Begum Hamida Age, Death Cause, Biography, Husband, Children, Family & More

Begum Hamida

Full NameBegum Hamida Habibullah
ProfessionSocial Worker & Politician
Political PartyIndian National Congress (INC)
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Political Journey1965: Joined Indian National Congress (INC)
1969-74: Served as an MLA from Haidergarh (Barabanki)
1971–73: Served as the State Minister of Social and Harijan Welfare, National Integration & Civil Defence
1971-74: Served as the Tourism Minister
1972-76: Worked as the President of Mahila Congress, UPCC
1969-80: Worked as a member of the Executive Committee of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) and the All India Congress Committee (AICC)
1976-82: Served as a member of the Rajya Sabha
Famous ForSelf Employed Women's Association (SEWA)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 161 cm
in meters- 1.61 m
in feet inches- 5’ 3”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 55 kg
in pounds- 121 lbs
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourGrey
Personal Life
Date of Birth20 November 1916
Birth PlaceLucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Date of Death13 March 2018
Place of DeathCommand Hospital, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Age (at the time of death)101 Years
Death CauseChronic Illness
Zodiac sign/Sun signScorpio
HometownLucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
SchoolSenior Cambridge, Hyderabad
College/UniversityOsmania University, Hyderabad, India
Whitelands College (Putney), London
Educational QualificationSenior Cambridge with Distinction in five subjects
B.A. from Osmania University (Gold Medalist)
2 years Teachers Training Course from Whitelands College (Putney), London
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
Political InclinationIndian National Congress (INC)
HobbiesReading, Listening to Classical Music & Mushairas, Travelling, Watching Horse-Racing
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital StatusWidow (at the time of death)
Affairs/BoyfriendsNot Known
Marriage DateYear, 1938
Husband/SpouseMajor General Enaith Habibullah (founder commandant of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla)
ChildrenSon- Wajahat Habibullah (a bureaucrat)
Begum Hamida Son Wajahat Habibullah
Daughter- Not Known
Grandsons- Amar Habibullah (Businessman), Saif Habibullah (Businessman)
Begum Hamida Family
ParentsFather- Nawab Nazir Yar Jung Bahadur (former Chief Justice of the Hyderabad High Court
Mother- Name Not Known (hailed from Banda district, Uttar Pradesh)
SiblingsNot Known
Favourite Things
Favourite LeaderMahatma Gandhi
Favourite Politician(s)Indira Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
Favourite LanguageUrdu
Money Factor
Net Worth Not Known

Begum Hamida

Some Lesser Known Facts About Begum Hamida

  • Did Begum Hamida smoke?: Not Known
  • Did Begum Hamida drink alcohol?: Not Known
  • She was born to Late Nawab Nazir Yar Jung Bahadur (former Chief Justice of Hyderabad High Court) in Lucknow.
  • As a child, she lived with her grandfather, Nizzamuddin Hassan while her father went away to England to pursue L.L.D. – Doctorate of Law.
  • Since her childhood, she showed an inclination towards social service.
  • When she was six years old, her father was transferred to Hyderabad, then a quasi-independent state, and spent most of her childhood there.
  • When Hamida was 14 years old, her father was bestowed with the title of Nawab Nazil Yar Jung Bahadur.
  • While in Hyderabad, she would often visit a local orphanage.
  • Noticing Hamida’s inclination towards social service and underprivileged, her father sent her to London to pursue higher studies.
  • After her return from London, she played significant roles in furthering women’s education and had been the President of the Avadh Girls Degree College (AGDC), Lucknow’s 1st English degree College for girls, since 1975.
  • Hamida had also served as President Talimgah-E-Niswan College since 1975, a school catering to the education of Muslim girls, which was founded by her mother-in-law, Late Begum Inam Habibullah.
  • She was also the founder of SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association) that promoted self-employment for women and the art of Lucknow’s famous ‘Chikankari.’
  • Hamida’s humbleness is reflected in the statement in which she said, “I do not relish being addressed as Begum.”
  • She was also the co-founder of a non-governmental organization, Prajwala.
  • When India achieved its independence, she would have been 30 years old. After India’s independence, she, along with her family, moved to India from Hyderabad; then a quasi-independent state. Begum Hamida
  • After coming to India, her family settled in Lucknow, a place that would always be her home. Begum Hamida House in Lucknow
  • Hamida’s family had close relations with the Nehru family. Her father was a great admirer of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Indira Gandhi was born a year after Hamida was born, and she had developed a close rapport with Indira Gandhi. Indira’s 2 sons- Rajiv Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi were studying in Dehradun, Hamida also happened to be living in Dehradun. Whenever Indira would escort her sons to school after vacations, both of them would meet. Hamida With Indira Gandhi
  • In 1938, she married to Major General Enaith Habibullah, a military officer in pre-Partition days.
  • Her husband, Major General Enaith Habibullah, had also served on the North African campaign, during the Second World War.
  • Her son, Wajahat Habibullah, an IAS officer, has earned the status of being the first Chief Information Commissioner of India.
  • In November 2016, she celebrated her birth-centenary. Begum Hamida Birth Centenary
  • Begum Hamida Habibullah is fondly referred as Lucknow’s Pride.
  • Here’s a conversation with Begum Hamida Habibullah: