Indian American Muslim Council mourns the untimely death of the Cambridge based scholar Dr. Omar Khalidi and expresses its deepest condolences to his family. Preliminary reports suggest that he was fatally struck by a subway trolley near the Kendall Square station in Cambridge, MA.
Dr. Khalidi was a pioneer in the field of research on Indian Muslims and Contemporary Politics. He left behind him a monumental legacy that had a significant impact on the political landscape of India and a multitude of people were motivated and inspired by his work. Dr. Khalidi was born in Hyderabad and was the son of Professor A.N.M. Khalidi, a well known scholar of Arabic and Islamic studies at Osmania University. He is survived by his wife and daughter.
He will be remembered for his courage in taking on issues that others feared to tread and for his unending passion for the pursuit of social justice in India.