Letter from Mumtaz Kitchlew to A.K. Dar

Letter from Mumtaz Kitchlew to A.K. Dar, the Indian chargé d'affaires, following up on Kitchlew’s previous letter to then-Ambassador Braj Kumar Nehru asking why Indian activist and politician Dr. Saifuddin Kitchlew (Mumtaz Kitchlew’s uncle) had not been eulogized in India News upon his death.

Date: January 20, 1964
Type: Correspondence
Language: English
Creator: Mumtaz Kitchlew

January 20, 1964
Mr. A. K. Dar Charge d’ Affaires, a.i

Dear Mr. Dar:

Thank you kindly for your letter dated January 10 – in answer to my letter of December 27 addressed to Ambassador Nehru – informing me that the omission or the news of Dr. Sair-ud-Din Kitchlew’s demise in “India News” was due to “unintended lapse” and oversight on the part of your Editorial Staff and that the Editor somehow “slipped up in not exercising initiative to incorporate an idem concerning Dr.Dkitchlew.”

Actually it wouldn’t have made any difference had the Editorial Staff taken the initiative to write a few words as a small tribute in respect to the memory of Dr. Kitchlew. Ten years ago, at the funeral services of a Jewish friend of mine, the illustrious Rabbi Louis L. Mann of Chicago said: “ Eulogies are not said or written … they are made” And as a spiritually enlightened, politically dedicated, totally selfless public leader of high moral fiber and indisputable integrity who did not even accept the Stalin Peace Prize of $2700 awarded him in 1953, Dr. Kitchlew made his own eulogy. But, nonetheless, I was curious to learn as to why the “India News” did not take notice of his death. Therefore, I decided to write to the Ambassador … not as a complaint but as an inquiry.

Your kind attention courtesy, and the trouble you took in giving me the required information are indeed greatly appreciated.

With kindest regards and all good wishes,

Sincerely yours

M. I. Mumtaz Kitchlew

Collection: Abnashi Ram Materials
Donor: Roshan and Raj Sharma
Item History: 2016-10-30 (created); 2022-11-18 (modified)

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