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This independence activist is some times described as a Muslim socialist


He was born on 18th February 1894 in the district of Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh. He belonged to a Zamindar family. He graduated from M.A.O. College in Aligarh. He joined Indian National Congress and took active part in Khilafat Movement. He played crucial role in the Non-Cooperation Movement in Barabanki district. In 1926 he was selected at the Central Legislative Assembly.

In 1930 he led a campaign for the poor farmer who were unable to pay the tax in Rae Bareli district. For this reason he was arrested and imprisoned for six months. In the year 1937 when congress won provincial election he was appointed there as the venue and prison minister of the cabinet in Uttar Pradesh. He developed the condition of the prisons to make prisoner's life better. In 1946, he was nominated as the Home Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He abolished the zamindari system of Uttar Pradesh. After independence he was appointed as the minister of communications in Nehru's cabinet. During this time, he launched some good schemes including the night airmail service in 1948 and OYT (Own Your Telephone) scheme for a new telephone connection.

In 1952 after the first general election he was given the charge of food and agriculture ministry. During this tenure he successfully solved the man-made foodshortage problem of the country.

He died on 24 October 1954. An award in his name was created in 1956 by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in 1956. In Nov 2011, Government of India decided to rename the Postal Staff College, Ghaziabad after him. In Kolkata, a major street has been named after him to glorify this hero of the Indian independence movement. His Statue is also located in Lucknow and Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi.

A Memorial Institute of Oncology is named after him. He played a major role in donating 20 acres of the Campus land and Rs. 100,000 for the Radiotherapy machine.     (

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Answer to the WORD Jumble: Rafi Ahmed Kidwai