A companion of Gandhi, Sharfuddin Quadri dies at the age of114 years

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114 years old Freedom Fighter Padmabhushan Syed Mohammad Sharfuddin Quadri died in Kolkata on 30 December, 2015.

114 years old Freedom Fighter Padmabhushan Syed Mohammad Sharfuddin Quadri died in Kolkata on 30 December, 2015.

Sharfuddin Qadri

Syed Mohammad Sharfuddin Quadri had accompanied Mahatma Gandhi on the Dandi March and later spent several days with him in a prison in Cuttack. He was conferred with the Padma Bhushan in 2007 by President of India Dr Abdul Kalam, for his fight against the British rule in India.

On December 30, the Monday night, Syed Mohammad Sharfuddin Quadri, who was affectionately referred to as Hakim sahib in his neighbourhood in Rippon Street, passed away three days after celebrating his 114th birthday.

Syed Quadri was born in the remote village of Kumrava in Nawada district of Bihar on Christmas Day in 1901. His family moved to Calcutta in mid-1930s. Hakimji would begin his day with Fajr (the morning Namaz) at the break of dawn followed by his visit to his chamber, Swadeshi Dawakhana on Haji Mohammed Mohsin Square, where patients would already be waiting for him. He would examine more than 100 patients’ everyday free of cost, says son Sadique.

Syed Quadri, a renowned Unani practitioner who was instrumental in founding the Unani Medical College and Hospital in Abdul Halim Lane in central Kolkata, was born on December 25, in 1901 when Kolkata was still the capital of the country and Mahatma Gandhi had not returned to India.

“My father was imprisoned with Gandhi-g by the British in Cuttack. He would accompany him everywhere during the Civil Disobedience Movement,” said son Manzar Sadique in the family’s home in 84/9 Rippon Street. “In October, Abba had travelled to Lucknow where he was the chief guest at a conference of Unani practitioners. Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had invited him over to his house,” informs Mr Sadique.

Sharfuddin Qadri receiving award from Indian President

Syed Mohammed Sharfuddin Quadri is famous for treating India’s first president Rajendra Prasad in Gaya in 1942-43 for breathlessness.

Syed Quadri was born in the remote village of Kumrava in Nawada district of Bihar on Christmas Day in 1901. His family moved to Calcutta in mid-1930s. Hakimji would begin his day with Fajr (the morning Namaz) at the break of dawn followed by his visit to his chamber, Swadeshi Dawakhana on Haji Mohammed Mohsin Square, where patients would already be waiting for him. He would examine more than 100 patients’ everyday free of cost, says son Mr. Sadique.

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