Arif Mohammad Khan (born 18 November 1951) is an Indian politician who is currently serving as the Governor of Kerala. He is a former Union Minister. He has held several portfolios ranging from energy to civil aviation.
Arif Mohammad Khan
|22nd Governor of Kerala|
|Assumed office |
6 September 2019
|Chief Minister||Pinarayi Vijayan|
|Preceded by||P. Sathasivam|
|23rd Union Minister of Civil Aviation|
6 December 1989 – 10 November 1990
|Prime Minister||V. P. Singh|
|Preceded by||Shivraj Patil|
|Succeeded by||Harmohan Dhawan|
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
|Preceded by||Manohar Lal|
|Succeeded by||Naresh Chander Chaturvedi|
|Preceded by||Maulana Saiyad Muzaffar Hussain|
|Succeeded by||Rudrasen Chaudhary|
|Preceded by||Padamsen Chaudhary|
|Succeeded by||Padamsen Chaudhary|
|Born||18 November 1951|
Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Indian National Congress|
Bahujan Samaj Party
Khan started his political career as a student leader. He was the President of Aligarh Muslim University Students' Union in the year 1972-73 and also its honorary Secretary a year earlier (1971–72). He contested the first legislative assembly election from Siyana constituency of Bulandshahar on Bharatiya Kranti Dal party's banner but was defeated. He became a member of the legislative assembly of UP in 1977 at the age of 26.
Khan joined the Indian National Congress party and was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1980 from Kanpur and 1984 from Bahraich. In 1986, he quit the Indian National Congress due to differences over the passage of Muslim Personal Law Bill which was piloted by Rajiv Gandhi in the Lok Sabha. He was against the legislation to enable Matha' to Muslim divorcee women as per Qur'an and resigned because of differences with Rajiv Gandhi on this issue. Khan joined the Janata Dal and was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1989. During the Janata Dal rule Khan served as union Minister of Civil aviation and Energy. He left the Janata Dal to join the Bahujan Samaj Party and again entered the Lok Sabha in 1998 from Bahraich. Khan held ministerial responsibilities from 1984 to 1990. In 2004, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha election as a BJP candidate that year from Kaiserganj constituency. Khan re-entered BJP in 2015 after Narendra Modi became the Prime minister of India.
Arif Mohammad Khan is best known for opposing a bill passed in Indian Parliament, the Muslim Personal Law Bill.
Arif Mohammad Khan has always supported reformation within Muslims. He resigned from position of Minister of state protesting against Rajiv Gandhi Congress Government stand on Shah Bano case in 1986. He defended Supreme Court judgment on Shah Bano case in Parliament. Arif opposed triple talaq in India and said that it should be punishable with 3 years in jail. Khan has asserted that Muslim men are still allowed to be polygamous and can also give a divorce easily by paying paltry sums. He is actively involved in policy making and Islam reformation. He has written various books and given multiple lectures. He is also associated with various think-tanks.
Khan and his wife Reshma Arif run the Samarpan for physically challenged people.
Khan has been deeply involved in writing since his student days. He is the author of the best selling book of the year 2010 Text and Context: Quran and Contemporary Challenges, published by Rupa & Co. Now Arif Mohammad Khan is actively involved in writing articles and columns related to Islam and Sufism. He has advocated abolishing of All India Muslim Personal Law Board. Arif Mohammad Khan also supported the Supreme Court of India's judgment in Shah Bano case to make the right to maintenance of a divorced Muslim wife absolute.
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