: राफ़िक़ ज़कारिया; April 5, 1920, Nala Sopara
— July 9, 2005, Mumbai
) was an Indian
politician and Islamic
scholar and father of well known Indian-American journalist Fareed Zakaria
and former Merrill Lynch investment banking head Arshad Zakaria. He was closely associated with India's freedom movement
and the Indian National Congress
Zakaria, a Kokani Muslim
, spent over 25 years in public service, including years as a cabinet minister in the union state of Maharashtra
, and later as a Member of the Indian parliament, serving as Deputy Leader of the Congress Party under Indira Gandhi
. He was a moderate Muslim. Zakaria represented India in many countries and also at the United Nations
in 1965, 1990 and 1996.
Zakaria founded a number of schools and colleges in his political constituency, Aurangabad
, including a women's college of arts and sciences and the Indian Institute of Hotel Management now known as the Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad (IHM-A). The Maulana Azad Education Trust Aurangabad
is a mini university in itself. He was Chancellor of the Jamia Urdu, Aligarh (U.P.) and President of Maharashtra College in Mumbai.
Education & Professional Life
He was an alumnus of Ismail Yusuf College Mumbai
. Zakaria had won the Chancellor's Gold Medal in the MA
examination of University of Mumbai
formerly known as Bombay University
and received a Ph.D.
degree from the University......