About the Author
Princess Abida Sultaan
was the eldest of three daughters born to Nawab Hamidullah Khan, ruler of Bhopal, India. After Nawab Hamidullah Khan became the ruler of Bhopal in 1926, Princess Abida Sultaan was formally recognized as heir apparent at the age of 15. She was brought up to succeed as ruler of the state and was given a thorough grounding in administration, public dealing and statecraft. She was an all-round sportswoman. An adventure-loving free spirit, Princess Abida learnt flying and received her flying license in 1942. She was also a fearless hunter who shot 73 tigers in Bhopal. Princess Abida migrated to Pakistan with her only son, Shaharyar M. Khan, in 1950. She was the only ruler or heir apparent of a major princely state of India to have migrated to Pakistan. Princess Abida was a regular writer in the Pakistan press, defending democracy, women's rights according to Islamic tenets and criticized obscurantist views of the bigoted mullahs through her deep understanding of the Holy Quran.