Sunday, December 24, 2017

Nakki Ahmed Choudhry

Date of Birth: 25th December, 1914 and Date of Death: 6th December, 1996
Nakki Ahmed Choudhry, a member of the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fouj) led by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, was born on 25th December, 1914 to Moulvi Ameerullah and Bibi Khadija alias Hatom Bibi in Keikhu village in East Imphal in the present Manipur state.  He did his Matriculation from Calcutta University, but could not pursue higher education since there was no college in Manipur by that time.  As he was fond of social service since his young age, he became a member in the ‘Nikhil Manipur Mahasabha’ and participated actively in its service activities.  He also played an active role in the ‘Meitei Women’s Revolt’, when the women of Manipur revolted against the atrocities of the British rulers.  He travelled to Jorhat in Assam state in search of livelihood in 1941, where he joined the British Indian Army.  When Japan defeated the British and captured its areas at early stages of Second World War, the British Indian troops were caught as war prisoners by Japan.  The Indian war prisoners of the British Indian Army later joined in the Indian National Army led by Subhash Chandra Bose.  Nakki Ahmed was entrusted with some special responsibilities by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose personally.  He used to reach the targeted areas prior to the troops and motivate the people towards the revolt against the British, to create a positive environment for the Indian National Army.  After the successful completion of this task, Nakki Ahmed promoted as Major.  As the situation changed, he was caught by the British spies.  He faced trial in the Military Court, where he was acquitted.  After his acquittal, he returned to his native place in May, 1946.  When he reached his native place, he was welcomed by a local village leader, who rose from his seat and saluted him in the public programme.  Later on he had to work in several odd jobs for his livelihood in his native place.  He spent his later life, narrating the sacrifices of the heroes of the Indian National Army to the students and teaching the youth about their responsibility towards the protection of the Independence of the country.  Major Nakki Ahmed Choudhry, who was a lifelong patriot, died on 6th December, 1996.

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