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Abdul Latif: The Man Who Supposedly Inspired SRK’s Raees

Latif had over 100 cases against him for charges like murdering, kidnapping, extorting, rioting, etc.

Abdul Latif was the master of illegal alcohol trade in Gujarat. YouTube

By Ruchika Verma

  • Abdul Latif was a famous underworld don
  • He controlled the illegal liquor business in Gujarat
  • He has a long record of criminal activities and political contacts which lead to his downfall

Almost everyone watches Shahrukh Khan’s blockbuster movie, ‘Raees.’ And almost everyone appreciated it too. Not only because of Shahrukh Khan’s or other actors’ performances but also, because of the brilliant story line.

It is believed that SRK's Raees is loosely based on Abdul Latif's life. Youtube
It is believed that SRK’s Raees is loosely based on Abdul Latif’s life. Youtube

Everyone was amazed by the story of Raees, who went from Rags to riches really quick. Everyone enjoyed the movies, however, not many know that this movie was loosely based on the life a real gangster named Abdul Latif, who was a bootlegger of illegal alcohol in Gujarat.

So, who is Abdul Latif?

Abdul Latif was a don in Gujarat, born in the year 1951 in the Kalupur district of Ahmedabad, in a poor Muslim family. He went on to become one of the biggest underworld figures in Gujarat and an associate of Dawood Ibrahim.

He started by serving liquors in local gambling dens as a teenager. As he became older, he became a successful bootlegger, eventually monopolising the illegal liquor business in Gujarat.

Abdul Latif was famous for his ways of doing work and getting work done. Latif had over 100 cases against him for charges of murdering, kidnapping, extorting, rioting, etc.

He was also one of the main culprits during the Mumbai blasts of 1993. He was the main culprit who supplied RDX to the attackers. He was arrested in 1995 in New Delhi. by that time, he had 243 cases against himself and his gang. He was placed in Sabarmati Jail for the trail and was shot died in 1997 at the age of 46 when he tried to escape.

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Abdul Latif and Politics

Underworld and Politics are closely linked, no matter how much they both deny this.

Abdul Latif was a popular face in the business. He was fearless and his risk-taking attitude and contacts made him the pioneer of this illicit liquor business.

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It was Latif’s political connections with parties like BJP and Janta Dal that made it easy for him to run his unethical business. However, when the parties decided to separate themselves, Abdul Latif just became an issue which was rigorously used to win the elections. His name was used by all political parties who wanted to win the Gujarat elections. This lead to the downfall of the Muslim Robinhood, Abdul Latif.

Here is what Prime minister Modi has to say about him :

He was arrested the very same year in which BJP won the elections.

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Prime Minister Modi On Two Day Visit To Abu Dhabi

The sky is no limit for India-UAE ties says, PM Modi

Prime Minister Modi
Prime Minister Modi is on a two day visit to Abu Dhabi, WikiMedia Commons

India-UAE bilateral ties have blossomed in the past four years as never before, largely due to the “excellent rapport” that the leadership of the two countries share, Prime Minister Modi has said, adding that he and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan “regard each other as brothers”.

Prime Minister Modi is on a two day visit to Abu Dhabi, where he received the nation’s highest civilian honour, the Order of Zayed, on Saturday. During the visit, Modi also gave two separate interviews to the Khaleej Times and to WAM news agency.

Modi said strengthening the close bilateral relationship had been “one of the most important foreign policy priorities” of his government. “I am happy that the leadership of the UAE attaches similar importance to relations with India… For this relationship, even the sky is not the limit,” he told Khaleej Times.

He also said that being conferred the Order of Zayed was a “testimony to our growing partnership” and “an honour for the entire Indian nation of 1.3 billion people”.

Asked if the personal connect with the UAE leadership had helped the relationship prosper, he said: “The Crown Prince and I regard each other as brothers. We have developed enormous goodwill and mutual respect. I believe that the excellent rapport between the two of us is an important driving force in realising the true potential of our relationship.

“As a result, India-UAE bilateral relations have grown in the last four years as never before. The excellent cooperation we receive from the leadership, has enabled us to transform the relationship not only in energy and people-to-people contact, but in trade, investments, defence, food and security cooperation.”

Prime Minister Modi
Modi said strengthening the close bilateral relationship had been “one of the most important foreign policy priorities” of his government. WikiMedia Commons

On cooperation in fighting terror and revocation of Article 370, he told Khaleej Times: “India has been a victim of cross-border terrorism for over four decades. Both India and the UAE have a common interest in ensuring that the anti-humanity forces that shelter or promote terrorism in any way are compelled to give up their destructive policies. The UAE has shown full understanding of the strong steps we have taken against terrorism. We have exemplary cooperation to ensure mutual security.

“As far as Article 370 is concerned, our internal steps were taken in a completely democratic, open, transparent and constitutional manner. They were designed to end the isolation that had kept Jammu & Kashmir underdeveloped to serve the vested interests of a few. This isolation also allowed some of the youth to be misguided, get radicalised and take to violence and terrorism. We cannot afford to let these tendencies get any foothold in our harmonious society and distract us from the primary tasks of growth and development of the entire country. I appreciate the understanding the UAE and its leadership have shown for our steps and our reasons for taking them.”

On trade and investments, he said the UAE’s “commitment to invest $75 billion in India is a game changer. There has been a significant increase in flow of investments from the UAE during the last few years in areas ranging from ports, infrastructure and housing. But ours is not a relationship dominated by statistics. It is a strategic partnership based on shared vision and objectives.”

“The vision for the next five years is to have investment-led growth. We are targeting around $1.5 trillion worth of investments in the coming five years. To achieve this vision, the government is working on policies to promote inflows from domestic as well as foreign sources.”

“We have set our sights on becoming a $5 trillion economy in the next five years. The UAE is diversifying its economy, going beyond its traditional sectors of strength. Together, we have the vision and roadmap as well as size, momentum and resources to achieve prosperity. It is a win-win for both, and also for the world. Our economies can complement each other using growing synergies and the presence of millions of Indians in the UAE,” he said.

In his interview to WAM, the PM said he believes that his third visit to the UAE, in the last four years, reflects the desire and will of the two countries to sustain the momentum achieved in the bilateral relationship.

“In this visit, I look forward to further strengthening our all-round cooperation. I also look forward to holding discussions with my brother His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed. I greatly admire his vision. I always find exchange of views with him stimulating and energising,” he explained.

Prime Minister Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, adding that he and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan “regard each other as brothers”. Pixabay

“We have a number of important matters to discuss regarding bilateral relations as well as the regional and global situation. I am confident that my visit will serve to further strengthen our robust and vibrant relations,” Modi said.

“I am very upbeat about the trajectory of our relations and for opening up new areas of cooperation. I think there exist huge potential to make this cooperation a win-win (partnership) for both countries,” he added.

Speaking about the Indian community in the UAE, Modi said: “We are immensely proud that the rich contribution of our community to building a modern, diverse and vibrant UAE are acknowledged and appreciated by the leadership of the UAE.

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“Apart from the Indians whose remittances sustain their families back home in India, we are also witnessing a steady increase in investments into India by some of the top Indian business leaders in the UAE.

“I extend my deepest appreciation to the leadership of UAE for looking after the well-being of the Indian diaspora here like a true guardian. I would also like to thank the leadership of UAE for the steps taken recently to provide long-term visas and other benefits to expatriates.” (IANS)