Associated with AIMMM since late eighties, Mr. Navaid Hamid born on 23 June, 1963 in Delhi had received his early education from Salwan Public School, New Delhi and later was a student of Delhi University.
Acknowledging his commitment for inter community dialogue and harmonious relations between different communities, the UPA government appointed him as member of the National Integration Council (NIC) for two consecutive terms from 2004 to 2014. His keen interest and work for empowerment of the Muslim community attracted the government to appoint him as member of National Monitoring Committee on Minorities’ Education of the Ministry of Human Resource Development between 2005-2011 after he gave a representation to government for making special provision for ensuring quick redressal of the difficulties faced by minorities educational institutions in getting recognition from government departments.
Mr. Hamid is the founder-secretary of South Asian Council for Minorities (SACM) – a loose federation of the activists working for minorities rights in the South Asian region; National General Secretary of Movement for Empowerment of Muslim Indians (MOEMIN) which is a loose federation of individuals who have excelled in their respective fields and are committed to work for the empowerment of the deprived Muslim community since 2003; National Secretary of Peoples’ Integration Council (PIC) which was formed in 2003 when the BJP-led NDA government between 1998-2004 dithered on convening a meeting of the National Integration Council, a prestigious national body to deliberate, discuss and resolve issues which threaten peace and tranquility of the nation. It was formed by the first PM of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Subsequently he successfully convened a National Convention of like minded secular voices in polity, academics, media and activists who were concern of the rising acts of violence to cement politics of hate which was inaugurated by Former President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan in February 2003.
In order to coordinate educational activities of various NGOs and to raise the demand of reservation for Indian Muslims in educational institutions, decision-making bodies and public employment, an organisation, Association for Promoting Education & Employment of Indian Muslims (APEEIM) was formed in April 1994 on his initiative and the first ever National Convention of Muslims to demand reservation for Muslims in public employment and educational institutions was organised under the aegis of APEEIM on 9 October, 1994 which has become now a national issue of the the Muslim community.
In February 1998, he formed a Committee for the Empowerment of Muslim Women to raise and press or the demand of the Muslim community for a separate quota in the proposed Women’s Reservation Bill for Muslim women in legislatures and to coordinate among various NGOs working for the uplift of Muslim women. In May, 1998, he convened the National Convention of Indian Muslims on Separate Quota for Muslim Women in Women’s Reservation Bill at New Delhi, which was followed by state-level conventions at Hyderabad, Mumbai, Lucknow and Calcutta within of the next four months.
Mr. Navaid Hamid was the co-convener of the Inter-Community Peace Initiative and is also member of the India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi. He was the Convening Secretary of the launching convention of People’s Integration Council held during 1-2 February, 2003 at Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi.
He was the convener of a civil society group canvassing against the BJP during the Gujarat Assembly elections in 2002. He was also the convener of the first ever 3-day National Workshop of Muslim NGOs during 21-24 December, 2006 at New Delhi. The workshop became the harbinger of the NGO movement amongst Muslims later and is now almost a yearly event and is being replicated constantly by number of organisations down to district level.
Mr. Hamid also organised a three-day National Summit of Muslim Social Leadership during 13-15 February, 2015, at New Delhi to identify the social leaders from across India which was again replicated in March 2016 and the Summit had helped in identifying the rising stars and hidden jewels in the community who can be groomed for taking national responsibilities in future .
He also played a vital role in organising the first and the only “National Convention of Indian Muslims on Jammu & Kashmir”, held on 21 September, 2003, at Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi. He was the coordinator of the 10th Session of All India Muslim Personal Law Board at New Delhi, in 1990 and a co-convener of the Yuva Prayas, a National Convention of Indian youths at New Delhi in 1991 which was organised by the then PM Mr. Chandra Shekhar..
Mr. Navaid Hamid took quick initiative in organising massive relief work for the victims of the Gujarat carnage in 2002 and was constant visitor to the riot effected areas between April 2002 – August 2003 where he worked with deep commitments for rehabilitation of the effected victims and also of the relief to earthquake victims of Jammu & Kashmir in October 2005. He also organised major relief work in violence hit BTAD and its adjacent areas of Assam in 2012 and Muzaffarnagar (UP) riot victims in 2013. After his meeting with PM Manmohan Singh and subsequent meetings with the then National Security Advisor Mr. Shiv Shankar Menon, the union government agreed to formulate and announce a Rehabilitation Policy for the victims.
The union government made him a member of the Haj Goodwill Delegation,in 2004.
The US State Department invited him to visit US under the prestigious programme of “International Upcoming Leadership Visit to US” from 19 March to 10 April, 2010.
Mr. Hamid was the convening secretary of the National Convention of Muslims organised by AIMMM at New Delhi in 1989 and became its secretary during 2002-2003.
He was elected as the Secretary General of Global Minorities Forum for Justice & Peace at Global Minorities Meet which he had convened from 6-9 March in 2008 at New Delhi and was attended by delegates from 18 countries.
Mr. Navaid Hamid lost election of President of AIMMM in December 2011 to Dr. Zafrul Islam Khan by two votes when he took a principle stand not to cast his vote in his own favor and two other votes were rejected on technical grounds.
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