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Meet 106-year-old Changezi who cautioned Bhagat Singh against British!


New Delhi (ANI):

Naseem Mirza Changezi, who is thriving at the ripe age of 106, has claimed to have met revolutionary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in 1929, while the latter was living in Delhi’s Jama Masjid area and cautioned him against the power of the British.

Changezi, who was himself a freedom fighter, was given the task of ensuing regular supply of food to the young Bhagat Singh while he lived in disguise planning the bombing in the central legislative assembly.

“Shaheed Bhagat Singh wanted to see a free India. He wanted to show the British that in spite of such strengthened security, he came inside the Parliament. I tried to dissuade him, but he would not listen to me. I cautioned him about the British, told him either you will be hanged to death or you will be given life imprisonment,” Changezi told ANI.

Bhagat Singh was hanged in 1931 in Lahore jail, while Changezi is still alive.

“If the government knew about me giving shelter to Bhagat Singh, then even I would have been hanged,” he added.

Expressing disappointment, Changezi said India may have got independence, but it failed to achieve Bhagat Singh’s vision of freedom that sought a society where all communities and religions would live in complete harmony and peace.

“During the British rule, the Indians used to live in peace and brotherhood.this was not the scenario what it is now. This is not the outcome of the dream which we dreamt. We wanted unity, but what is happening? If the freedom fighters come and see this condition, then they would rather go back,” he added.

A freedom fighter himself, Changezi revealed how revolutionary leader Rashbehari Bose formed the roots of the Indian National Congress (INC) in Delhi and taught the youth to make bombs.

“He went to Punjab and taught the youth to make bombs. Then he moved to Japan. Subhash Chandra Bose went there and formed the roots of the Indian National Congress. He was going to Germany for some work where his ship capsized and he died. I was also a freedom fighter, but I didn’t want to die and I wanted to see India’s freedom,” he added.

Bragging that no doctor could uncover his secret to a long life, the 106-year-old said when people ask him remedies for increasing life span, it was simply to eat less, talk less and sleep less.

Going down the memory lane, Changezi shared his fascination of playing Hockey with legendary player Dhyan Chand during his youth.

“I used to practice Hockey in the evening. I was a Hockey champion. Dhyan Chand used to play with me,” he added.

Changezi was felicitated by the Delhi Legislative Assembly on March 23, after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal unveiled the busts of martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev in the assembly premises on the occasion of ‘Shaheedi Diwas (Martyrs’ Day)’. (ANI)

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source:  http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> News Home> City> New Delhi / ANI / May 31st, 2017

Bi – Amma Hostel


The name Bi Amma is given to new hostel on the name of Abadi Bano Begum who was born in 1850 in Rampur, (U.P.) in 1857.

Abadi Bano Begum , popularly known as Bi Amma was an ardent nationalist whose family members had suffered the trauma of 1857 revolt and she had a strong desire to see the country free from British rule.

Despite having no formal education, Bi Amma was an exceptionally devout, courageous and intelligent lady.

Widowed at young age, she shouldered her responsibility of raising her sons with utmost sincerity and dignity. She sold off her property and jewelry to educate her sons at Aligarh and Oxford.

Her sons Shaukat Ali and Muhammad Ali popularly known as Ali brothers joined Khilafat and Non-Cooperation Movement. After the arrest of nationalist leaders,  including Ali brothers, Bi Amma threw off her veil to play frontal part during the freedom struggle.

She collected funds, organized meetings and asked the Indian women to use khadi and boycott foreign goods. She addressed huge gathering and inspired women to play to greater participatory role in the freedom movement. She was a protagonist of Hindu-Muslim unity and campaigned hard for communal harmony and unity, which were imperative to win freedom.

She passed away on 13th November 1924.

The Foundation stone of the Bi Amma Girls hostel was laid on 18th February 2010 by late Mrs. Uma Khanna wife of Shri Tejender Khanna Honourable’ Lieutenant General of India. It took almost two years to complete.

It was inaugurated on 28 September 2012 by a woman of great eminence and protagonist of women’s education lok sabha speaker Mira Kumar on 28th September 2012. In her inaugural addresse and interaction with the hostel residents she has emphasized on women education.

source: http://www.jmi.ac.in / Jamia Millia Islamia Hostel Manual 2013-14 / Girls’ Residence, New Delhi


Govt should celebrate Tipu Sultan’s birth anniversary, Mysore MP says

Mysore : 

Mysore MP Adagooru H Vishwanath on Sunday asserted that the state government should celebrate Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan’s birth anniversary. This way the state can pay its tributes to the brave solider, who fought against British, he said.

According to him, Tipu was a secular ruler and has helped people without considering their religion. He helped Sharada Peetam in Sringeri in Chikamagalur and also had secrete tunnel in Srirangapatna, his capital, which connected his palace to the Sriranganatha Temple. He is believed to have spend time inside the temple praying to Lord Sriranganatha. This explains that he was a secular administrator, he said seeking the government to celebrate Tipu’s birth anniversary (November 10). He said he will recommend it to the Siddaramaiah government.

Coming as it did ahead of the parliamentary polls, his move could attract criticism given that there were opposition to the Congress-led Union government’s plan to start a university for minorities and name it after the Mysore ruler at Srirangapatna recently.

Speaking at Tipu’s birth anniversary hosted by the City Congress at its office in Devaraja Market, the MP said: Tipu lost his life fighting British in 1799 and laid a strong foundation for anti-British struggle in India along with Kittur Rani Chennamma. This is history and cannot be tampered with.

He appreciated the City Congress for celebrating the Tipu’s birth anniversary saying they should revisit and recollect the national leaders celebrating their birth anniversaries. Referring to the directive issued by Veerappa Moily government to display Tipu and Kittur Rani Chennamma’s photographs in the government offices, he said it was a welcome move.

source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Mysore> Tipu Sultan / by HM Aravind, TNN / November 10th, 2013