SYED SHAHABUDDIN started his career as an academic but then opted for left-wing politics while practicing law. He later joined the Indian Foreign Service, resigning in 1977 to become a full-time politician. In 1983 he launched Muslim India, a monthly journal. He was closely associated with the movements that arose regarding the Shah Bano Triple Talaq issue and the Babri Masjid. He has written on various issues concerning Muslims and is an ardent advocate for the movement to restore Urdu’s place as a functional language in India.