Tribute to my GRANDFATHER

He worked for the welfare of his people



I didn’t see him when he was alive. Whatever I know of him is through my father and my maternal grandfather and of course, his supporters across south Kashmir. And something inside me provokes me to write about him. My grandfather Mr Ghulam Ahmad Mir was born on May 1910 at Sallar to Ghulam Mohiuddin Mir, then Zaildar-e-Sallar. He enjoyed a satisfying yet challenging childhood as he was declared the zaildar-e –sallar at a tender age after his father passed away. Entering politics at a very young age he envisaged prosperity for the people of his area. Back in his days Sallar and the adjoining areas were hit by a disease to the almond trees, he introduced apple farming as an alternative to the almonds.
Ghulam Ahmad became a close associate of Sheikh Abdullah and later a member of the Constituent Assembly, lost over 3000 kanals of land in the land reforms. Former MLA and MLC of Pahalgam, a known pious personality he was handpicked by Indira Gandhi and joined Congress during inception of his political career. He was nominated as MLC by congress party. Later on he developed differences with the party high command and joined Jammu & Kashmir National Conference.
He had a wide political circle irrespective of party lines and was a great host. He hosted parties to his guests from Srinagar. He was great host. A langar in his house used to be open for all. No one was allowed to leave without having a meal. He suggested eco friendly method of electricity generation in Pahalgam which took shape in 2005 as mini hydro power plant. He took personal interest in the Club of Pahalgam. For Medical services he insisted 1950s that a Sub District Hospital be made not only in Pahalgam but in Bijbehara town too. He remain connected with his people and never showed his back in turmoil.
For the people of Pahalgam he was the final court as he used to suggest them ways of reconciliation. His word was held important in any decision making in the area.
He imbibed in himself traits of Sufism. He was the manager of all mosques in his area especially the heritage Jama Masjid of which his father built in 1932 in Pahalgam and still stands tall today.
Despite his busy schedule he never ignored his family. Unfortunately he lost his son at a young age who was then a judge of J&K high court, and his grandchildren in a tragic cloud burst in Pahalgam. He was very much attached to his grandson and used to take him along in his political meetings, that day also he wanted to take him but in view of his exams he didn’t and the accident happened. He was so much pained that he never visited that property ever after. Today at the age of 80 my grandfather’s brother who resembles him speaks to me about incidents of his bravery and vision. The way he stood up for a cause I wish I ever saw him. All I know is that he prayed for a grandson and wanted him to be a lawyer that’s what I am doing, realizing his dream and taking ahead his vision.
Mir died on November 1 in 1991 after being in active politics for years.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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