JAMMU: Legendary social reformer, educator and former cop, Masud Chaudhary has passed away on early Friday after a prolonged illness. He was 78.
Founder and Vice Chancellor of the Baba Ghulam Shah University at Rajouri, Chaudhary retired from Jammu and Kashmir Police as Additional Director General after serving in various capacities. Chaudhary is known for contribution to the upliftment of the Gujjar community.
Cutting across the party lines, the political parties in Jammu and Kashmir, along with his friends, members of civil society and his admirers expressed heartfelt condolences on Chaudhary’s demise, and recalled his contributions.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Masud was a relentless social worker, who worked to uplift the Gujjar community through various social initiatives including the Gurjar Desh Trust.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the demise of Masood Chowdhary Sb. He was an exemplary police officer who retired as ADGP & went on to become a preeminent administrator as the founding VC of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University. Masood Sb’s loss will be deeply felt,” said the NC leader.
I am deeply saddened to learn of the demise of Masood Chowdhary Sb. He was an exemplary police officer who retired as ADGP & went on to become a preeminent administrator as the founding VC of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University. pic.twitter.com/7TiCY3eOBZ
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) December 16, 2022
PDP chief and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed her deepest condolences to the entire Gujjar Community on the demise of Chaudhary.
“When Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University was established, Mufti Sahab entrusted Masud sb with the job, knowing he can deliver. In my many years of interaction with him he reluctantly pursued the cause of Tribal community and especially focused on their education and empowerment,” Mufti said.
“I am personally grieved by Dr Chaudhary’s demise. His death leaves behind a void that’s difficult to fill. My thoughts, prayers are with the bereaved family in this hour of grief and I pray to almighty to bestow his soul highest place in Jannah,” she added.
Obituary. Masud Chaudhary, who championed Gujjar identity renaissance, passes away at 78
Apni Party President Syed Mohammed Altaf Bukhari paid glowing tributes to Chaudhary. Bukhari, along with other senior leaders of the party visited Chaudhary’s residence and met the bereaved family members to express their condolences.
Democratic Azad Party (DAP) president and former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad expressed his condolences.
“His contributions for his community and society in general will never be forgotten. I knew him personally for a long time,” said Azad.
My deepest condolences on passing away of Masood Chowdary sahib, former ADGP & founder Vice Chancellor of BGSBU. His contributions for his community and society in general will never be forgotten. I knew him personally for a long time.
— Ghulam Nabi Azad (@ghulamnazad) December 16, 2022
PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar remembered Chaudhary.
“Khuda Hafiz Masood. There was nobody like you. The efforts that you made to uplift your community are unparalleled in their nature and scale. GDCT, it’s school, BGSU remain as your lasting memorials. Personally, more than a friend. Will miss you till we meet on the other side,” he tweeted.
Khuda Hafiz Masood. There was nobody like you. The efforts that you made to uplift your community are unparalleled in their nature and scale. GDCT, it’s school, BGSU remain as your lasting memorials. Personally, more than a friend. Will miss you till we meet on the other side. pic.twitter.com/GqGhtkK4ZT
— Naeem Akhtar (@shangpal) December 16, 2022
“If one realistically called someone an institution it truly was my dearest friend Masud Choudhary who passed away in Jammu this morning. A few weeks back he called me over phone and broke down like a child. “Naeem ki yaad Aarahi hai”. Those parting words will remain etched in my heart like an arrow till we meet again,” reads the opening lines of his long emotional note.
Former DGP J&K, Gopal Sharma remembered Chaudhary as “An evolved person, a realist and a friend.”
“Our association of practically four and a half decades was full of his native wisdom, and wisecracks delivered with smiles. Go friend on your final path, and regale the angels with your wit and wisdom. Rest in peace!,” wrote Sharma.
Famed academician Rekha Chowdhary termed Chaudhary as a ‘Tall Gujjar who used his privilege for the upliftment of his community’.
DAP General Secretary R S Chib described Chaudhary as a competent Police Officer, a renowned educationalist, a good human being and a social activist par excellence.
“His contribution for his community and as Vice Chancellor of BGSB University and Society in general will always be remembered,” said the former minister.
DAP leader Salman Nizami said that Chaudhary’s demise will be deeply mourned by his legions of well-wishers.
My heartfelt commiserations on the passing away of former ADGP & founder of BGSB University Masood Choudhary sahib. A great soul, his passing will be deeply mourned by his legions of well wishers! pic.twitter.com/Gmq5SLlWIl
— Salman Nizami (@SalmanNizami_) December 16, 2022
Bilal Rashid, Chairperson, Social Media Department, J&K Pradesh Congress Committee said that with Chaudhary’s demise, an era has come to an end.
“He shared good bond with Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji & Dr. Manmohan Singh,” said Rashid, expressing his condolences.
انا للہ و انا الیہ راجعون
May Allah grant him highest place in Jannah
End of an era
Masud Chowdary – Former ADGP of J&K Police, Former VC of BGSB University, Founder Chairman of Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust.
He shared good bond with Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji & Dr. Manmohan Singh Ji pic.twitter.com/z9vH6EkNpJ
— Bilal Rashid (@BilalRashid__) December 16, 2022