CIPLA founder, Khwaja Abdul Hamied: A Great Indian Nationalist

Story of CIPLA founder Khwaja Abdul Hamied can be an inspiration for the persons who want to help the poor.

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Khwaja Abdul Hamied, who joined the National Movement in response to the call given by Gandhiji and Ali brothers, was born on 31 October 1898 in Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh. His father was Khwaja Abdul Ali.

He developed resentment against the colonial rule after witnessing the high-handedness of the British officials and the police during the agitation against to Kanpur Masjid Demolition in 1913.

When Khilafat and the Non-cooperation movement commenced under the leadership of Ali brothers and Gandhiji, he was studying degree in a college.

In response to the call given by Gandhiji to boycott the colleges run with Government funds, he left the college and led the students of Allahabad University in the movement.

When Guardians of the Jamia Millia Islamia met in Europe

Due to this act of defiance, the college management, on the orders of the British authorities, expelled him from the college. In 1921, he took an active part in the Khilafat and Non-cooperation movement as an activist of the Indian National Congress.

He supported the proposal of Ali Brothers and Gandhiji, to establish a Jamia Millia Islamia for those students who boycotted the Govt. colleges, in order to instill nationalist ideas in the Students.

Later, he worked in Jamia Millia Islamia as a lecturer in chemistry. He along with his colleague Dr. Zakir Hussain, played his role in the National Movement.

When the Non-cooperation movement was called off in 1924, he went to England to pursue higher education and later he moved to Germany as he disliked to study in the colonialist country.

Khwaja Abdul Hamied earned his doctorate in Chemistry from Berlin University and toured several other countries in 1927 to acquire deep knowledge in establishing the Pharmaceutical industry and manufacturing medicines.

He settled in Bombay in 1931 and reached the pinnacle of his career in the pharmaceutical Industry undertaking a variety of research projects successfully.


Though he made the pharmaceutical industry his main career, he was not aloof from public life. Khwaja Abdul Hamied extended support to Jamia Millia Islamia running under the guidance of Dr. Zakir Hussain.

He contested as an independent candidate for Bombay’s Legislative Council in 1937 and won. Even though Mohammed Ali Jinnah fielded someone against him and campaigned personally, he could not thwart Hameed’s victory.

He vehemently opposed the Muslim League’s resolution of the partition of India. Khwaja Abdul Hamied, who served the country in the capacity of People’s representative from 1937 to 1962, passed away on 23 June 1972.

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Syed Naseer Ahamed

Syed Naseer Ahamad is a Telugu writer and journalist who has written several books on the role of Muslims in the struggle for the freedom of India. Many of his books have been translated into other languages. He can be contacted at [email protected] and cellphone number 91-9440241727.


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