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Colonel Mahboob Ahmad: The Hero of Indian National Army

Colonel Ahmad, who played an important role in INA for the emancipation of motherland and left his powerful imprint in history of the Independence Movement, was born on March 19, 1920 at Patna, Bihar. He joined Imperial Army in 1939 as a Captain, after education at IMA, Dehradun and later committing to the freedom of the country became an INA fighter as Colonel as well as Army Secretary under Subhash Chandra Bose. During INA’s adverse period, he worked round the clock providing food, uniforms and medical facilities to the injured and sick fellow soldiers as a trusted associate of Bose, however, subsequent his arrest, Col. Mahboob faced a trial in Red Fort. Post Independence, he was appointed as a diplomat in Iraq and won accolade from Indian people/leadership for his proven abilities at home and abroad. Mahboob Ahmad remained active during his post retirement settlement at Patna and subsequently breathed his last on January 9, 1992. The statement of Col. Mahmood ‘I have only one birth, if I had another thousand births, I would voluntarily submit them all to Subhash Chandra Bose to achieve his aim’ ascribes his paramount dedication to the nation which would be an example for Indians, irrespective of their religious beliefs.

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