By Ahmed Khan, Founder,
The Rahnuma Daily (TheRahnuma.com)
May 26, 2020
Hyderabad (RAHNUMA) Earlier today His Excellency Mr. Syed Vicaruddin, Chairman, Indo Arab League, Hyderabad, Editor In Chief & Publisher of The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Daily, India’s oldest Urdu newspaper, received a congratulatory telephone call from the Palestinian Ambassador H.E. Mr. Adnan Abu Alhaija.
His Excellency the Ambassador had called to convey to Mr. Syed Vicaruddin Eid Mubarak directly on behalf of Palestinian President H.E. Mahmoud Abbas and Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh, Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority. The Indo-Arab Chairman Mr. Syed Vicaruddin, who is well known for his philanthropy, donated Rs.1 million in the month of Ramadan for relief for Palestinian students in India to the Palestinian Embassy.
India recognized Palestine’s statehood following its declaration on 18 November 1988; although relations between India and PLO were first established in 1974. After India achieved its independence in 1947, it moved to support Palestinian self-determination following the partition of British India.
In 2018, Prime Minister Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister in history to make an official visit to the State of Palestine.
India’s solidarity with the Palestinian people and its attitude to the Palestinian question was given voice during its freedom struggle by Mahatma Gandhi.
Since then, empathy with the Palestinian cause and friendship with the people of Palestine have become an integral part of India’s foreign policy.
Following a visit by the first PLO delegation to Mr. Vicaruddin’s home in Hyderabad in 1967, India became the first Non-Arab State to recognize the PLO as the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people in 1974.
Thanks partially to the efforts of Mr. Syed Vicaruddin, India is also one of the first countries to recognize the State of Palestine in 1988.
In 1996, India opened its Representative Office to the Palestine Authority in Gaza, which later was shifted to Ramallah in 2003.
India has always played a proactive role in garnering support for the Palestinian cause in multilateral fora. India co-sponsored the draft resolution on “the right of Palestinians to self-determination” during the 53rd session of the UN General Assembly and voted in favor of it.
India also voted in favor of UN General Assembly Resolution in October 2003 against the construction of the separation wall by Israel and supported subsequent resolutions of the UNGA in this regard. India voted in favor of accepting Palestine as a full member of UNESCO.
In 2012, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh made clear India’s position saying, “Support for the Palestinian cause has been a cornerstone of India’s foreign policy. I reiterated India’s firm support for the struggle of the Palestinian people to achieve a sovereign, independent, viable and united state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital.”
Recognition by Arab League
In April 2018, the Arab League, the largest organization of Arab countries, on Monday recognized the distinguished services of Mr. Syed Vicaruddin, Chairman of Indo-Arab League Hyderabad and honored him for his unparalleled services towards the cause of a united Arab World with the prestigious Arab League Award.
The award was presented to Mr. Syed Vicaruddin on the 73rd Inception Day (of Arab League) by Union Minister of State Mr M.J. Akbar at the Embassy of Oman, New Delhi in the presence of Ambassadors of 22 Arab countries. Mr. Syed Vicaruddin is the first Indian in history to be presented with this Award.
Ahmed Khan is the Founder of The Rahnuma Daily (theRahnuma.com), the online global English daily edition of The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Daily (ReDD), India’s oldest Urdu daily print newspaper established in 1921. More than 81.1 million Indians identify Urdu as their language, and as per the annual INA (Indian Newspapers Association) report, ReDD ranks among the top 5 most widely circulated and read Urdu daily print newspapers throughout India. Ahmed resides in Hyderabad at his maternal ancestral home and can be contacted at, email@example.com