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Mirza Ghalib Award 1974 presented to Professor Syed Hasan Askari  from Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad, the then President of India, in 1975.


***Professor Syed Hasan Askari was presented "Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad GHALIB Award 1974" in 1975 in recognition of his outstanding literary research work by the then President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad and attested by Her Excellency, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India who was also the President of Ghalib Institute at that time.

***Recipients of 1974 Ghalib Award
1. Prof. Syed Hasan Askari (Research)
2. Ismat Chughtai (Urdu Drama)
3. Janab Jamil Mazhari (Urdu Poetry)
4. Prof. Kanhayya Lal Kapoor (Urdu Prose)

***Ghalib born as Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan on 27 December 1797 – died 15 February 1869),was a prominent Urdu and Persian-language poet during the last years of the Mughal Empire. He used his pen-names of Ghalib and Asad. His honorific was Dabir-ul-Mulk, Najm-ud-Daula. Most notably, he wrote several ghazals during his life, which have since been interpreted and sung in many different ways by different people. Ghalib, the last great poet of the Mughal Era, is considered to be one of the most popular and influential poets of the Urdu language. Today Ghalib remains popular not only in India and Pakistan but also among the Hindustani diaspora around the world.

***Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (13 May 1905 – 11 February 1977) was the fifth President of India from 1974 to 1977 and also the 2nd President of India to die in office.

***Indira Gandhi (19 November 1917 – 31 October 1984) was the first female Prime Minister of India, a key 20th century stateswoman, and central figure of the Indian National Congress party. Indira Gandhi, who served from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until 1984, is the second longest serving Prime Minister of India and the only woman to hold the office. Indira Gandhi was the only child of the first Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. 

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Professor Syed Hasan Askari (1st from right) receiving Certificate Of Honor in recognition of his outstanding literary contribution and expertise in Persian literature from His Excellency Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, the then President of India (1979).

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy  (19 May 1913 – 1 June 1996) was the sixth President of India, serving from 1977 to 1982. Mr Reddy hold several key offices; the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, a two-time Speaker of the Lok Sabha and a Union Minister, before becoming the youngest-ever Indian president in 1977.

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Professor Syed Hasan Askari (sitting 1st from left) with Sri Morarji Desai (Prime Minister of India), Sri Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy (President of India) and Sri Pratap Chandra Chunder (Education Minister, Govt. of India) in 1979.

Morarji Ranchhodji Desai (29 February 1896 – 10 April 1995)  served as the 4th Prime Minister of India between 1977 and 1979. Mr. Desai held many important posts in government such as: Chief Minister of Bombay State, Home Minister, Finance Minister and 2nd Deputy Prime Minister of India. 

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy  (19 May 1913 – 1 June 1996) was the sixth President of India, serving from 1977 to 1982. Mr Reddy hold several key offices; the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, a two-time Speaker of the Lok Sabha and a Union Minister, before becoming the youngest-ever Indian president in 1977.

Pratap Chandra Chunder (1 September 1919 – 1 January 2008) served as a cabinet minister with education and social welfare portfolios from 1977 to 1980 .

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Professor Syed Hasan Askari delivering the historic lectures on

1. The Synthesizing Role of the Muslim Poets of Hindi.

2. Sufism and Hinduism Interaction Between the two.

3. The City of Patna – Etymology of Place-Names.

at KPJRI, Patna, India (November 27th - 29th, 1983). 

Professor Askari’s lectures were documented and published under the title of “Aspects of the Cultural History of Medieval Bihar by Professor Syed Hasan Askari” by K.P. Jayaswal Research Institute in 1984. The K. P. Jayaswal Research Institute: The K. P. Jayaswal Research Institute in Patna was established by the Government of Bihar in 1950 with the object of promoting "historical research, archaeological excavation and investigations and publication of works of permanent value to scholars". The institute has been led by reputed scholars such as A.S. Altekar, K.K. Dutta, S. H. Askari, B.P. Sinha, A.L. Thakur, J.S. Jha, P.N. Ojha,, J.C. Jha , Dr. J.Pandey and  Dr. Bijoy Kumar Chaudhary who is the current director. (http://kpjri.res.in/directors/)

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Professor Syed Hasan Askari (left) receiving "Padma Shri” in recognition of his distinguished contribution to Education & Literature from His Excellency Gyani Zail Singh, the then President of India (1985).

***Padma Shri (also Padmashree) is one of the highest civilian awards in the Republic of India. Awarded by the Government of India, it is announced every year on India's Republic Day.

***Gyani Zail Singh (5 May 1916 – 25 December 1994) was the seventh President of India, serving from 1982 to 1987. He was the first Sikh to hold the coveted office. In 1982 he was unanimously nominated to serve as the President. He took the oath of office on 25 July 1982. Prior to his presidency, he was a politician with the Indian National Congress party, and had held several ministerial posts in the Union Cabinet, including that of Home Minister. Zail Singh was also elected as a Congress Chief Minister of Punjab in 1972.

Prof. Askari Khan Sahib Master Slide 194

Professor Syed Hasan Askari was awarded the title of "Khan Saheb" by the British Indian Government in 1943. According to various sources, there were some communal/student disturbances in 1942 and the University Senate was likely to be burnt. Prof. Askari offered himself as member of faculty to guard this building along with law enforcement officials and remained in the Patna University for three continuous days. There was no report of loss of life and destruction of building.  

Khan Sahib is a formal title of respect and honour, which was conferred exclusively by the office of The Viceroy and Governor General of India on MuslimParsiIrani, and Jewish subjects of the British Indian Empire.

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Professor Syed Hasan Askari reviewing historical documents, books and manuscripts at his specific desk in Khuda Bakhsh Library. (Circa 1970s).

 

This photograph of Prof. Askari (in a nice wooden portrait frame), has been on the desk of the Director of Khuda Bakhsh Library for more than 25 years. Special thanks to Dr. Shayesta Bedar, Director Khuda Bakhsh Library, Patna, India for forwarding this photograph to Professor Syed Hasan Askari Historiography Project, Los Angeles, USA.

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Magadh University, Bihar, conferred  the degree of D. LITT (HONORIS CAUSA) on 19th January 1969.

This is to certify that Professor Syed Hasan Askari has been conferred with the degree of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) today that is 29. Pausa (Hindi month) 1890 (Saka year). It corresponds to 19th January 1969.

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