Khadija Shafi Tyabji (1880 - 1976)

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Place of Burial: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Death: Died in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Cause of death: Old Age
Occupation: Social & Political Activist, Member of the Bombay Municipal Corporation & Bombay Legislative Assembly
Managed by: Mahir Palejwala
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About Khadija Shafi Tyabji

".. In what ways were the Tyabji's different from a North Indian Muslim family of similar standing? Except few, most of the Tyabji's married among themselves and stayed away from the wealthy, landholding families of North India or of similar character in Deccan and Western India. Rahat Tyabji (1849-1905) as the book notes "had strong views about not having her children marrying into Nawabi families, but wanted people of good solid bourgeois stock". This had a bearing on how the different branches of the Tyabji's responded to subsequent events in the country. The Fyzee sisters had fashioned themselves closely with the Urdu-speaking North Indian elites though it is equally interesting to know that the Fyzee sisters had learnt Marathi. Atiya Fyzee (1877-1967) who later established a school in Bombay would constantly find faults in the teaching of Urdu in Bombay’s municipal schools.

This led to a cold relationship with Khadija Shuffi Tyabji (1880-1976), who perhaps was the most active woman politician among the Tyabji's, which Atiya aspired but never managed to emulate. I wish the book had more information about Khadija Tyabji for she was a long running member of the Bombay Municipal Corporation and the Assembly and was very active on the city’s social and political front. It seems Atiya collaborated closely with Maulana Shaukat Ali though in all fairness I must say that Naazli did collect funds for the Congress as well and was influenced by Gandhi.

Khadija was widowed at an early age and her son, Camar Tyabji (1904-1962) had settled in Hyderabad where he managed few mills while she remained in Bombay. Khadija was also associated with the Hajj Committee in the 1930's and did much for the education of women. Just like Khadija, Dilshad Begum (1879-1924) the daughter of Camaruddin Tyabji (1836-1889), remains forgotten. Dilshad was married into the Murshidabad royal family. She was active on the restricted and exclusive social scene and her early death in 1925 shocked her friends in Bombay and Bangalore where her daughter, Qamar Taj Mirza (c. 1900-d?) shifted with her husband. The Sandhurst-educated Iskander Ali Mirza (1898-1969) who went on to become the 1st President of Pakistan was her son.

Source 1: Excerpts from the Book, "The Changing World of a Bombay Muslim Community (1870-1945)" by Salima S. Tyabji.

Source 2: http://urdufigures.blogspot.com/2014/01/tyabjis-early-members-of-new-indian.html

Source 3: http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/specials/india/300525women.html

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Khadija Shafi Tyabji's Timeline

1880
1880
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
1904
1904
Age 24
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
1911
1911
Age 31
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
1976
1976
Age 96
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
1976
Age 96
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India