Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer (1939- 2013) is a celebrated name in the world of academics, activism and human rights. Dr. Engineer was a stalwart as a writer and activist who braved many odds to touch the lives of many and uphold peace, secularism and democracy in the country. He was the founder and Chairperson of the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism. Having travelled many countries where he was invited to speak, he had profound knowledge of the trends in secularism the world over which he conveyed to his readers through his several articles and books. His autobiographyA Living Faith: My Quest for Peace, Harmony and Social Change was released in 2011 by Hamid Ansari, the Vice President of India. His work also won him the Right Livelihood award in 2004. In recognition of his ground breaking work in communal harmony, the government in 1997 awarded him withCommunal Harmony award in 1997. He was also part of the National Advisory Committee which drafted the Communal Violence bill. Having been adorned with such accomplishments in his life, his writings and views will always hold relevance and significance especially in recent times and times to come where communalism takes vicious forms. Thus I would like to sketch Dr. Engineer in words for the readers.