Begum Abida Ahmed
First Lady of India
In role
24 August 1974 – 11 February 1977
PresidentFakhruddin Ali Ahmed
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Vice PresidentGopal Swarup Pathak
B.D. Jatti
Preceded bySaraswati Bai
Succeeded byShrimati Sangamma
Personal details
Born17 July 1923
Badaun district, Uttar Pradesh
Died7 December 2003 (aged 80)
New Delhi
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
Childrentwo sons and one daughter
EducationAligarh Muslim University

Begum Abida Ahmed (17 July 1923 – 7 December 2003)[1][2][3] was an Indian politician, First Lady of India from 1974 to 1977, and the wife of the fifth President of India Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (1974–1977).[4] She was twice member of the Lok sabha from Bareilly parliamentary constituency of Uttar Pradesh in 1980 and 1984.[5]

Early life

She was born on 17 July 1923 at Sheikhupur, Badaun, Uttar Pradesh to Mohammad Sultan Hyder 'Josh'.[1] Ahmed was educated from Women's College, Aligarh, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.[6]

Career

Tributes

Shamsul Hasan made a life-size statue of "Ghalib", which had been ordered by Ahmed.[10]

A train was named after her: the Abida Begum Express: Delhi Jn. - Raxaul. It has since been renamed. It is now called Satyagrah Express.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b 8th Lok Sabha: Members Bioprofile Archived 15 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine Lok Sabha website.
  2. ^ "LOK SABHA DEBATES: Obituary References". Lok Sabha. 23 December 2003. Archived from the original on 20 June 2006.
  3. ^ "Loharu". Archived from the original on 15 October 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  4. ^ Special, Judith (25 October 1974). "India's First Lady Moves Into the Official Spotlight". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ "PM condoles Death of Begum Abida Ahmed". PIB, Prime Minister's Office (India). 10 December 2003.
  6. ^ "About the School". Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  7. ^ "08 Lok Sabha | Indian Muslims". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  8. ^ "About - God's Grace School". Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  9. ^ "The royal touch". The Hindu. 7 January 2010. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  10. ^ The Queen of Oudh - Begum Hazrat Mahal in Papier Mache
  11. ^ [IRFCA] Indian Railways FAQ: Train Names