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An Introduction to the IG Khan Memorial Trust



This Trust is in memory of an extraordinary man. He was not famous in the way of celebrities, but in a life that was rich and eventful, he managed to become extremely well known and well loved across different social classes and all over the world. A historian of achievement and promise, he was one of the most popular teachers at the Aligarh Muslim University. He also organized a union of cycle- rickshaw pullers, whom he worked with on a range of welfare and political issues. There was no aspect of his life or work that was unconnected with his sense of social responsibility. More telling than these isolated ‘achievements’, however, are the many small, seemingly trivial incidents that indicate his rare gift of being able to touch people’s lives. It is difficult to find the right words to communicate a sense of his vitality and innocence. We will leave it at this- that he had the ability to never stop trying to change things around him. That he was utterly fearless in opposing any form of injustice. And that he was brave enough and wise enough to live by and die for what he believed in. He was murdered on Feb 14th 2003 in an act of senseless violence. This Trust, established in late 2003 by his family and friends, is an attempt to continue his struggles and his achievements by working in the areas closest to his heart.



Currently, the Trust works in collaboration with the Janwadi Rickshaw Chalak Union to support rickshaw pullers in Aligarh. Our projects provide medical aid, legal assistance and soft loans to this group, as well as helping their children get through school. Over the last year, the Trust has supported over 40 students—mostly children of rickshaw pullers—with their educational expenses. We have also been able to assist over 80 rickshaw pullers and their families with their medical expenses, including treatment and medicine costs. Our vision is to provide a network of socio-economic support for this extremely vulnerable group of manual labourers.

The Trust also attempts to work in the arena of ideas, and to create dialogue and debate around ihe deas of social justice and action amongst the community at Aligarh Muslim University. Through this attempt, we hope to nurture the idea of creating a culture of resistance, where small, unspectacular struggles do matter, and the lives and deaths of ordinary people for extraordinary ideas do not pass unmourned and unnoticed.

 To this end, the IG Khan Memorial Trust has established an annual award with the Indian History Congress for research in the history of science and technology. Our annual lecture series and events have seen   writer-activist Arundhati Roy, award-winning filmmakers like Anand Patwardhan and Afghan director Siddiq Barmak, and veteran actor and theatre director Naseeruddin Shah visit the campus, to engage with the theme of social justice through lectures, theatre and film screenings.  

To know more about our efforts check the INITIATIVES section.

To know more about our lecture series, check the EVENTS section



Our aims are practical as well as ideological. Our attempt is to send out a clear message of resistance to those who believe that by murdering people like IG Khan, they will succeed in silencing them and in silencing all of us. You can support us in these efforts, by becoming a member of the IG Khan Memorial Trust, or just making a donation.

To find out how you can help, CONTACT us.

To make a donation visit the link titled DONATE.


Watch the 9th IG Khan Memorial Lecture delivered on March 31 2014 by Prof. Jean Dreze on Hunger and Social Justice.




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Click on the link below to read an article from the 2008 issue of the Kriti Diary

...Remembering IG Khan.

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