AHMED, SHRI FAKHRUDDIN ALI, Bar-at-Law (Cong.) Assam-Barpeta—1971, Son of Col. Z. A. Ahmed; b. at Delhi, May 13, 1905; ed. at Government High School, Gonda, U.P., Government High School, Delhi and St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge University and called to the Bar from the Inner Temple, London; m. Begum Abida Ahmed, November 9, 1945; 2 s. and 1 d.; Legal Practitioner; joined Indian National Congress as a primary member in 1931; imprisoned for one year for offering individual satyagraha in 1940 and immediately after release was detained as security prisoner for 3 years till April, 1945; has been a Member since 1936 (except for short breaks) of (1) Assam P.C.C., (2) Working Committee, Assam P.C.C. and (3) A.I.C.C; was Member, All India Congress Working Committee, 1946-47; Advocate-General, Assam, 1946-52; led an Indian Lawyers’ Delegation to U.S.S.R., 1955; Member, Indian Delegation to U.N., 1957; Member, Legislative Assembly, Assam, 1935, 1957-62 and 1962-67; Minister of Finance and Revenue, Assam, 1938-39; Minister of Finance, Law, Community Development, Panchayats and Local Self Government, Assam, 1957-62; Minister of Finance, Law, Community Development and Panchayats, Assam, 1962-66; Member, Rajya Sabha, 1952-53 and 1966; went to Malaysia in 1965 as a representative of the Government of India to participate in their Independence Day celebrations and inaugurations of the international mosque and airport at Kuala Lumpur; Union Minister of Irrigation and Power, January 1966—November, 1966; Union Education Minister, November 1966—March 12, 1967; Member, Fourth Lok Sabha, 1967-70; Union Minister for Industrial Development and Company Affairs, March 13, 1967—June 26, 1970; Union Minister for Food, Agriculture, Community Development and Co-operation since June 27, 1970; attended F.A.O.’s Conference in Australia as a Special Guest in September, 1970.
Hobbies.—Gardening and reading.
Favourite pastime and recreation.—Reading and listening to good music.
Special interests.—Economics and politics.
Sports and Clubs.—Has been President of Assam Football Association and Assam Cricket Association for many years; Vice-Chairman, Assam Sports Council; Elected President, All India Lawn Tennis Association since April, 1967; Member, (i) Shillong Club, (ii) Delhi Golf Club and (iii) Delhi Gymkhana Club since 1966.
Travels abroad.—U.S.S.R., U.S.A., Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, U.K., Germany, Australia, Ceylon, Iran, Hungary and Philippines.
Permanent address.—Lakhtokia, Gauhati, Assam.