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Who is this Raja Khan?

Raja Khan (1913–1978) was an Indian freedom fighter during British colonial rule of India, Rahman was an officer in the Indian National Army (INA) who was charged with "waging war against His Majesty the King Emperor". Along with Gen. Shah Nawaz Khan, Col. Prem Kumar Sahgal & Col. Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon, he was tried by the British at the end of World War II in the famous INA trials that began on 5 November 1945 at Red Fort. Rahman also played an important role in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947.

After completing early education at his ancestral village Khan got enrolled himself at the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College, Dehradun and was commissioned as an officer in the British Indian Army. In 1933 after training from Dehradun joined 5th Battalion, formed by redesignation of 40th Pathans, the 5/14th Punjab Regiment on 29 May 1933. A

During World War II on 15 February 1942 and British Forces surrendered unconditionally to the Japanese. Major Fujiwara addressing the POWs expressed that it was his firm belief that world peace and the liberation of Asia could not be achieved and maintained without a free and independent India. He further said that if Indian POWs in Malaya were prepared to fight the British imperialism for the noble cause of achieving the independence of their motherland, the Imperial Japanese Government would advance all out support. He suggested the formation of Indian National Army. He handed over all the POWs in Malaya to Capt. Mohan Singh, the G.O.C. of the Indian National Army. Mohan Singh was from the same unit from which was Khan. He was a close friend of Khan. On 17 February 1942, Khan decided to join the Indian National Army.

Khan met Subhas Chandra Bose on 15 October 1944 at his residence in Rangoon. He again met him on 26 October 1944 after which Khan was made Brigade Commander of the [Jawaharlal] Nehru Brigade.

Khan had knowledge of Persian, Urdu, Hindi Punjabi and English.

Following the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, Khan chose to settle in Pakistan and joined the Central Superior Services of Pakistan, Deputy Commissioner Bannu, Chief Administrator Northern Area Gilgit-Baltistan, Additional Defence Secretary Government of Pakistan, & Member Azad Kashmir Council.

Khan died and was buried on 26 December 1978 in his ancestral village of Panjeri, in Bhimber, Pakistan administered Kashmir. (Wikipedia.org)

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Answer to the WORD Jumble: Raja Habib ur Rahman Khan
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2015 on page no. 22

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