Khurshid Anwar Arfi


As Interviewed by Ayan Arfi, March 20, 2019
"I learned from experience that you should not keep quiet and ignore such things, they should be condemned alright, but to counter it in a perfecting manner, it was an effective measure to discourage hate."
Khurshid Anwar Arfi

Introductory Profile: Introductory Profile: About Khurshid Anwar Arfi

I interviewed my grandfather Khurshid Anwar Arfi. I came to know him through my parents when he visited me when I was a baby. He was born in 1934 and is currently 85 years old. He has light brown skin, gray hair and a goatee and is very frail as he is getting older by the day. He has a heavy accent, because his first language is urdu, although he can still speak and understand english. He currently lives in India, where he grew up as well as his children. The place where he lives in India has harsh conditions, sometime its way too hot, sometimes it's way too cold, and sometimes it's way too rainy, but he likes it there because he has been there all his life and most of his family and friends live nearby him.

He was a politician in India, and a social worker. Now he writes books covering the topics of the momin group and Ansari community. He wrote a book called the Momin Movement and Ansari Community, it covers what the Momin community is, what was its problem, and how people fought the social stigma through the Momin Movement, for further details you can refer to the book, which can be found online and in libraries too. During the interview he talks about how segregated and discriminated the caste system in India was and what his part in the Momin Movement was. He is part of the Momin Conference, which is an organization to help stop caste segregation. He has experience with the lower caste first hand, because he was born into a community that was lower caste.

My grandfather was in India and I was in U.S.A when recording this interview and the connection was poor at some places. During the interview we were pretty relaxed and calm, although at first it was a little tense, and even though we know each other personally, it was just different doing an interview. At time my grandfather let his native tongue slip, but most of the time, it was pretty smooth. Throughout the whole interview, it was a sad tone, because so many horrible things had happened, but at the end of every question there was always something good that happened out of the events. Talking to him was great because I learned a lot about the Momin Movement and what type of community my parents used to live in, and how it was way worse, than where they are now. I enjoyed talking to him a lot and I thank him for giving me this opportunity.