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Sadiq Ali

(1910 – 2001) – (Rajasthan)

Sadiq Ali (Aged 91) a freedom fighter, was born in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India in 1910. He left home at a young age to pursue his studies at Allahabad University and later joined the freedom struggle, for which he was jailed several times. During his studies, he closely observed the Nehru family leading the freedom movement in Allahabad, and this inspired him to participate in activities with the Congress in the national movement.

He organized a dharna at Allahabad University to boycott foreign goods and liquor, for which he was arrested and sent to jail by the British government. In 1930, he was arrested again for disregarding Gandhi’s salt law. He served as Office Secretary and later as Permanent Secretary of the AICC from 1936 to 1948. In 1942, he stayed with Gandhiji at the Sevagram Ashram, focusing on the Khadi village industry.

In 1943, he was sentenced to two years under personal Satyagraha. In 1947, he strongly opposed the partition of India and criticized the Muslim League’s Two Nation Theory. After independence, he entered politics. He passed away on 17 April 2001.