Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Nayyar Hussain, May 16, 2009

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Childhood and background

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Partial Transcript: Will you say your name and today's date?

Segment Synopsis: Hussain talks about when and where he was born. He then talks about his father, who attended Aligarh Muslim University to study law. He also talks about his father’s experience on the cricket team, as well as his own experience playing cricket. Hussain talks about his educational background. He then talks about his father obtaining employment in the coal mines of Bihar (India), which required the family to move.

Keywords: Aligarh (India); Aligarh Muslim University; Bhopal (India); Bihar (India); Brothers; Coal mines; Cricket; Education; Fathers; Government High School; India; Lahore (Pakistan); Law; Magistrates; Sayyed, Hussain

Subjects: Aligarh (India); Aligarh Muslim University; Bhopal (India); Bihar (India); Brothers; Coal mines and mining.; Cricket; Education; Fathers; High schools; India; India--History; Lahore (Pakistan); Law; Pakistan--History

GPS: Bihar (India)
Map Coordinates: 25.37, 85.13
00:05:03 - Pakistan movement

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Partial Transcript: Do you ever remember-- mean, so, do you ever remember hearing your father talk to people about Pakistan or about Muslim League or any of those kinds of things--

Segment Synopsis: Hussain talks about his father’s involvement in the All-India Muslim League and the Pakistan movement, as well as the Pakistan movement in Aligarh (India) in general. He then talks about his mixed-faith neighborhood, which sometimes erupted in communal riots.

Keywords: Aligarh (India); All-India Muslim League; British; Communalism; Fathers; Hindus; India; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan); Muslims; Neighborhoods; North-West Frontier Province (Pakistan); Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Punjab (India); Riots; Uttar Pradesh (India)

Subjects: Aligarh (India); All-India Muslim League; British; British--India--History.; Communalism; Fathers; Hindus; India; India--History; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan); Muslims; Neighborhoods.; Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Pakistan--History; Punjab (India); Riots; Uttar Pradesh (India)

GPS: Aligarh (India)
Map Coordinates: 27.88, 78.08
00:11:15 - Time at Aligarh Muslim University

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Partial Transcript: And when your father was in the university, did he stay in the, in halls or at home?

Segment Synopsis: Hussain talks about his father’s time at Aligarh Muslim University, as well as what makes the university special. He then discusses the history of Aligarh Muslim University, which began as Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College and focused on teaching English to Muslim students. Hussain also talks about the extracurricular activities available at the university.

Keywords: Administration; Aligarh Muslim University; Aligarh Muslim University Riding Squad; British; Cricket; Day scholars; Education; English language; Fathers; History; Hostels; Indian Army; Khan, Ayub; Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College; Pakistan Army; Persian language; Residence halls; University Training Corps; Urdu language

Subjects: Administration; Aligarh Muslim University; British; Cricket; Education; English language; Fathers; History; India--History; India. Army.; Khan, Ayub, 1969-; Pakistan--History; Pakistan. Army.; Persian language; Urdu language

GPS: Aligarh Muslim University
Map Coordinates: 27.915009, 78.078793
00:15:22 - Family's migration to Pakistan / religious education

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Partial Transcript: Did your father have strong, sort of, political feelings?

Segment Synopsis: Hussain talks about his father’s lack of political involvement. He then talks about his mother’s education. Hussain also discusses his migration to Pakistan in 1948. Hussain talks about the religious education he received at home. He then discusses the importance of Islam in his childhood and identity. Hussain also talks about his father’s relationship with Colonel Muhammad Khan, as well as the struggles the family faced after migrating to Pakistan.

Keywords: Aligarh Muslim University; Bihar (India); British; Brothers; Burkhas; Chadars; Coal mines; Colonels; Cricket; Delhi (India); Dubai (United Arab Emirates); Education; Factories, ordinance; Fathers; Governor generals; Grandfathers; Hapur (India); Hindus; Houses and homes; India; Islam; Islamic clothing and dress; Khan, Muhammad; Law; Migration; Mohammed, Maulana; Mothers; Muslims; Pakistan; Pakistan Army; Parents; Politics; Qur'an, the (Book); Reading; Religious education; Shimla (India); Siblings; Simla (India); Sisters; Social classes, middle; Tennis; Uncles; Writing

Subjects: Aligarh Muslim University; Bihar (India); British; British--India--History.; Brothers; Coal mines and mining; Cricket; Delhi (India); Dubai (United Arab Emirates); Education; Factories; Fathers; Grandfathers; Hapur (India); Hindus; Houses and homes; India; India--History; Islam; Islamic clothing and dress; Khān, Muḥammad.; Law; Mothers; Muslims; Pakistan; Pakistan--History; Pakistan. Army.; Parents; Qur'an; Reading; Religious education; Simla (India); Sisters; Tennis; Uncles; Writing

GPS: Bihar (India)
Map Coordinates: 25.37, 85.13
00:28:30 - Life in Lahore (Pakistan)

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Partial Transcript: And how old was your oldest sibling at that point? Working age or younger?

Segment Synopsis: Hussain talks about he and his brothers' schools after their family’s migration to Lahore (Pakistan). He then talks more generally about life there, including participating in his hobbies of cricket and kite flying. Hussain also discusses the food options available there.

Keywords: Brothers; Central Model School (Lahore, Pakistan); Cricket; Desserts; Food; Hasan Abdal Cadet College (CCH); Hasan Abdal High School; Kebabs; Kites; Lahore (Pakistan); Lahore College for Women University (LCWU); Planes, Dakota; Punjab (Pakistan); Shops; Uttar Pradesh (India); Wah Cantonment (Pakistan); Wah Cantt (Pakistan)

Subjects: Brothers; Cricket; Desserts.; Food; India--History; Kites; Lahore (Pakistan); Lahore College for Women University; Pakistan--History; Punjab (Pakistan); Uttar Pradesh (India)

GPS: Lahore (Pakistan)
Map Coordinates: 31.549722, 74.343611
00:40:11 - Life in Aligarh (India)

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Partial Transcript: Was--do you remember in the house in Aligarh was there any household staff?

Segment Synopsis: Hussain talks about his home in Aligarh (India) in the 1930s and 1940s. He also talks about the manner in which the family’s servants were treated. Hussain then discusses the benefits of migrating to Pakistan.

Keywords: Aligarh (India); Carriages; Cooks; Courts; Education; Horses; India; Jobs; Maids; Migration; Opportunities; Pakistan; Schools; Servants; Staff

Subjects: Aligarh (India); Carriages; Cooks; Courts; Education; Horses; India; India--History; Pakistan; Pakistan--History; Schools; Servants; Staff

GPS: Aligarh (India)
Map Coordinates: 27.88, 78.08
00:42:52 - Time in the Pakistan Army

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Partial Transcript: How did you decide to join the army?

Segment Synopsis: Hussain discusses his decision to join the army instead of becoming a professional cricket player. He talks about his training at the Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul (PMA), as well as his family tradition of military, law, and police service.

Keywords: Brothers; Children; Cricket; Degrees, academic; Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG); Education; Families; Fathers; Grandfathers; Hasan Abdal Cadet College (CCH); Hussain, Masroor; Indian Air Force; Law; Law enforcement; Lawyers; Pakistan Air Force Base Masroor; Pakistan Army; Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul (PMA); Police; Quetta (Pakistan)

Subjects: Brothers; Children; Cricket; Degrees, academic; Education; Families; Fathers; Grandfathers; India--History; India. Air Force.; Law; Law enforcement; Lawyers; Pakistan--History; Pakistan. Air Force; Pakistan. Air Force.; Pakistan. Army.; Police; Quetta (Pakistan)

GPS: Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul (PMA)
Map Coordinates: 34.188731, 73.263319
00:49:21 - Attachment to Aligarh (India)

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Partial Transcript: Do you--when--what is your relationship with--I guess, Baji was your cousin?

Segment Synopsis: Hussain discusses his family’s migration to Pakistan in greater detail, outlining what the family chose to take with them.

Keywords: Aligarh (India); Bihar (India); Clothes; Cousins; Families; Migration; Pakistan

Subjects: Aligarh (India); Bihar (India); Families; India--History; Pakistan; Pakistan--History

GPS: Aligarh (India)
Map Coordinates: 27.88, 78.08
00:59:58 - Relationships between Hindus and Muslims

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember when Mr. Jinnah died?

Segment Synopsis: Hussain recounts his feelings regarding the death of Pakistan’s founder, Mahomed Ali Jinnah. He also talks about the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, which prompted the family to seek protection from potential communal violence. He then talks in greater detail about his relationships with Hindus growing up.

Keywords: Aligarh (India); Assassinations; Calcutta (India); Chairman Alexander; Death; Friendships; Gandhi, Mahatma; Hindus; Jinnah, Mahomed Ali; Kolkata (India); Lahore (Pakistan); Magistrates; Muslims; Pakistan Tobacco Company (PTC); Protection; Punjab Boundary Force; Refugees; Riots; Uncles

Subjects: Aligarh (India); Assassination; Death; Friendship; Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948.; Hindus; India--History; Jinnah, Mahomed Ali, 1876-1948.; Kolkata (India); Lahore (Pakistan); Muslims; Pakistan--History; Protection; Refugees; Riots; Uncles

GPS: Aligarh (India)
Map Coordinates: 27.88, 78.08