Dr. Abdus Salam and his Hindu teacher

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On this #WorldTeachersDay I will like to bring to you a poignant touché story.

Dr. Abdus Salam visited India in December 1979, soon after attending the Nobel award ceremony in Sweden. He had requested then Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, to help him trace his Professor Anilendra Ganguly who had migrated after partition from Lahore.

Dr. Salam was from Mohalla Chain Pura, Jhang  and the Government High School Jhang was only a middle school in 1934 when Dr. Salam, took admission there in grade four. He studied there from April 3, 1934 to March 31, 1938.

His  mathematics teacher was Professor Anilendra Ganguly. He taught Salam mathematics at Sanatan Dharma College, Lahore. Salam visited Calcutta to pay  his respects to octogenarian ailing professor Ganguly at latter’s residence, in Calcutta on January 19, 1981.

After the partition he has migrated to India, 50 years after he had taught Dr. Salam, he visited him two years after he was awarded the Nobel prize. He was conscious that his love for mathematics was inculcated by Professor Ganguly at Sanatan Dharma College, Lahore.

The teacher was feeble and unable to sit up and greet him when Dr. Salam visited him in his house. Dr. Salam took his Nobel medal and said that  ‘Mr. Anilendra Ganguly this medal is a result of your teaching and love of mathematics that you instilled in me,’ and he put the medal around his teachers neck.

We are product of our #teachers! Touché

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