Umar Khalid is an Indian activist and former student and a member of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He is the son of SQR Ilyas. He is currently connected to two groups – Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Student Organization and United Against Hate.
Umar Khalid was a former leader of the Democratic Student Union (DSU) in the JNU.
|Real Name||Umar Khalid|
|Profession||Student, Activist, Politician|
|Biggest Rival||Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP)|
|Political Inclination||Communist Party of India|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 175 cm
in meters– 1.75 m
in feet inches– 5’ 9”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms– 65 kg
in pounds– 145 lbs
|Body Measurements (approx.)||– Chest: 36 inches
– Waist: 30 inches
– Biceps: 13 inches
|Date of Birth||1989|
|Age (as in 2018)||29 Years|
|Birthplace||Jamia Nagar, Delhi|
|School||Rai School, New Delhi|
|College/University||Jawaharlal Nehru University|
|Educational Qualifications||MPhil, MA|
|Hobbies||Participating in Conferences, Debates and Learning about Adivasis|
|Controversies||• In February 2016, he was arrested for raising anti-national slogans with Kanhaiya Kumar in a student rally.
• In July 2016, he was caught in another controversy when he praised Burhan Wani in a facebook post.
|Girls, Affairs, and More|
|Parents||Father– Syed Qasim Ilyas (Social Activist, Owner of a Urdu Magazine)
Mother– Name Not Known
Sisters– Kulsum Fatima
|Favourite Musician(s)||Kabir Suman, The Banned, MC Kash|
|Favourite Film(s)||Landless, Life is Beautiful, Lion of the Desert|
|Favourite TV Show||Coke Studio|
|Favourite Book(s)||Until My Freedom Has Come, To Kill a Mockingbird|
|Net Worth (approx.)||Not Known|
Interesting Facts About Umar Khalid
- Does Umar Khalid smoke?: Yes
- Does Umar Khalid drink alcohol?: Not known
- His parents belong to Amravati, Maharashtra and moved to Delhi in the 1980s.
- He grew up in New Delhi and completed his education in Delhi himself.
- He was born into a very religious family, but was never interested in religion. His sister said: “He has always been a Marxist. He never believed in Allah. Although our family is very religious, he chose to be an unbeliever because he also questioned God. “
- In 2009 he was seen in a student-made documentary about Islamophobia.
- He was also invited to study for a semester at Yale University, but declined and stayed in India. His father said that he declined the offer because he wanted to work for the minorities in his country.
- On February 9, 2016, the JNU students protested on their campus against the death penalty imposed by the Kashmiri separatist Maqbool Bhat and the convicted Afzal Guru from the Indian parliament in 2001. Umar is said to have made anti-national statements and was arrested four days later with the JNU Student Association president, Kanhaiya Kumar.
- After the arrests, BJP was heavily criticized on the pretext of silencing political disagreements. He was supported by a number of university students and university classes were interrupted for several days.
- In 2016, the JNU Panel recommended Khalid’s rustiness and a fine against Kanhaiya. The students moved to the Delhi Supreme Court, which instructed the university to submit the matter to an appeals authority to review the panel’s decision.
- After many media houses described him as a terrorist, his father said in his statement: “My son and Kanhaiya Kumar are the worst victims of the media process. My son is described as a terrorist and someone who has traveled to Pakistan even though he does not have a passport. He can be anything, but he’s not a terrorist. “
- After he was released from prison, he was greeted by his followers on campus, where he made a fiery speech comparing himself to freedom fighters.
- After being given bail, he got into controversy again when comparing Burhan Wani to Che Guevara in July 2016. In his Facebook post, he wrote: “I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and continues shooting. These were the words of Che Guevara, but it could have been Burhan Wani.”
- His father said of his ideologies: “His ideology has become his worst enemy. He is a deserving student, did his MA and MPhil in such a prestigious institution. The country’s media are slowly turning against him because he fits him perfectly: a Muslim face with views that do not agree with the state’s opinion on things. “
- In July 2018, the JNU’s high-level committee of inquiry confirmed the decision to exclude him in connection with the incident of February 9, 2016. He did his doctorate in historical studies.
- On August 13, 2018, Umar narrowly escaped when a man in the Constitution Club of India tried to shoot him up close. The attacker dropped the gun and ran away on foot.