On 14 May 1936 Asaf Ali suggested to Gandhi that an appropriate memorial be raised in memory of Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari who dedicated his life to the cause of the Indian nationalist movement. His idea was to associate Ansariâ€™s name with rural medical aid all over India in the form of Ansari Medical Corps or Ansari Traveling Dispensary. But neither then nor later did such suggestions receive consideration. The Ansari Road in Delhi is the only reminder of Ansariâ€™s long â€“standing association with the city as a physician â€“surgeon, political activist and educationist. Close to it, it now the dilapidated house of Ansari-Dar-us-Slam-once the venue of Congress meetings and the focal point of much political activity in the capital of British India. But not many in the neighborhood are familiar with its significance or have heard of its previous occupant
Sometimes in 1934-35, Mohammad Mujeeb, then a teacher at the Jamia Millia Islamia, undertook to write Ansariâ€™s biography with the aid of a rich collection of papers which included letters, press clippings, pamphlets and books. But the biography was never written. The papers were promptly transferred to a basement in the Jamia Library, and were retrieved in the early 1960s. In the meantime, part of the collection, especially Ansariâ€™s correspondence from 1912 to 1925, was destroyed. Today, little is known of Ansari in the Jamia-an institution he nursed from the time to its inception in October 1920.