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Prof. K. A. Siddique Hassan (5 May 1945 - 6 April 2021) was a visionary leader, profound scholar and well-wisher of marginalised communities in India. He worked tirelessly for the downtrodden throughout his life and will be remembered as one of the change-makers of the country.
Siddique Hassan lived a life with a mission of enhancing and empowering both his organisation and the larger society with enduring guidance and humility. He held various positions throughout his career, including Chairman, Ideal Publication Trust; President, Jamaat e Islami Hind Kerala Chapter; Vice President, Jamaat e Islami Hind, and Founding General Secretary of the Human Welfare Foundation.
He spent a great deal of time contemplating the marginalised condition of Muslims in India and how empowerment can be achieved with the active participation of their fellow compatriots. Thus the motto of his mission can be read as ‘Creating Partnership with the Needy”. His personal and organisational activities are a testament to his commitment to the educationally and economically backward people in the country. He was facilitated with the first Ebrahim Sulaiman Sait Sahib Foundation Award, Imam Haddad Excellence Award and Kamala Surayya Award for his incredible services.
The Human Welfare Foundation, with several distinguished and experienced community leaders on its board of trustees, acts as an umbrella body for implementing programmes under its flagship project 'Vision 2026'. Started in 2006 as a ten-year long action plan titled 'Vision 2016’ in the backdrop of the Sachar Committee Report on Muslim Backwardness, this project has been extended for ten more years and renamed 'Vision 2026'. It has not only redefined the domain of charitable works by integrating professional ideals, but also inspired others to follow suit. With the enduring leadership and guidance of its founder Siddique Hassan, the Foundation gradually initiated various organisations to undertake focused and specialised activities in Education (Centre for Training and Academic Guidance), Healthcare (Medical Service Society), Economic Development (Grameen Dosti), Women Empowerment (The Women Education and Empowerment Trust), Skill Development (Innovation and Skill Training Centre), Social Welfare (Orphan Care), Community Development (Model Village Trust/ Nagarik Vikas Kendra), Disaster Management (Society for Bright Future), Micro-Finance (Sahulat) and Civil rights Protection (Association for Protection of Civil Rights). Hence, the HWF projects address eleven of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In the arena of Media Management, his endeavours shed light on various initiatives by creating a space for articulations of the country's most marginalised people. Being associated with a number of publication and broadcasting firms, he strived to design, establish and sustain Media projects such as Madhyamam Daily, Meantime News Magazine, Media One Channel etc. He formulated a pioneering framework of accessible and equitable education from primary level to higher level including research. His vision for academic excellence contributed to the genesis and dissemination of various institutions, including the Centre for Information and Guidance India (CIGI), Safi Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS), The Scholar Schools etc.
Siddique Hassan relentlessly made efforts to maintain peaceful and harmonious life among diverse sections of the country. His active engagement in the resolution of 2003 Marad Violence received much appreciation from civil society. He kept earnest relations with people from all walks of life and encouraged them to contribute their part to the wellbeing of the downtrodden. Hence, he received their active cooperation and support in all visionary endeavors he put forward.
His vision and work made a substantial impact on the institutions he built, and it brought transformation in the lives of people in need through its interventions. Hence, we believe that summarizing the life and works of this visionary leader needs more extensive deliberation and documentation.