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Award Winning Living Florence Nightingale – TahiraHashim Ali Khan

Tahira Hashim Ali Khan
Ms. Tahira Hashim Ali Khan was the only person from Andhra Pradesh to be awarded the Florence Nightingale National Award by the then President of India, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam at Rashrapati Bhavan on 12th May 2007 for her contribution to the nursing profession and dedicated service to the community. On the whole, 17 nurses were awarded for their distinguished services. The award was reinstated after a gap of 21 years.

Florence Nightingale served the wounded in the Crimean war in 1854 as a nurse and gave a lot of support to them both physically and spiritually. She dedicated herself to public service and set up several nursing training schools in the United Kingdom. In remembrance of her dedicated service to the nursing profession, her birthday on the 12th of May is celebrated as the International Day of Nurses.

Profile: Ms Tahira Hashim Ali Khan, a Hyderabadi, dedicated her life to the service of the community as a nurse. She was the Principal of College of Nursing at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (1959 to 1985) prior to her retirement. She was also the Superintendent of Health School in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and Assistant Superintendant of Niloufer Health School, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

Her background both personal and professional are impeccable. She is the daughter of Justice Hashim Ali Khan, who was a High Court Judge. She is the youngest in a family consisting of 6 daughters and a brother.

She completed her Bachelor of Science (Honors) from Delhi University and was awarded a scholarship at Boston University, USA by the W.H.O. for pursuing her Masters of Science in Nursing. Subsequently, she was awarded another scholarship for pursuing a M.A. in Administration at Teacher’s College, Columbia University by the U.S. Government, which again gave her another scholarship to pursue her Masters in Education.

Tahira has worked in the slums in Hyderabad as well as in Harlem, New York. She is very empathetic towards the poor. Even today at 78, she patiently listens to the problems of the poor and spends her time trying to educate a needy student. Her simplicity, charm, and gracefulness are very endearing.

She spends a lot of her time gardening and donates money generously to the downtrodden. The independent streak in her personality is indeed worth emulating. As a self-achiever, she inspires others to take up challenges in life with courage and conviction.

1 response to Award Winning Living Florence Nightingale – TahiraHashim Ali Khan

  1. Circa : around 1986-87.
    Location : Rd. No. 1 Banjara Hills.

    As a youngster, I had an opportunity of meeting Mrs. Tahira., and her daughter… who probably lived in Canada ! Mrs. Tahira was old even then… but graceful. The home had tiled sloping roofs and the small porch was built in Kashmiri Style. During conversation i realised., she was the daughter of Mr. Hashim Ali Khan, Judge Hyd. High Court.

    I sat down… The name of “Hashim Ali Khan” was rocking my brain. There was a history to it. Out of courtesy., i could not talk to the lady… We were taught to respect the elderly… I felt like suffocating inside the room… Citing uneasiness., i walked out of the door ! She came to see me off… to the door.

    I knew.. this was the daughter of “Hashim Ali Khan”… in whose home… Nawab Bahadur Yar Jung had died (was poisoned.. w/powdered Pottasium Cyanide brought from Germany !). I wanted to ask her., first-hand… to hear her version of the story… but civility did forbid ! I do not blame her… its not her fault.. but even God cannot change the past…

    I passed by her home… dozens of times… but never rang her bell… after that meeting. I wanted to sit.. and ask her.. but i felt.. of what use will it be. It is part of Hyderabadi history now… and everyone believes Nawab Bahadur Yar Jung was posioned… There was a party… but no food was cooked for it… etc etc. I also saw… Nawab Mir Akbar Ali Khan many times… and he was very kind to me… but out of courtesy… i could never muster the courage.. to sit.. and ask him.. for his version of what exactly happened… as he was present in that room… And who was Dr. Miss. Mehdi Ali… and what was she doing ?? etc. etc… How and why did the Hooka disappear… and why was it found in the trash can 3 weeks later… why was no autopsy conducted… to clarify doubts… and why did the Nizam VII prohibit it… etc.

    I do not want to cause Mrs. Tahira any hurt.. now that she herself is old… and has seen life. But this is a doubt… that remains with me.. When i meet the elders… i do not ask.. for reasons of respect… and they.. remain silent… and die. It was imperative for Mr. Hashim Ali Khan himself.. to put his version in black and white… as an answer to history… and if he did not do it.. atleast his children…

    Kind regards.
    S

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