Thursday, December 21, 2017

Haji Usman Sait Khilafathwale



‘KHILAFATHWALE’ HAJI USMAN SAIT
Date of Birth: 1887/1900 and Date of Death: 1932
            Haji Usman Sait, who was known for his generosity and acclaimed as the ‘Cash bag of Indian National Congress’ was born in 1887/1900 in Bangalore, presently capital of Karnataka State.  His ancestors hailed from Kuch region of Gujarat state and settled in Bangalore.  Born into a wealthy family of merchants, Usman Sait along with his father made a fortune in National and International trade which they did with good business acumen.  They established a shopping complex called ‘Cash Bazaar’ in the heart of Bangalore City.  He joined Khilafat Movement in 1919 soon after he came to known about it.  When he came into contact with ‘Ali Brothers’ and Mahatma Gandhi, he participated in it very actively.  He soon came to be called ‘Khilafathwale’ Usman Sait.  He took membership of Indian National Congress on the advice of Gandhiji and became his ardent follower.  Haji Usman Sait made a bonfire publicly of all the foreign goods in his ‘Cash Bazar’ stores, worth lakhs of rupees as a part of Swadeshi Movement.  He suffered great loss when the British Government was angered at this act of defiance and imposed sanctions on his business.  On the advice of Gandhiji, Haji Usman Sait started ‘Swadeshi School’ in Bangalore in 1920 for the students who boycotted Government schools.  He never sent his children to English school.  He wore Khadi till his last breath.  He used to give blank cheques to Indian National Congress whenever it had financial need.  Haji Usman Sait handed over blank cheques and bags of gold coins to Ali Brothers, Gandhiji and Jawaharlal Nehru.  He kept his generosity by selling his luxurious bungalows one after one.  On one occasion, when Haji Usman Sait did not have money to donate it to Indian National Congress, he put his elder son Ebrahim to public auction.  A close friend of Haji Usman Sait took part in the auction and won the auction bid.  He gave the total proceeds of auction as well as Ebrahim to Haji Usman Sait.  Then Haji Usman happy donated the proceeds of auction to Indian National Congress.  Haji Usman Sait lived upto to the title ‘Cash Bag of Indian National Congress’ till his last breath and left nothing for his Children.  Leaving the priceless message ‘If you want to live, live for India… if you want to die, die for India’ to his children.  ‘Khilafathwale’ Haji Usman Sait passed away in 1932 in Bangalore.

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