KANPUR: Coming across recently a lanky native of Azamgarh district, which earned its name and fame for its so many luminaries in the precedent decades, at least it did not come about to my mind of writing about Colonel Nizamuddin, one of the oldest man of this living planet. Interestingly, he was also a resident of Mubarakpur in that district of Uttar Pradesh. He was 116 years old.
Born in a family of the parents who preferred to name the child as Saifuddin, became relatively popular with the name Col. Nizamuddin and his reputation heightened after he came into contact with a great revolutionary leader Subhash Chandra Bose. His association with that fiery leader started with Indian National Army raised by none other than Netaji himself. He remained active in his mission between 1943 and 1945. According to the historical facts, it was Netaji who gave him the rank of Colonel to him.
He lent his helping hand to the brave leader when he SC Bose came under direct attack in Burma. A fast moving bullet had badly pierced into his back causing concern to the INA soldiers. In the meantime, it was the medical expertise of Captain Lakshmi Sehgal which saved the leader for fresh action in the Indian freedom Movement.
Possessing the prestige of the world’s oldest person in accordance with the date of birth came to be known by a voter identity card furnished by him. He remained alive until February 6, 2017. He died after oldest man Japanese Yashutoro Koide who died in January 2016. Strangely enough, his older wife Zaibun Nisa is still surviving as the report goes.
It was through their bank’s account we learn of their respective dates of birth. He maintained his healthy body because of disciplined eating habit that in the present day is prescribed by trained dietician. According to his near and dear ones he used to savour pure milk, desi ghee and cereals throughout his entire life. Even his son Sheikh Akram once pointed out that his illustrious father’s memory was very sharp in spite of his old weak constitution.
Tributes to Subhas Babu's close associate, Colonel Nizamuddin. I recall my meeting with him. His demise is saddening. pic.twitter.com/9MxaIJuaAF
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 7, 2017
Because of his connection with Netaji and his contribution to the INA, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid him honour by touching his feet as a mark of respect during his election campaigns in the year of 2014. In this regard, a photo frame from the same year shows the PM seeking his blessings, as was reported by the PTI.