Nurjahan Begum, an enthusiastic lady in Assamese Muslim
Society was born in 1905. She was made immense contribution to the
Assamese Society as well as to the Assamese literature. Being a school
teacher of a Girls School at Tinsukia, she inspired the girls’ students to
cultivate their minds towards literature. Even the women organizations of
Tinsukia were greatly influenced by her zeal. She encouraged the students
to publish a school magazine named ‘Moloya’. Prativa Devi, a noted writer
from Shillong, started her writing through this magazine. Nurjahan also
wrote a number of poems in various magazines. Her poems, such as ‘Sati
Rahima’, ‘Abahon’, ‘Sukh and Dukh’ were published in Prasarok, a magazine
from Dibrugarh. During that time there was another magazine named ‘Abahon’
published from Kolkata, wherein her two short stories, ‘Snehar Tan’ and
‘Mohila’ were published. Her poems ‘Stuti’, ‘Mahattva’ ‘Prarthana’,
‘Byarthatar Biphal Batari’ etc. were published in ‘Sadhana’ a magazine
published from Guwahati. Apart from writing poems and short stories she
wrote a number of articles also. ‘Muslem Bharat’ a Bengali journal from
Kolkata published her poems named ‘Nivedan’, ‘Tumi’ and also an article
named ‘Assomor Nari Samaj.
She had to lead a painful life after her husband’s
death. Her mind was shattered at the consecutive loss of her family
members. The death of her elder son in low, her second son, first daughter
and also a granddaughter she enjoyed her married life only for eight
Her eldest son Kutubuddin Ahmed was a retired teacher
of Senairam H.S School at Tinsukia. By following the very trend of his
ideal mother he also started writing a number of poems and articles in
‘Assom Bani’ ‘Kachijun’, and ‘Bordoisila’. He published a volume of songs
and poems named ‘Sandhyadip’. Another son Nurjahan, Sujaouddin Ahmed was
the vise Principal of Tingkhang H.S School who composed a volume of modern
poems named ‘Mahimar Sithi’.
In 1931, when Sahityarathi Laksminath Bezbaruah came to
Tinsukia, Nurjahan along with the local people and Mahila Samiti
felicitated them. Initiated by various associations of the locality she
was inspired to observe ‘Joymoti Tithi’.
In 1934 Mahatma Gandhi visited Tinsukia in connection
with the movement of Harijan. Nurjahan accompanied by the members of
Mahila Samiti extended her help by collecting donation from various
In 1935, there came a leader from Punjab named Jamayat
Singh with his wife Amrit Kaur to Assam. They also visited Tinsukia to
collect funds. The Mahila Samiti of Tinsukia in Association with the local
people enhanced their support by collecting funds.
In 1937 Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru also visited Tinsukia.
Being the secretary of the Mahila Samiti Nurjahan Begum felicitated him.
This ingenious lady passed away in 1973 leaving behind
a lot of admirers.