Fatima Zakaria

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Fatima Zakaria
Children4, including Fareed Zakaria
AwardsPadma Shri

Fatima Zakaria (17 February 1936 – 6 April 2021) used to be the editor of the Mumbai Times, and became the Sunday editor of The Times of India.[1] Zakaria is also the editor of the Taj magazine of the Taj Hotels.[2] Her office is in the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai.

Family[change | change source]

She is the second widow of Rafiq Zakaria, who was an Indian politician and Islamic religious cleric.[3]

Fatima Zakaria is the step-mother of 2 children. The eldest, Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, is an art historian and writer, living in Mumbai. The second, is Mansoor Zakaria. Her full son Arshad Zakaria[4] runs a hedge fund. Her youngest full son Fareed Zakaria is an editor of Newsweek, and host of Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN.

Career[change | change source]

Rafiq Zakaria established The Maulana Azad Education Trust in the historic city of Aurangabad Maharashtra India. It was his Assembly Constituency from which he got elected quite a few times and served as a Minister in the State cabinet. Fatima transformed those educational institutions in Aurangabad to such an extent that they can be compared with the best centres of learning in Asia.

Zakaria joined the Taj Group of Hotels to establish the first rate five star Hotel, The Taj Residency, on the campus of The Maulana Azad Education Trust in Aurangabad. She became editor of the coffee table magazine Taj.[2] Thereafter, she introduced a Hotel Management Course in alliance with a British University. The course is acknowledged as the finest and most respected in India.[by whom?] She is on the board of Indian Institute of Hotel Management Aurangabad [5]

She is in the process of establishing a Centre for Higher Learning on the lines of Centre for Advanced Studies, Shimla. It will become functional from June 2010 and will help genuine scholars and academicians to carry on research activities. The upcoming Centre will also launch two research journals, one for Social Sciences and the other for Natural and Exact Sciences. Zakaria, is regarded as a secularist, however she takes special care to cater to the educational needs of the Muslims.

The award Padma Shri was conferred on her by the Government of India in 2006.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Siblings - Achievers, not Inheritors". the-south-asian.com. February 2003.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The new Taj". Arlington, VA: Tata Sons Ltd. 12 November 2001. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  3. "Dr. Rafiq Zakaria remembered". Two Circles. 16 July 2010.
  4. "Arshad Zakaria appointed Merrill Lynch co-president". Rediff.com India Limited. 8 October 2001. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  5. "Board". Indian Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad. Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  6. "Padma Awards Directory (1954-2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013.