Well known Hindi and Urdu writer Jabir Husain was born on 05 June1945. His father’s name is Syed Saifuddin and mother’s name is Najmunnisa Begam. He was born at a very famous historical place Rajgir in Nalanda district of Bihar.
He is M.A. in English language and literature/Distinction in English, Urdu and Hindi languages. He worked as a Professor of English language and literature at College of Commerce, Patna under Magadh University. He was married on 18 September 1972 with Shrimati Ishrat Husain.
He had very deep involvement and active participation in the 1974 movement led by Jaiprakash Narain. He was confinement under MISA, suspended from university service and suffered persecution. Later he elected from Munger Vidhan Sabha constituency in 1977 with largest number of votes. He got the responsibility of cabinet Minister (Health) in the Ministry of Late Karpoori Thakur. He worked on special emphasis on extension of medical services in rural areas and development of Indian medical system.
He became a nominated member of Bihar Legislative Council in June, 1994 by the Governor. Then he appointed acting chairman of Bihar Legislative Council in April, 1995. He elected uncontested the Chairman of Bihar Legislative Council on 26 July, 1996. He elected as a member of Bihar Legislative Council from Vidhan Sabha constituency in May, 2000. He appointed Acting Chairman of Bihar Legislative Council on 7 May, 2000.
Jabir Husain, as Chairman of the Council, added different new dimensions to Parliamentary politics. He established a convention of democratic dialogues on contemporary parliamentary, cultural and social issues. He worked for solving several socially important issues and problems through parliamentary intervention. He played an active role in finding remedies for serious questions relating to Jharia landslide, Jaduguda Radiation Effects, Child Labour, Public Literacy, Compulsory Education, Destiny of Rivers, Children’s Rights, etc.
Earlier, as Chairman of the Bihar State Minority Commission (October, 1990 to March, 1995) studied deeply the problems of a number of religious and linguistic minority groups and presented several recommendations/reports for their remedy. For the first time in the country, the State Minority Commission attained legal status and special powers in regard to investigation. Minority Welfare Department was set up in the state on the recommendation of the State Minority Commission.
He is an ardent supporter of socail and humane cause. There are innumerable examples of helping the displaced, the Bangla refugees, the riot-affected families, bonded labourers, child labourers in getting justice. Special Campaigns among the victims of communal and caste violence. Pad-Yatras and public-campaigns under the Jan Sangharsh Samiti banner in rural areas against the police-feudal nexus. Successfully led public-action plans against communal and caste violence in the state under the banners of institutions like Ekta Manch, Insani Ekta Muhim and People’s Union for Civil Liberties. He played an important role in helping the riot-victim families get adequate compensation. He made serious efforts towards development of minority languages of the state. Special emphasis on facilities for the study of Urdu, Bangla, Oriya and Tribal languages.
Prof. Jabir Husain was elected to the Rajya Sabha on 29th March, 2006 and subsequently, he relinquished the post of Chairman, Bihar Vidhan Parishad on 15th April, 2006.
He is among the rare politician who got the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award. He got this award for the year 2005 for the book “Ret Par Khema” (Urdu). He is an original, creative writing in Hindi, Urdu and English. 14 books published so far in these languages. Discovery, editing and publication of over 40 rare manuscripts and other literary works is an extraordinary job for which he will be remembered always. He is the Editor of Sakshya (Hindi) and Dastavez (Urdu), the journals of Bihar Legislative Council. These two magazines are archives of great liteary and sociological writings. At present, he is engaged in serious writing on the tradition of Dalit Sahitya. He has wrote an analytical book on women affected by communal riots in Bihar that is going to be published soon. He is very well known for the experiment he has done in an innovative and extraordinary creative way in the diary writing style.
1. Aalom Lajawa (Stories)/Hindi, Sahyog Prakashan, Delhi, 1992.
2. Sun-e-Kaatib (Stories)/Urdu, Urdu Markaz, Azimabad, Patna, 1997.
3. Bihar Ki Pasmanda Muslim Aabadiyan (Analytical study)/ Hindi, Urdu. Bahaar Foundation, Patna, 1994.
4. Ek Nadi Ret Bhari (Poems) / Hindi, Urdu, Bangala Abhiyan Prakashan, Delhi, 1992.
5. Ret Ret Lahoo (Poems) / Hindi. Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi / Patna, 2001.
6. Do Chehron Wali Ek Nadi (Diary) / Hindi. Grantha Bharati, Delhi, 1992.
7. Dhwanimat Kafi Nahi Hai (Diary) / Hindi. Sahitya Sahkaar, Delhi, 1992.
8. Logan (Reminiscences) / Hindi. Urdu Markaz, Azimabad, Patna, 1999.
9. Ateet Ka Chehra (Diary) / Hindi. Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi / Patna, 2001.
10. Dola Bibi ka Mazar (Diary / Stories) / Hindi. Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi / Patna, 2003.
11. Ret Per Khema (Diary / Stories) / Urdu. Urdu Markaz, Azimabad, Patna, 2002.
12. Be-Aman (Diary) / Urdu. Urdu Markaz, Azimabad, Patna, 2002.
13. Deewar-e-Shab (Poems) Hindi / Urdu (Edited). Urdu Markaz, Azimabad, Patna, 2003.
14. Jo Aage Hain (Diary) / Hindi. Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi / Patna, 2004.
Some important studies:
1. Outline of the Bihar Rajya Sampradayic Aur Jateeya Hinsa Niyantran Kanoon : October, 1993.
2. Report based on recommendations for the protection of religious minorities and their socio-economic development : October, 1993.
3. Serious analytical reports and recommendations for the protection of constitutional rights of linguistic minority groups and minority languages : October, 1993.
4. Communal riots in Bihar : A special factual study : January, 1994.
5. Special data and analysis support to University researches on communal and caste violence.
6. Publication of Bihar Ki Pichhari Muslim Aabadiyan in Hindi-Urdu languages : 1994.
7. Active in the development of several backward groups, especially professional groups of Bihar. Made efforts to get them placed in public undertakings and govt. services.
8. Organised National Workshops on the problems of child labour, groups affected by natural disasters, skilled workers, etc. Recommendations for formation of Child Labour Commission and its rules.
9. Special emphasis on issues like human rights, reservations policy, environment, Ganga-pollution. Effective support through House committees.