G. M. Banatwala
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Gulam Mohammed Mahmood Banathwala
|Died||25 June 2008 (aged 74)|
Gulam Mohammed Mahmood Banathwala (15 August 1933 – 25 June 2008) was the spokesman and the voice of Indian Muslims in Indian Parliament and a leader of Indian Union Muslim League(IUML).
Profession and Politics
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. 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.
- 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.
- "G. M. Banatwala: Indian Muslim leader". Times, The (London). 22 July 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2008.