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date: 12 November 2019

Husain, Zakirlocked

(1897–1969)
  • Aparna Basu

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Husain, Zakir (1897–1969), educationist and president of India, was born in Hyderabad, the third of seven sons of Fida Husain (d. 1905), lawyer, and his wife, Naznin (d. 1911). The exact date of his birth is not recorded as it is said that his mother, fearing the evil eye, did not register his birth. In his passport it was given as 24 February 1897, but in other sources it is given as 8 February. His father belonged to a well-known family of Afridi Afghans who had long settled in ...

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