Begum Abida Ahmed

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Begum Abida Ahmed
First Lady of India
In office
24 August 1974 – 11 February 1977
Personal details
Born 17 July 1923
Budaun district, Uttar Pradesh
Died 7 December 2003 (aged 80)
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
Children two sons and one daughter
Religion Islam

Begum Abida Ahmed (17 July 1923 – 7 December 2003)[1][2][3] was an Indian politician and the wife of the fifth President of India Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (1974–1977), who twice remained member of the Lok sabha from Bareilly (Lok Sabha constituency), Uttar Pradesh in 1980 and 1984.[4]

Early life[edit]

She was born on 17 July 1923 at Sheikhupur, Badaun, Uttar Pradesh to Mohammad Sultan Hyder 'Josh'.[1] Ahmed was educated from Women's College, Aligarh, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.[5] She is the direct descendant of great Sufis Baba Fariduddin Ganjshakar and Sheikh Salim Chishti.


  • She was member of Lok Sabha, elected twice from Bareilly (Lok Sabha constituency), Uttar Pradesh.[6]
  • Ahmed founded God's Grace which was registered with the Registrar of Societies under the Indian Societies Registration Act.[7]
  • She was member of India Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC), a society registered in April 1981.
  • Ahmed formed Humsub Drama Group in 1974 for Urdu theatre.[8]

Television production[edit]

She Produced TV serials Kahani Shahjahanabad Ki & Shershah Suri

Both Directed by Gurbir Singh Grewal and telecast on DD National.


Shamsul Hasan made a life-size statue of "Ghalib", which had been ordered by Ahmed.[9]

A train was named after her: Abida Begum Express: Delhi Jn. - Raxaul. It was used only briefly.[10]

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