Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan

The Test of Time - my life and days

Foreword

Tamizuddin Khan Trust is proud to present to the readers the second edition of the Test of Time, my father’s unfinished autobiography. A valiant fighter for the sub-continent’s freedom from British rule, he gave up a lucrative practice to devote himself totally to the non-cooperation movement launched by the Indian Congress Party. As district Secretary of Faridpur branch of the Congress he responded to the request made by Deshbondhu Chittaranjan to shake off all occupational impediments. After Deshbondhu’s death, he lost confidence in the Congress and joined the Muslim League. He gave up his Khan Bahadur title. After serving as cabinet member twice in the Bengal Government, he was elected to the Constituent Assembly, which sat in Delhi. In the newly created Pakistan he inherited Jinnah’s duties as President of the Constituent Assembly, on the latter’s demise. As speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly he challenged the dissolution of the consembly by an army – supported faction. He had a warrant issued against General Ayub Khan. People of Bangladesh who know very little about him, seldom take pride in this son of the soil who created international news by his constitutional stand D.N. Pritt the famous British lawyer fought his case which was upheld by the sindh court presided by Justice Cornelius. But Justice Muneer and Ghulam Muhammad conspired together and over turned the verdict in the Supreme Court. But for this Pakistan’s history would have been a more democratic one.

We regret losing the obituary published by the London Times. We hope to include it in the next edition. One of the most politically clean and honest men of the sub-continent Moulvi Tamizuddin could truly be an example to be emulated. Instead he is forgotten and put aside in favour of dubious idols. He died before Bangladesh was created but he did put up a fight to save democracy. He was re-elected speaker after fighting his last elections, in extreme poor health. He gave up his home constituency to Lal Miah and stood from Mymensingh contending with powerful zamindars. He always came out victorious in every election. My grandfather’s home was inundated by the Padma seven times leaving the family in a dire state. My father began his life in these adverse circumstances, ending it at the peak of a totally self-made career. Soft spoken and taciturn he seldom projected himself aggressively. It was only a few years before his death that I learnt that he had graduated with Honours in English from Presidency College, before taking his M.A. and Law degrees from the University of Calcutta. Nor did I know that he had published two novels in Bengali, till very late. His life-story, though incomplete gives a vivid picture of the struggle for Indias independence.

Dr. Razia Khan

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