Khaja hails from Paloncha in Khammam district of Telangana. He is a postgraduate in political science and Telugu literature, and his PhD thesis was titled ‘Portrayal of Muslim life in Telugu and Urdu Short Stories’. A pioneer of Muslim poetry in Telugu, he published a poetry anthology Fatwah (1998), and a polemic, Muslimvada Tatvikata (A Literary Philosophy of Muslimism; 2005). A social activist, he has earlier worked in various rural development projects in the AP Government, and is at present with the Telugu film industry.
Year: 2014-15