Jamia ka Tarana

Jamia ka Tarana

Oct 4, 2008

One more personality passed away.....

Dear All,

Death of Meenai saheb came to me as a shock.
I met him only once or twice in JMI, however my father was very close to him as Meenai saheb was close associate of Professor Mujeeb (EX VC JMI).
I know Zubair Meenai his son, personally as we both active cadets of JMI NCC.
I express my deep condolence to Zubair Bhai & Family at demise of Professor Meenai.
Following is an obituary written by Ghizal mehdi, Close friend of Zubair Meenai.

Zamana bade shauq se sun raha tha
Hum hi so gaye dasstaN kehte kehte

Mohammed Naziruddin Menai, retired Professor in the Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia, passed away peacefully in his sleep on 28th September 2008 at the ripe age of 81 years. Professor Menai joined the Jamia Millia Islamia in 1957, quitting a well-paid `gazetted' job with the Government of Rajasthan for the Jamia mission. Professor Menai, a contemporary of late Vice chancellor Prof M Mujeeb and his close friend, was part of the initial building up of the institution, setting up many offices and systems in the university. He was the founder and former Head of the Political Science Department of the Jamia. Professor Menai was one of the last breeds of committed Jamaiees who passionately believed in the principals of secularism and nationalism. His commitment towards his students was legendary. He was the Secretary and President of the Jamia Teachers Association and played an important role in the teacher politics in the university.

Professor Menai closely worked with Mrs Subhadra Joshi in 'Citizens for Democracy for Communal Harmony'. He was a towering personality on the campus and was a regular theatre activist, being part of the Naya Theatre launched by renowned theater personality, Habib Tanvir and was in the original cast of several of his plays. He along with his close friend, late Professor Iqbal Mahdi, was also a founder of Progressive Writers' Association in Jamia. Professor Menai was a popular and much loved figure on the campus by all sections of the university including the teachers, administrative staff and karamcharis. He was a gentle and considerate humanitarian and impressed one and all with his demeanor. He is survived by his wife and four children – Mrs Ghazala Meenai, Mrs Tasneem Meenai, Mrs Sheeba Meenai and Professor Zubair Meenai.

Date of Birth: 01 January 1928
Lecturer Political Science at the Jamia Rural Institute: 24.10.1957
Reader, Political Science: 08.08.1970
Professor, Political Science: January 1983
Offg Registrar: 5.10.1985 to 5.7.1987
Retired on 31.12.1987
Expired: 28.09.2008


  1. Jo likhna hai likh do yar, yadon ko qalamband karte chalo, aane wali nasl kaisee hogee, kya karegee, kaun jane. Ab wo nasl khatm ho rahee hai jis se Profesor Meenai Sb ka ta-aluq tha, Unke inteqal ke ek hafte bad hee Professor Mueenuddin Sb ka intiqal ho gaya. Professor Mueenuddin Sb aur Professor Iqbal Mehdi Sb marhoom bare gehre dost the, donon Faculty of Education mein the. Inhee ke saath hote the Profesor Aaqil Sb, jo shaed Jamia ke aakhri life members mein se the. Unkee zindagee bhee in Donon ke saath mazdooron aur dabe-kuchle awam ke huqooq ka difa karne mein guzar gayee. teenon communist party ke sarkarda rukn rahe aur mazbooti se lal jhande ko baland kiye rahe. Professor Aqil ne Sahanranpur kee apni tamam kee tamam property Jamia ko de dee thee aur khud Jamia ke ek kamre mein rehte rahe, hamesha paidal chalte the. baqi bache hain ab, Professor Rehmat Ali (America mein rehte hain), Professor Wali Bakhsh Qadri aur Professor Mujeeb Rizvi. Allah se dua hai ke inko sehetmand rakhe aur unka saya salamat rahe. Ghizal Mahdi

  2. Upload the obituory of Professor Mueenuddin Sb


Jamia ka tarana (english)

This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams
This is where men with zeal stayed
Men who answered the leaders' call
It is here that torn-off love
Found the cohesive chords
It is here that wayward passions
Formed into frenzied love
It is here that the wild tulip learnt
How to make the scar of heart aglow
This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams
This is the place of men of vision
And of those with a challenging thought
Every morning here is new
And every evening newer still
Different is this tavern
And different are its norms
Different are the dancing cups
And different is their dance
Here drinking begets thirst a new
And different is this tavern's call
This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams
Here, conscience is the beacon light
And conscience is the guide
Here is the Mecca of heart resides the guiding faith
Ceaseless movement is our faith
And blasphemy it is to stay still
Here, the destined goal is the march on and on
Here, the swimming urge seeks
Newer and newer storms
Restless wave itself is our resurrected shore

Translated by: Prof. M. Zakir