“Great luminaries become immortal in the annals of time through their deeds and innate qualities. The best way we can pay tribute to such great luminaries is by inculating the ideals they stood for and by steadily taking forward the work initiated by them”
General Shah Nawaz was Indian freedom fighter (I.N.A). He was captured during the Second World War where Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose encouraged him to join the Indian National Army, to fight the British Empire. At the conclusion of the war, the government of British India brought some of the captured INA soldiers to trial on treason charges. The prisoners would potentially face the death penalty, life imprisonment or a fine as punishment if found guilty. After the war, Lt. Col. Shahnawaz Khan, Colonel Prem Sehgal and Colonel Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon were put to trial at the Red Fort in Delhi.The three defendants were defended by Sir Tej Bahadur Sapru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Bhulabhai Desai and Aruna Asif Ali others based on the defence that they should be treated as prisoners of war as they were not paid mercenaries but bonafide soldiers of a legal government, the Provisional Government of Free India, or the Arzi Hukumate Azad Hind.
Further Service to the Nation- After the freedom movement , he was invited by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to join the cabinet for minister Railways and transport(1952-1956)(1957-1964),minister of food and agriculture(1965),minister of labour and employment and rehabilitation(1966),minister of steel and mines and minister of petroleum and chemical(1971-1973),minister of petroleum and chemical and minister of agriculture and irrigation(1974-1975,minister of Agriculture and irrigation(1975-1977),chairman of National Seeds Corporation Ltd ,concurrently was the Chairman, Food Corporation of India .
Late General Shah Nawaz Khan was also one such great luminary who heroically laid down his life at the altar of duty. By establishing and keeping alive his ideals, we can pay an honest tribute to him and immoratize the supreme sacrifice he made for the nation.