Nawab Ali Sarwar Khan
Born 15th. May, 1924- Died 21st. July, 1995
Seasons come and go. Days, months and years flit away. Time never stops it ticks away. People are born, play their part and pass away to the next world; humans are mortal. Soon memories too fade away. This is the way of the world; it has always been like this and always will be. But, some people are no ordinary men they leave their indelible imprints behind and are remembered for their work and contributions. Those are special people with special qualities and attributes. For their work they become part of history and heritage and live on forever. On the 9th death anniversary of my late father Nawab Ali Sarwar Khan these thoughts crisscross my mind. Going through his life remembering the words he spoke and the things he did, the values and principles he espoused and strove for, the visions and ideas that he held I am more than convinced he was no ordinary man and was special in many ways to the people and region he belonged to and his family which remembers him lovingly and prays for him now that he is not of this temporal world, but has journeyed away from this life, far away where no one can reach him. I am sure, as I write and memories flood my mind, there are many who share the same thoughts as me as his death anniversary nears. Long after he has passed away he is remembered ruefully for his work and compassion which touched innumerable lives. There are fond memories of him that rekindle fondness and love we share for him.
My father Nawab Ali Sarwar Khan was the
third and the youngest child of Nawab Ali Haider Khan of Prithimpassa, Langla (kulaura). He was born in
1924 in Kolkata in his father’s house named ‘The
Sylhet House’. He went to school in
There was another interesting facet of my father and that was love for his family. He was a doting father and a responsible and caring husband. He devoted special attention to his family and the development of his children setting aside time for the family and taking keen interest in education and extra curricular activities. He always, without any compromise, was committed to our development in all areas and took time from his pressing schedule to guide and help us. His sense of commitment and responsibility were the bedrock of our development and the harmonious progress of the family.
He had many other qualities and one was his mastery over musical instruments and was gifted with a melodious voice. Some of the instruments he played accompanied by his lilting voice enraptured the listeners. He played the instruments with ease and élan and as the musical notes and his voice wafted in the air and filled the room listeners would be transfixed, enchanted by his virtuosity. Fashion was another area he had mastered and was envy of all. His wardrobe had wide array of clothes pertaining to latest designs and his panache for fashionable clothes was incomparable. His collection proved without doubts the sartorial elegance he had attained. He kept himself constantly informed and updated regarding the changes in the world of fashion. He moved in the highest strata of society and was equally at ease and comfortable in the midst of the common man these were the qualities that quickly won hearts. His individuality doesn’t end there. He was a voracious reader and collector of books. All kinds of books were on his shelves. Whenever he could snatch some time he would immure himself in his study room and bury himself in his tomes. His shelves were chock-a-block with precious and unique books and some were collector’s items; as well as, ordinary books and latest best sellers. He was a connoisseur of antiques and our ancestral home was filled with rare pieces collected from different places and sources. His knowledge of fire-arms, hunting was astonishing. He had a fantastic collection of guns and was knowledgeable about the nitty-gritty of guns, shooting and hunting wild games. In his lifetime he shot many big games and the souvenirs are many from his days of shikar. He excelled in marksmanship.
The area which he was always gravitating to was moving and socializing
with the literati, savants, statesman and eminent personalities of his time.
This exercise developed him immensely and gave him direction. He gave his best
to the development of the masses. He never lost sight of his mission and
responsibilities and worked relentlessly for the emancipation of the people of
the region. During his tenure as Member of Parliament he contributed to the
total development and it was due to his farsightedness and single minded efforts
that electricity was introduced and the villages lit up as supply of
electricity was installed in 1974. This and abundant other consequential
matters he undertook and positive efforts prove without any doubt that he was a
visionary leader with a mind focused on balanced development in all essential
areas. The symbiosis between him and his people was exemplary and set the trend
for future politics, leadership traits and defined relations between the
politicos and the masses. He led a trail blazing life. His life exuded love,
confidence and positivity. He never relented till he
accomplished his mission. He faced challenges with fortitude and conviction. In
the liberation war of 1971 he was Member of Parliament from Kulaura
constituency and later member of the Constituent Assembly after the liberation
On his 9th Death anniversary we express profound gratitude and love. He is deeply and fondly remembered and missed by his people and family who join together to pray to the Almighty Allah for the salvation and eternal peace of his soul.
Ali Hamid Khan
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