A forgotten Freedom fighter of East Bengal origin in Assam

Guwahati,Konima Choudhary: Akkel Ali Seikh (15 December 1890 – 12 November 1951) was a peasant leader in British India, Assam. He remained a rural-based and non-colonially educated leader revered for selflessness and solidarity with the oppressed. His short political tenure spanned the British colonial India.

Akkel Ali: A freedom fighter of east Bengal origin from Assam  (15 December 1890 – 12 November 1951)

He gained popularity among peasants and the higher status emerging leadership of Bengali Muslims along with Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani. He is one of the countable disciple of Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani. He was a participant of the Khilafat Movement protesting the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, he led the Muslims of Assam during Line System 1930.

He was one of the countable members of Indian National Congress from East Bengal rooted people from Barpeta ho joined in Quit India Movement. The association of Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani and other progressive Islamic thinkers inspired Akkel Ali against British imperialism. He was been jailed several times for joining quit Indian movement. Akkel Ali is said of revolutionary ideas of political Islam. Due to his Sufi training under Nasiruddin Baghdadi, he developed the concept of Rububuiyat.

The split with his political guru Bhashani among the progressive camp into pro India team as Bhashani declared his support to pro Pakistan team. After the partition of India , he and his family stayed in India but his political guru left for Pakistan.

In 1890 Akkel Ali Seikh was born in Shippur village in Sirajganj, presently a district, formerly a subdivision under Pabna in present-day Bangladesh. He was the son of Gandhu Seikh. Between 1897 and 1909 he travelled to Assam with his father and finally in 1926, he settled permanently at Barbhitha village of Barpeta sub division (presently a district).

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