50 years after the 1965 war, the nation is retelling stories of martyrdom and valour of Indian army jawans, who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the sovereignty of India. Among these stories, Param Vir Abdul Hamid’s extraordinary tale has been evoking patriotic emotions among Indians for decades.
But the tale of Abdul Hamid’s daughter Nazbun Nisha, reported by Ghazipur live , is not one that will make us proud, instead it is tragic and shameful. Over a year after her husband Sheikh Alauddin’s retirement from the District Rural Development Authority, she is still requesting the administration to clear his dues. This includes settling leave allowances, gratuity and arrears of the sixth pay commissions, all of which are pending.
On September 10, 1965 in the battle of Asal Uttar, Abdul Hamid saw a group of Pakistani Patton tanks approaching, and bravely moved out to the flank with his gun on a jeep. He opened fire on the tanks and destroyed three of them, before being hit by the fourth tank’s assault that resulted in his death.
On the other hand Nazbun Nisha has been engaged in a daily battle with the bureaucracy, running from pillar to post for her husband’s rights. While her father was killed by enemy forces on the border, Nazbun Nisha’s family has been pushed to the verge of starvation closer home.
After a letter from her mother and Abdul Hamid’s wife Rasoolan Bibi to the CM did not change anything, Panchayat member Brij Bhushan Dubey said he will send details to the CM, Chief Secretary and Commissioner and give a time of 10 days to resolve the issue. If this fails Dubey will sit on s atyagrah in front of the collector’s office, alongside Sheikh’s family.