About Nooh Abbasi
Nooh Abbasi was among the gallant youth of Hyderabad’s, 1942 undergroundmovement fighting for India’s freedom along with freedom fighters like AchyuthPatwardhan and Aruna Asif Ali.Tall and handsome Nooh Abbasi was self effacing. He was a courier carrying vitalmessages among underground leaders. The British put him in jail in Yerawada, Pune for more than a year.
His contemporaries recall with pride that the young Nooh had organised a meetingto condole the death of Motilal Nehru in 1932 and had invited their English Principal onthe occasion. To everybody’s surprise Nooh put a Gandhi cap on the principal’s head.
There is another story connected with the Nooh Abbasi and the Gandhi cap. ThePrincipal of the college W.Turner offered to give him Rs.100/-if he removed the Gandhicap from his head. Nooh Abbasi was reported to have replied that he would willingly remove the Gandhi cap, collect Rs.100/-, purchase 400 Gandhi caps with the Rs.100/-(those days a Gandhi cap was available at four annas) and distribute one Gandhi cap toevery student in the college; the condition being that the Principal would not object to thestudents wearing the Gandhi cap. Mr Turner was taken aback at the suggestion andwithdrew the offer of giving Rs.100/- and Nooh Abbasi did not have to remove hisGandhi cap.
After independence Nooh Abbasi stepped out of political life probably because he could not fit in with any political party though he was closest to the then Congress Socialist Party, but till his death he wore nothing but Khaddar. He and his contemporary in Nizam College Ravi Narayan Reddy were among the few students in the early thirties wearing Khadi when it was a red rag to the Nizam’s regime.
Nooh had high connections in the old Hyderabad State as he was married to thedaughter of Azgar Yar Jung the then Chief Justice but he never used them. Later, when Freedom fighters were in the queue for positions and recognition Nooh Abbasi stepped back. He did not seek any office which is why he did not become an M.P. or an M.L.A while men with less merit or involvement in the national movement found short-cuts up the ladder.
The later years he devoted himself to sports activities. On one occasion when Tammar Patra were being distributed Nooh Abbasi was perhaps one of the few freedom fighters who did not go to the function uninvited. In fact the District Collector called on him athis house to hand it over to him.