G. M. Banatwala

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Gulam Mohammed Mahmood Banathwala
Born(1933-08-15)15 August 1933
Died25 June 2008(2008-06-25) (aged 74)
OccupationPolitician (IUML)

Gulam Mohammed Mahmood Banathwala (15 August 1933 – 25 June 2008) was the spokesman and the voice of Indian Muslims[citation needed] in Indian Parliament and a leader of Indian Union Muslim League(IUML).


His family, the Memon Family, was emigrated from Kutch of Gujarat to Mumbai of Maharashtra. He was born on 15 August 1933. His wife was Ayesha, who died in 1998. They had no children.

Profession and Politics[edit]

He was a college lecturer early in his life. Then he gave up his profession and came to politics and became an active politician. He was elected to Lok Sabha seven times from the Ponnani constituency of Kerala. He made the record of more time elected Member of Parliament, from Kerala same as Mr. Ibrahim Sulaiman Sait. He entered politics with his great speech both in Urdu and English. He was known as an Educationist. In 1960, he became the General Secretary of Muslim League of Mumbai. In 1962, he was a candidate to the Legislative Assembly from the Umarkhadi Constituency of Maharashtra, but he was defeated just for 400 votes. But in 1967, he won from the same constituency and became the first member of Muslim League in the Maharashtra Assembly.[1] In 1972, he repeated his victory to the Legislative Assembly.

In the same period, he was a corporation Councillor in Mumbai Corporation. In 1977, 1980, 1984, 1989, 1996, 1998 and 1999 he was elected from the Ponnani Constituency of Kerala. In 1986, he brought a private bill and which made an Act of the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Divorce Act, by the Rajiv Gandhi Government. Later, he became the State President of Muslim League of Maharashtra.

In 1973, he became the General Secretary of Indian Union Muslim League together with C.H. Mohammed Koya. Banathwala became the President of Indian Union Muslim League in 1993.

Banathwala was a member of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, Cutchi Meman Jama'ath,Cutchi Memon students Circle Muslim Personal Law Board, Aligarh Muslim University Court, etc.

Books published[edit]

  • Religion and Politics in India,
  • Muslim League,
  • Azadi Ke Baad (in Urdu) and he contributed numerous articles in various journals both in English and Urdu


G.M. Banathwala died on 25 June 2008, aged 74.[2]


  1. ^ http://eci.nic.in/eci_main/StatisticalReports/SE_1967/Statistical%20Report%20Maharashtra%201967.pdf
  2. ^ "G. M. Banatwala: Indian Muslim leader". Times, The (London). 22 July 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2008.