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Ace scholar Dr. Omar Khalidi dies in an accident

Tuesday November 30, 2010 05:36:03 PM, Staff Reporter

Malegaon: Dr. Omar Khalidi, a great scholar and the man, who articulated the voice of the Indian Muslims during some of their darkest hours, died in an accident November 29.


He died at 11:15 AM, November 29, in Boston at the age of 57.


Dr. Khalidi had worked at Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) there for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Nigar Khalidi, and daughter, Aliya, but hundreds of thousands of admirers at home and abroad also mourn his passing.


Family sources informed from Boston that Dr Khalidi was driving in his car to MIT and was probably trying to catch a train to buy medicine at the next station when he was hit by a train.


"He was a diabetic, and it seems his sugar level had reached abnormal levels", sources said.


His family did not know about the doctor’s death until after 7 p.m.


“When he did not reach home, we called up police, and that is when we heard the bad news,” the family said.


Dr. Khalidi was a prolific writer and a champion of human rights for minorities. He authored several books on Indian Muslims including historic and pathbreaking book 'KHAKI AND ETHNIC VIOLENCE IN INDIA: Armed Forces, Police and Paramilitary During Communal Riots.'


He was known for his commitment to the cause of justice and fairness for Indian Muslims.


He was born in Hyderabad and was the son of Professor Abu Nasr Khalidi, a well known scholar of Arabic and Islamic studies.

He had also served in the past as the regional vice president of AFMI.


Before his sudden death he was working at MIT.

Meanwhile, condolence messages are pouring in from different circles. The American Federation of Muslims of Indian origin (AFMI) in its condolence message expressed its deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Omar Khalidi who passed away in an car accident in Boston on November 29. He survived by his wife and a daughter.





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