Parveen Amanullah-Siblings sweat buckets to make her MLA

Parveen AmanullahPATNA: They are young, educated and fresh faces in Bihar politics. Though not politicians per se, the two spiffy siblings one a post-graduate in management from Pune’s prestigious Symbiosis and the other a passout of equally prestigious Indian Law School in the same city are sweating buckets, stumping in villages of Sahebpur Kamal from where their mom is trying her luck in the assembly election as the ruling Janata Dal (U) candidate.

Parveen Amanullah, needless to say, is a proud mother. An alumnus of Patna’s St Joseph’s Convent and Delhi’s Miranda House, she cannot expect more help from her family. Her husband Afzal Amanullah being in government service in IAS, to be precise, cannot do politics for her. Or so to say.

This daughter of former diplomat Syed Shahabuddin has never let her formidable family background come in her way of carving out a niche for herself. In her early 50s, she is better known as a 24X7 social worker and, of late, an RTI activist. As early as 2002, she collaborated with like-minded people to found Humlog, an organization for promoting peace and harmony. This was in the aftermath of Gujarat riots, when she felt “everyone should do his/her bit to save the world”.

Her daughter Rahmat manages the party office and coordinates with partymen for organizing poll meetings to be addressed by her mother while son Azmat accompanies the politician-in-making to the interiors of the constituency, seeking votes.

This is for the first time that the young duo are dabbling in politics. “Well, it’s new, different, interesting and challenging so far,” Rahmat told TOI.

Azmat agreed with his elder sister. “It is a challenge in that we have no political experience. We interact with local party leaders and then we apply logic and common sense to plan things and execute them with the help of party workers and well- wishers,” Azmat, who practises as a lawyer in the Supreme Court, explained.

The duo find the experience exciting as they talk to voters who, they say, are so diverse in so many spheres but think similarly when it comes to politics. “Mingling with men and women young and old alike, hearing them out and seeking their advice have developed a new sense of responsibility in us,” Rahmat said and added she is these days learning what her B-school books couldn’t teach her.

Setting up a home-cum-office in absolutely no time, getting to know people as fast as possible and getting things done at the lowest possible cost while maintaining quality is no mean a job indeed, specially when you are brand new to the place.


About Her :

What She Did: Has filed over 600 RTI applications to make the system deliver. 

Parveen Amanullah

The daughter of an Indian Foreign Service officer, Parveen Amanullah had it made early in life. But such a life was clearly not in her list of priorities. Married to an IAS officer, Amanullah has been at the forefront of the RTI movement as the convener of the Bihar Right to Information Manch. It all began in the general elections of 2004 when she procured affidavits of all candidates and compiled constituency wise information brochures. “The idea was to educate voters,” she says.

The introduction of the RTI Act in 2005 gave her activism a new direction. The 50-year-old Amanullah filed several RTI applications to bring out the apathy prevalent in the Patna Medical College and Hospital. She remained unfazed by the hospital superintendent’s asking her to cough up Rs 5 lakh as xerox charges for the copies of the files she had sought and asked for the RTI Commissioner’s intervention. Later, the commissioner ruled in her favour. Amanullah also rescued 42 RTI applicants against whom false cases had been framed. She left no office untouched, from standing in the public queue at the chief minister’s Janata Darbar-where her husband was also present as one among the grievance redressing authorities-to approaching the Governor seeking his intervention. Amanullah has had “partial successes”, as in November 2009, when Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced the setting up of a helpline for harassed petitioners and ordered a probe against those who stalled information.

A botany graduate from Delhi’s Miranda House, Amanullah had always been the activist. She has organised over a dozen marches on various issues. In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where her husband Afzal was the Indian Consul General for three years, she set up special schools for the differently-abled expatriate children. Of late, she has been visiting villages to encourage self-governance.

48,105 appeals have been addressed by the Central Information Commission since its inception till May 2010 

Amanullah credits her husband for his unstinting support. Though she claims that her work has not affected his career, many administrators do attribute some of Afzal’s transfers to his wife’s continual war against the system. But, what makes Amanullah go on? “I cannot tolerate injustice. Something happens to me when I see rules being bent,” she says.

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3 thoughts on “Parveen Amanullah-Siblings sweat buckets to make her MLA

  1. Mam i agree you are a 24/7 worker….so happy to see you as a minister…i cannot forget the days you relentlessly worked for the welfare of special children and opened special school…the special care center at the IIS-Jed.Not the least u organised Fete for the flood victims…
    As long as you were there in jeddah u kept the women on toes with the social and cultural activities of your club Indian Ladies Cultural Associatiion{ILCA}.Cant forget those days and will remain thankful to you for all that u have done for us..Our prayers are always with u in all your undertakings…Zareena Sultana

  2. didi jab aap sadanand pur aaye to ham logon ne balia ko bahut kam bijlee milne ki bat apse kumar saheb ke ghar par apke samne rakhee the app chup rahi thee lekin uske bad se bijlee ki halat men bahut sudhar hua lekin fir 3 may se purani halat haa please aap kuch kijiay your brother ajoy

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