Bishwa Nath Singh
At the old age of eighty, once she an old lady was traveling in a crowded bus in Delhi and there was no seat vacant. After some time a cute and smart lady boarded that bus and a gentleman trying to impress her, vacated his seat. Whereas in turn that young lady offered that seat to that old lady who was standing amidst the crowded passengers. At that the so called that gentleman complained to that young lady by addressing her sister as that he had vacated that seat for her. The quick reply came from the old lady was that one should not mind as the mother always comes before sister.
(Photo of Aruna Asaf Ali,recepient of Bharat Ratna posthumously in 1997)
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
Well,that old lady in question was none else than Aruna Asif Ali widely known for her Spartan lifestyle as she used public transport.Aruna Asaf Ali was famous for hoisting the Congress flag at the Gowalia Tank maidan in Bombay during the Q...uit India Movement in 1942. She was born on 16 July 1909 at Kalka, Haryana and was educated at Lahore and Nainital. After completing her education, she began to teach at the Gokhale Memorial School in Calcutta ( now Kolkata). She married Asaf Ali, a Congress leader in 1928. After her marriage, she began to participate actively in the freedom movement. She participated in the Salt Satyagraha. She was held prisoner at the Tihar Jail in 1932 where she protested the shabby treatment meted out to prisoners by launching a hunger strike. Thereafter she was moved to Ambala and put in solitary confinement. After the AICC passed the Quit India resolution on August 8, 1942, the British government responded by arresting the major leaders of the Congress Working Committee. It was left to the shoulder of that young lady Aruna Asaf Ali to preside over the remainder of the session on August 9, 1942. She hoisted the Congress flag at the Gowalia Tank Maidan and earned the epithet the Heroine of the 1942 movement. The British government tried to arrest her, but she went underground in the meantime. Her property was seized and sold. She began to edit Inquilab, a monthly magazine of the Congress Party. She came out of hiding after the arrest warrant against her was withdrawn. She was very close to Mahatma Gandhi. Aruna Asaf Ali was a member of the Congress Socialist Party, a group within the Congress Party for activists with socialist leanings. She was disillusioned with the progress of Congress party on socialism and joined a new party, Socialist Party in 1948. She did not stay in that party for long and joined the Communist Party of India. She helped found the National Federation of Indian Women, the women's wing of CPI in 1954. This remarkable lady was elected as the first Mayor of Delhi in 1958. She rejoined the Congress Party in 1964 but did not take part in active politics. She received many awards during her lifetime. She was awarded the International Lenin Peace Prize in 1964 and the country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna, posthumously in 1997. This great freedom fighter passed away on July 29, 1996 and the nation as whole suffered a great loss on her demise. Let us join to pay our floral tribute and respectable homage to her!
Dushyant Pundir :
yes u r right .aisa hi hota hai delhi m .
Liked the Simplicity and pay respectful homage to her..... Naman.