Razik Fareed

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Sir Razik Fareed

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Member of the Ceylon Parliament
for Colombo Central
In office
20 July 1960 – 22 March 1965
In office
30 May 1952 – 19 March 1960
Personal details
Born29 December 1893
Died23 August 1984(1984-08-23) (aged 90)
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partyUnited National Party
Alma materRoyal College, Colombo
OccupationPolitician, Diplomat
ProfessionLanded proprietor
Military service
Allegiance British Ceylon
Branch/serviceCeylon Defence Force
Years of service1915-1918
UnitColombo Town Guard
Battles/warsWorld War I

Sir Razik Fareed, OBE, JP, UM (29 December 1893 - 23 August 1984), was a Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) landed proprietor, politician, diplomat and philanthropist. He was the former Cabinet Minister of Trade, Senator, member of parliament and the state council. He had also served as Ceylon's High Commissioner to Pakistan.

He was educated at the Royal College, Colombo; he was a landed proprietor. In 1915 he joined the Moorish Section of the Colombo Town Guard as a Corporal and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1916 having served during the 1915 Riots.[1]

Moving into politics in 1930 Razik, entered the Colombo Municipal Council where he was a member for 15 years. Thereafter he was voted into the State Council of Ceylon before being appointed to the Senate of Ceylon after independence in 1948. A founding member of the United National Party he retained his seat for Colombo central in the House of Representatives of Ceylon for three times running. He was knighted in the 1951 Birthday Honours.

In 1968 he was sent as Ceylon's High Commissioner to Pakistan. Razik is remembered for the establishment of the Muslim Ladies College with his own land.

Razik is the son of Wapchi Marikar Abdul Rahman, ex-MLC (1868–1933), and paternal cousin of Mohamed yousuf Mohamed shakir,the famous Ceylon Moor building contractor in Colombo, Arasi Marikar Wapchi Marikar (Bass) (1829–1925), who was descended from the Sheiq Fareed family who arrived in Ceylon in 1060 AD.

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