Doru Shahabad

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Doru Shahabad
Doru Shahabad is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Doru Shahabad
Doru Shahabad
Location in Anantnag, India
Coordinates: 33°26′N 75°05′E / 33.43°N 75.09°E / 33.43; 75.09Coordinates: 33°26′N 75°05′E / 33.43°N 75.09°E / 33.43; 75.09
Country  India
State Jammu and Kashmir
District Anantnag
Population (2011)
 • Total 199,429
Languages
 • Official Kashmiri
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration JK03

Doru Shahabad (also written as Dooru Shahabad or only Doru) is a town and a notified area committee in Anantnag district of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir.It is also known as historical township in South Kashmir's Anantnag district

This small township has been home to several notable personalities of Kashmiri history, Kashmiri Literature, Art and Culture. Famous Kashmiri poets, such as Rasool Mir (known as the John Keats of Kashmir), Mehmood Gami or Mahmud Gami (Jaami of Kashmir), Hamidullah Shahabadi, Asad Mir, Peer Mushkoor, Ghulam Ahmad Wani (Amam Thoker) and many others originated in Doru Shahabad.Doru is also inhabited by some present day heirs of Kashmiri poetry namely S.M. Maqbool Fayiz, Yasir Kashmiri, A.G. Nisar Shahbadi, Waahid Kashmiri,Figaar Kashmiri, Armaan Shahabadi and the list goes on.

The famous historian of Zainul Aabideen's court, Mullah Mohammad, who translated Rajatarangini from Sanskrit into Persian, was also from Doru Shahabad. Another great historian of Kashmir, Mir Saidullah, the author of Bagh-i-Sulaiman, was from Doru Shahabad as well, as was Syed Mir Qasim, who served as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister from 1971 to 1975.[1] Syed Hussain, the brother of Syed Mir Qasim, who served the state of Jammu and Kashmir in different capacities is still living at Dooru. He has been M.L.A, M. L. C, chairman of the legislative council and executive member of several committees. He has also been member of Indian Rajya Sabha.

A most prominent and nationally renowned theatre professional of Jammu & Kashmir, Bhawani Bashir Yasir (NSD Alumni of 1984-87) established "Maraaz Cultural & Art Centre Shahabad" in 1977, a Regd. cultural society in Shahabad-Doru and after returning from National School of Drama (NSD), he established the first ever theater repertory of J&K - "Kalakaar Repertory Circle", in Dooru-Shahabad Anantang in 1987.[2]

In 2010, a local resident, Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, invented a walnut-cracking machine that won a prize from the Indian government.[3] In 2011 KAS selection list, the state's 2nd topper, Mr. Shafiq Ahmad Wani, also belong to Doru.

The town has Khankah Faiz Panah which has been originally constructed by Hazrat Mir Mohammad Hamadani, the son of Hazrat Ameer-i-Kabeer Mir Syed Ali Hamadani. The other important shrines of the town include Ziyarat Azam Shah, Syed Jaffer Madani, Shah Asraar etc. The older muhallas (settlements) of the town are Arabal, Mirmaidan, Sehpora, Mirgund, Khudhamam, Nadoora, Nathipora etc. and the new colonies like College Road and Iqbal Colony have added up. The well-known Mughal garden Verinag is located nearby at a distance of 4 km from Doru Shahabad. The Hindu tirths (shrines) like Luk Bawan (Lokapunya), Vitasta and Goswanigund are located in vicinity of the town.

The grand parents of religious scholar Sonaullah Mantoo alias Wafayi Amritsari and Asia's famous short story writer Sadat Hassan Mantoo did also hail from the Mantoo Dynasty of Shahabad-Doru, who had migrated to Amritsar from Doru in connection with their shawl business.

The eminent religious scholar Mirwaiz Ghulam Rasool Shah Sahib served the people of this soil for decades upholding the Islamic teachings and the religious enlightenment. Another religious scholar born on this soil was Mufti Ghulam Nabi Shah Sahib who was quite good at 'fiqa', Arabic and Persian grammars besides having fermancy in 'Quran' and 'Hadith'.

'Month: August-Year:2013' a collection of Kashmiri poetry entitled "WANSHAJ" penned by Waahid Kashmiri was made public.

Demographics[edit]

At the 2011 India census,[4] Doru had a population of 199,429. Males constituted 53% of the population and females 47%. Doru had an average literacy rate of 50%, lower than the national average of 59.5%; with 56% of the males and 42% of females literate. 23% of the population was under 6 years of age.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mir Qasim's burial today, Tribune News Service, Srinagar, December 13
  2. ^ Contemporary Theatre of Kashmir, Its evolution
  3. ^ No need to crack walnuts manually, use Mushtaq́s walnut cracker, by Tawqeer Hussain Sheikh. American Chronicle, Oct. 21, 2010
  4. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 

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