Soshme Nurjahan Begum
 
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SOSHME NURJAHAN BEGUM

(1905-1973)

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 years.

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 sources.

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.

 

 
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