Begum Aizaz Rasul

Early Life:

Begum Aizaz Rasul was born in Malerkotla, Punjab. Her father Zulfiqar Ali Khan was from a princely family. Through her father, she got involved in politics at an early age. She attended political meetings with him and did a brief stint as his secretary.

 

Contribution to Constitution Making:

Rasul was the only Muslim women in the Constituent Assembly. She represented the United Provinces as Muslim League member. In the Assembly she intervened on National language, reservation and property rights, and minority rights.

 

Begum Asul with Ambedkar and SN Mukherjee. | Image Credits: Wikipedia Commons

 

Key Writings:

Rasul penned her autobiography titled ‘From Purdah to Parliament’. She chronicles her journey as a Muslim woman in the Indian political and constitutional moments.

 

Later Contributions:

Between 1952 and 1956, Rasul served in the Rajya Sabha.

Rasul was deeply involved in popularising Hockey for Indian women. For two decades, she served as the President of Indian Women’s Hockey Federation. Later, she went on to head the Asian Women's Hockey Federation.

She was not a part of any Assembly Committees.

  1. During the discussion on the Report of Advisory Committee on Minority Rights Rasul spoke against separate electorates for minority communities. 
  2. Responding to the demands of making ‘Sanskritised Hindi’ the National language, she pointed out that very few people understood the language. Instead, she argued for Hindustani.
  3. During the discussion around government’s power to acquire property, Rasul highlighted the need for ensuring ‘just compensation’.