If you try searching the names of Indian female pilots, you will come across a recent few names such as Saarah Hameed Ahmed, Iram Habib, Sayeda Fatima, etc.

But the truth is that India has witnessed three Indian Muslim female pilots as early as the twentieth century – Abida Sultan, Begum Hijab Imtiyaz Ali, and Zeenat Haroon Rasheed.

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When Sheikh Abdullah (Papa Mian) wrote poem for his daughter, Khurshid Jahan

Sheikh Abdullah, founder of Women’s College in Aligarh, and Begum Waheed Jahan had seven children, five daughters and two sons. Begum Khurshid Jahan, born in 1918, was the youngest daughter.

When she was a kid, there was a rumour that beggars with long beards kidnapped the children and would sell them away. Therefore, Begum Khurshid, when four year old, used to get terrified at the mere sight of any man with a long beard. 

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Sayeed Sultana : Wonder Girl From Hyderabad Who Stunned the World of Table Tennis

Sayeed Sultana was India’s table tennis national champion in 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953 and 1954. Her family migrated to Pakistan in 1956. She too went to Pakistan and continued playing and won championships in 1956, 1957, and 1958. She was the table tennis national champion of Pakistan. In 1959, she retired and passed away on 15th September, 2005.


Begum Hijab Imtiaz Ali: The First Indian Muslim Pilot

‘Meri na-kaam Mohabbat’ (My failed love), a story written by Begum Hijab Imtiaz Ali when she was 12 years old is often considered as one of the best romantic stories ever written in Urdu. The family she was married into was one of the most progressive Muslim families and encouraged her to learn flying after marriage and becoming mother.

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Begum Jahanara Shahnawaz: Who Won the Political Rights For the Indian Women

Begum Jahanara Shahnawaz was one of the two women representatives at the First Round Table Conference, one of the three women representatives at the Second Round Table Conference, and the only woman at the Third Round Table Conference. Later on, when the Joint Select Committee was formed to finalize the Government of India Act, of 1935, Jahanara was the only woman member of it.