FIA Award for Hasan Chishti

On the occasion of the 60th Independence Day celebrations the Federation of Indian Associations, Chicago, conferred the Community Leadership Award on Mr. Hasan Chishti in recognition of his dedication to the principles of community service and inspiring community partnership among the Indian American community in Chicago. Mr Chishti served as Chicago Bureau Chief of Pakistan Link for nine years. He has received several awards and recognitions in the past.
In 2003 the Urdu Writers Society of USA honored him with its Annual Literary Award in recognition of his literary services, and, in 2001 the American Urdu Writers Society awarded him the prestigious “Life-time Achievement Award” at an investiture ceremony in Los Angeles, California. In 1999 he was appointed as one of the directors of the Metropolitan Asian Family Services which provides comprehensive social services to Asian communities in Chicago and its suburbs.
Mr Chishti presided over a highly successful Mushaira organized by the Osmania University Old Boys Association in 1996. The same year, he received the title of “Numa-ind-e-Deccan” in recognition of his literary, cultural and social services. He also received an award from the City of Chicago in 1996 for his commitment and dedication to the city and the Asian-American community and the award of “Architect of Urdu´ given by Elders Council of India in 1997. He represented the United States in the International Mushaira held in New Delhi in 1988. On this occasion he received the prestigious Asrar-ul-Haq Majaz World Urdu Award.
For a long time, Mr Chishti performed editorial tasks for the Urdu monthlies “Pasban” and “Akash” and the English weekly “Munsif” now published in Urdu from Hyderabad. While in Saudi Arabia, he founded “Bazm-e-Urdu” and “Hyderabad Association” and was president of both the organizations for six years. Born in Hyderabad, India, he obtained a BA. Degree from the Osmania University and served the university in various capacities for about 26 years. After his retirement in 1978, he was associated with King Abdul Aziz University for two years following which he held an executive post in a Saudi-owned company for about six years. In 1986, he migrated to Chicago and worked for a reputed real estate company for about five years before he started his own business with his sons in 1991.

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