About The Munsif Daily
Mr. Khan Lateef Mohammad Khan Sahib (Late)
(The Founder of New Munsif)
Mr. Khan Lateef Mohammad Khan was an all-round personality who has had a very distinguished career in the field of education and business.
He was born in the historic city of Hyderabad.
After completing his education, he went to the United States, where he returned to India after a four-decade stay and settled in his hometown of Hyderabad.
Before moving to the United States, he studied B.Sc, Engineering and MBA from Osmania University. He was a student leader during his student days. He has also been the President of the Students Union of the prestigious Aiza School and the Secretary of the Students Union of the Osmania University Science College. Prior to that, he was secretary at City College in 1959 and captain of the football team. He has also been the President of the International Students Union of Eastern Illinois University, USA. After returning home, as he devoted himself to social work, he launched an educational campaign under which he established educational institutions from KG to PG level in which thousands of students were enrolled living in socially and economically backward areas. Mr. Khan Lateef Mohammad Khan arranged free education for them by spending crores of rupees.
In view of economic stability, they have also set up various technical and training centers for women where illiterate women from poor families are given free training and are taught embroidery, sewing, beauty technician courses etc. These women and girls are provided with sewing machines and sewing materials free of charge. These centers have now become a source of employment for these women as they have been linked to the ready-made garment industry. After training, these women and girls are now earning thousands of rupees a month and living a comfortable life. As a result, the scourge of child labor is disappearing.
Even after setting many milestones in Western countries like the United States, he never forgot his hometown Hyderabad. He left no stone unturned in serving his country and nation. He strongly felt the need to promote the education movement for the betterment of the state. In order to inculcate high character and insight in the young generation, he associated himself with Sultan-ul-Uloom Education Society in 1990. Here too he carried out many development activities. He also played a key role in securing the college’s affiliation with the National Board of Accreditation. In the same college he did a great job of starting a course like MCA. In 1999, he was re-elected President of the Society and continued to serve throughout his life. During this commitment, Mr. Khan Lateef Mohammad Khan also worked to promote modern and scientific education in various institutions run by the Society.
He took over the reins of The Munsif Daily in 1996. In just two years, the newspaper became the number one Urdu newspaper in India. The various institutions he has set up in Hyderabad provide employment to hundreds of people. To promote art, drama, culture based on national unity, he also set up two cinema theaters Santosh 70mm and Sapna 35mm at Abids in the heart of Hyderabad, which are among the most popular cinemas in the city.
He was instrumental in providing 5% reservations to the Muslims of the state in the field of education and employment. He paid a large sum of money out of his own pocket to pursue the case in the Supreme Court and appointed senior lawyers who debated in the commission constituted by the Andhra Pradesh government and the High Court. He also stepped forward to help the victims of the Gujarat riots, for which he raised Rs 1.26 crore. Mr. Khan Lateef Mohammad Khan built Munsif Colony there for the victims of Gujarat riots. He also played an important role in the field of sports. He spent huge sums of money on the development of football and volleyball through the City College Old Boys Association to provide opportunities to the youth of weaker sections.
In 2002, when the National Games were held in Hyderabad, he also gave a cash prize of millions of rupees to each player who won the competition. He also sponsored the National Junior Rowing Championship, which was held in Hyderabad from October 15 to 19, 2003. By constructing beautiful buildings in the city of Hyderabad, he also did important work in the field of construction. He also left his mark as a builder. He also built Lake View Apartments near Banjara Lake, followed by the Khan Lateef Khan Estate, a significant addition to Hyderabad’s history. The building is located in front of Fateh Maidan Stadium where offices of multinational companies, Tata Consultancy Services, BSNL, Hale Canada and other leading companies are operating. A beautiful shopping complex has also been set up at Jalukhana, Lad Bazaar near the historic Charminar.
Mr. Khan Lateef Mohammad Khan has been a versatile personality. On August 6, 2020, this great personality, who took Urdu journalism to new heights and enhanced its prestige, gave a new lease of life to the standard of living of Urdu journalists, died in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was buried in a Muslim cemetery in Chicago. Let the sky bring dew on his grave.