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'Colours of Mrs. Salma Ansari's Rainbow' shower AMU

Thursday March 17, 2011 11:25:41 PM, Special Correspondent

Mrs. Salma Ansari (second from left) after the release of her book "Colours of My Rainbow" at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) March 17

Aligarh: 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 marginalized people.


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 deprivation.


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 screened.








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Picture of the Day

President of India Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil addressing at the inauguration of the National Festival of Tribal Dances, ‘PRAKRITI’, in New Delhi on March 16, 2011. Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Culture, Kum. Selja, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Kantilal Bhuria and Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Mahadev S. Khandela are also seen.

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