Senior advocate and trustee of Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust Gandhi (SAPMT) Hamid Kureshi died Saturday, following a cardiac arrest while he was having morning breakfast. He was among the last of people who was born and lived at Sabarmati Ashram, founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1917.
Kureshi was 89. His family member said that he was cremated late in the evening as he always wanted. A family member said that he collapsed on the dinning table and breathed his last.
Kureshi practised law at the High Court as well as Supreme Court and penned a book, Agnipariksha, based on his experience during the communal riots and Ahmedabad as a city. One of his sons is a judge in the Gujarat High Court.
Kureshi’s grandfather, Imam Saheb Abdul Kadir Bawazir, was closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi during their stay there and returned from South Africa with Gandhi. He lived with Gandhi at the Sabarmati Ashram. The place where Bawazir stayed at the Ashram is known as “Imam Manzil.”
His father, Gulam Rasool Kureshi, also worked with Gandhi and was part of the forward youth brigade that went to villages ahead of Dandi march for preparations. Few years back Kureshi was appointed trustee and chairman of SAPMT. “He was the last among the ashramites who was born and lived at the ashram,” said Tridip Suhrud, director of SAMPT.
“His most favourite author was Kahlil Gibran. The family has a rich history due to their close association with Gandhi and freedom struggle. They were targeted by the communal forces in the past post-independence when their house at Navrangpura was burned down and the family had to take shelter at Imam Manzil at the Ashram,” recalled Ashok Naik, who was Kureshi’s neighbour for nearly 33 years.