Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt along with daughter Pooja Bhatt was seen in New Delhi at an event to release a re-print of Sir Syed’s book, Asbab-e-Baghawate-e-Hind on Monday. And according to reports, a large number of people signed a memorandum demanding the Bharat Ratna for Sir Syed, editor of the Aligarh Movement magazine Jasim Mohammed.
Sharing his thoughts on the same, Mahesh Bhatt said that Sir Syed was a “shining jewel” who had made tremendous contribution to the society and education. What’s more, on the occasion of releasing the book the filmmaker agreed to the thought of giving a Bharat Ratna to the late AMU founder.
Meanwhile, his daughter and actress-producer Pooja Bhatt too supported the idea. Pooja said that Sir Syed’s Aligarh Movement “was designed to build self-confidence among Muslims and lead the community towards a more progressive future”.
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was a teacher, politician and social reformer. He was the founder of the Muhammadan Anglo Oriental school in Aligarh which later became Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).