Interview with Nayyar Hussain, May 16, 2009

Project: Partition's First Generation Oral History Project

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This interview with retired Pakistan military member and Aligarh Muslim University alum Nayyar Hussain begins with a discussion of his childhood in Aligarh (India). Hussain talks at length about his father's experience as a cricket player, as well as his father's profession. Hussain speaks about his own education level as well. Next, Hussain delves into the topic of the Pakistan movement. He talks about the experience of communal riots in his interfaith neighborhood in Aligarh (India). He then switches topics and talks about his time and his father's time at Aligarh Muslim University. Hussain also discusses the family's migration to Pakistan, which occurred via plane. He uses this opportunity to talk about his religious education and the role that Islam plays in his life. Hussain also talks about his father?s relationship with Colonel Muhammad Khan, as well as the struggles the family faced after migrating to Pakistan. Hussain next discusses the difficulties and benefits of his family's migration to Lahore (Pakistan). He talks about his hobbies as a boy there, including cricket and kite flying. Abbas and Hussain also discuss Pakistani food. Hussain returns to the topic of Aligarh (India) to talk about the manner in which his family treated their servants. He also talks about the benefits of migrating to Pakistan, such as facing less discrimination and more opportunity. Hussain then talks about his difficult choice to leave an opportunity to become a professional cricket player and join the army. He talks about his training at the Pakistan Military Academy, as well as his family's tradition of military, law, and police service. Hussain wistfully recalls memories about the place of his birth, including details about the house and transportation. He briefly talks about the relatively few things that the family took to Pakistan. Finally, Hussain ends the interview with a discussion about the deaths of Mahomed Ali Jinnah and Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi's assassination stoked fears of communal violence, causing one of the Hussain's Hindu neighbors to protect the family against threats of riots.

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2016oh285_site014

Interviewee Name

Nayyar Hussain

Interviewer Name

Amber Abbas

Interview Date

2009-05-16

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Hussain, Nayyar Interview by Amber Abbas. 16 May. 2009. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Hussain, N. (2009, May 16). Interview by A. Abbas. Partition's First Generation Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Hussain, Nayyar, interview by Amber Abbas. May 16, 2009, Partition's First Generation Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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