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Ahmad Bakhsh Sindhi

Ahmad BakhSh Sindhi
Born (1917-10-22)22 October 1917
Died 28 April 2000(2000-04-28)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Politician

Ahmad Bakhsh Sindhi (22 October 1917 – 28 April 2000) was Law and Justice Minister in Rajasthan, India from 1983 till 1985.

Private life

Ahmad Bakhsh Sindhi was born to Haji Mola Bakhsh Sindhi and his wife, Saira Hazan in Bikaner, Rajasthan. Sindhi was primarily raised and educated by his mother because his father died when he was 8 years old due to choking on a bone.

In 1944, Sindhi was a gold medalist/top achiever during his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Laws studies at prestigious Aligarh Muslim University in the city of Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, India. From 1944 till 1947, he was a lecturer in philosophy at Dungar College in Bikaner.

On 6 June 1945, Sindhi married Ameena Begum of Bikaner. The couple had five daughters and one son.

Political career

Sindhi’s first political achievement was being appointed to the position of Cabinet Minister for the independent state of Bikaner by its Maharaja, Sir Sadul Singh, in 1948.

From 1949 till 1980, Sindhi practiced law in the Rajasthan High Court in Jodhpur's Zeb Manzil. He was known for feeding the poor there as well as his overall social work for the lower class in the area. One notable instance was his campaign to help people get housing instead of living on the street by the Sardarpura Cemetery.

During a 1971 debate regarding the Indo-Soviet Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation, Sindhi is cited to have tried to add the amendment to the treaty.

"...If any country invades us [India], we shall depend solely on our own defensive resources and will try to obtain as much aid from other friendly countries as possible"[1]

In 1980, he was elected to the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly (or Vidhan Sabha), representing the city of Jodhpur, India. Soon after, Sindhi was named Deputy Speaker of the Rajasthan Assembly for one year.

It was in 1983 when he reached the pinnacle of his political career, when he became Law and Justice Minister in Shiv Charan Mathur’s ministry by Indira Gandhi. He retained this position until March 1985.

Life after politics

Sindhi spent the next few years of his life alternating between life in India and in the US to visit his children and grandchildren. By 1994, he eventually settled down in the US, living with his wife and their son.

Sindhi had a cardiac arrest in 2000, and was taken to William Beaumont Hospital in Detroit. He died on 28 April 2000 from complications of his cardiac arrest. At his bedside was his daughter, Naseem Salim.

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