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Real Personalities of Bikaner

Late Mohd. Usman Arif
Former Governor
Uttar Pradesh.

Born on 5th of April 1923 Shri Mohammed Usman Arif, was a born legend on the land of Bikaner. Son of Haji Mohammed Abdullah Bedil, Mohd. Arif did his graduation from Dungar College, Bikaner. Then he joined Alligarh Muslim University from where he got his Master's Degree and did his L.L.B. from the same University. In 1946 he was accompanied by Shrimati Bhuri Begum, to whom he is married. He has always been in front runners for promotion of command harmony, secularism and national integration. He has organized public meetings and Mushairas for propagating programme and policies of national interest on National Days and festivals in particular. He has participated in All India Musharaias organized by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Rajasthan Sahitya Academy And Rajasthan Anjuman-e-Taraqqui-e-Urdu. He started his political career successfully when he became President of 'A' Block Bikaner City Congress Committee, then he was appointed Member of General Body of All India Anjuman-e-Taraqqi-e-Urdu and then Vice President, Rajasthan Congress Committee.
From the time of Congress split, he was nominated Chairman of House Committee of Rajya Sabha in May-1976 and was re-nominated in June-1977. After this he became incharge of Rajasthan Assembly Elections in 1980 and was also acting P.C.C. President. He had remained member of Advisory Body of Nakhlistan (an Urdu Magazine of Rajasthan Sahitya Academy). Remained member of Rajasthan Board of Muslim Waqfs since 1961, Central Waqf Council since 1976. He was member of Rajasthan Sahitya Academy, Udaipur since 1966, and of Executive Committee Adult Education Center Bikaner from 1966 to 1970. He contributed a lot in religious sphere of life. He was chosen to be a part of Rajasthan State Haj Committee, Bikaner from1966 to 1970. Also joined P.C.C. in 1967 and simultaneously contributed his services as member of Bikaner D.C.C. He then became member of Public Accounts Committee from 1974 to 1976 and A.I.C.C. Deputy Whip of Congress Party in Rajya Sabha upto June 1977 and was appointed Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Works and Housing from 1980 to 1982. He became Deputy Minister in Ministry of Agriculture and civil Supply from 1982 to 1983. From 1983 to 1984 he was again appointed Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Works and Housing. He was re-elected to Rajya Sabha in April 1976 and again April 1982. He added to his spree of achievements by becoming Vice- President, Parliamentarian Urdu Committee and Vice-President All India Anjuman Danishwaran, New Delhi. He took the oath as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh on March 31, 1985. He had been at the echelon up to February 11, 1990.

Proclaiming all these accolades he not only became prodigy but made Bikanerites feel proud. In 1971 he visited New York as a member of Indian Delegation to 26th session of U.N. Genral Assembly. Went to Saudi Arabia twice as a member of Indian Delegation for Haj. Participated on 1974 in Baghdad in 11th Council Session of A.A.P.S.O. He went to Moscow in 1974 and Saudi Arabia in 1984 as Leader of Goodwill Mission Haj Delegation.
Bikaner has proud on the legend and will always follow the message given by him on humanism, national integration, unity and patriotism.


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