Mrs. Salma Ansari (second from
left) after the release of her book "Colours of My Rainbow" at
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) March 17
How could children playing and searching food on a mound of
rubbish be persuaded to join a school? This is eloquently answered
in a deeply affecting chronicle of educational activities of Mrs.
Salma Ansari, wife of Vice President of India, titled "Colours of
My Rainbow” released today by Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis, Vice
Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University at Kennedy Hall.
The Book written by Himani Verma gives a vivid account of an
enthralling journey of hope through education undertaken by a
distinguished AMU alumna, Salma Ansari, wife of Hon’ble Vice
President of India.
Releasing the book, Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis lauded the efforts of
Mrs. Salma Ansari who has been striving for spreading education
among the most deprived section of the society.
He said Mrs. Salma Ansari has been
strengthening the legacy of Sir Syed with a strong sense of
devotion. She made it a point to visit the stinky narrow lanes and
by lanes of Aligarh slum to persuade the deprived inhabitants to
send their children to the school which she had set up especially
for the downtrodden and by dint of untiring efforts of she got
success and her school has enkindled a new hope in the
Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis said that the
education is the panacea for all ills and Mrs. Salma Ansari and
her associates have successfully driven the point home.
Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Salma Ansari who has a life long
association with AMU, said that she joined AMU riding club and she
found horse riding much more than a recreational activity. Horse
took her to the places where abject poverty, deprivation and
denial was the order and the lanes resembled horror movies that
neither had a formal beginning nor an end.
“I instantly decided to devote my
life for the educational uplift of the marginalized section”,
added Mrs. Ansari.
Himani Verma, the author of the book “Colours of My Rainbow” which
was released today in the fully packed Kennedy Auditorium, said
that her close association with Mrs. Salma Ansari prompted her to
record her untiring efforts for ushering in a better world for
those who lack opportunity and hence lead a life of complete
The author said that she was greatly
moved by the real life tales of the students who get free
education at Al-Noor School.
Khwaja Shahid, President, Old Boys’ Association, Delhi asked the
students to emulate the missionary zeal of Mrs. Salma Ansari who
has undertaken a task of empowering people who needed the most.
Highlighting the salient features of the book, Prof. N. A. K.
Durrani, Media Advisor said that the book gives a lucid account of
Mrs. Salma Ansari’s worth admiring activities the author has
fashioned strong narrative with a forceful message. Dr. Shakeel
Samdani conducted the programme.
Earlier, a documentary made on Al-Noor Charity schools titled, “Ek
Jumbish Khamosh Si”, directed by Mustajab Malick was also