Syeda Anwara Taimur, Assam’s first and only woman Chief Minister passed away today in Australia, at the age of 84.
She was Assam’s Chief Minister from December 6, 1980 to June 30, 1981. She also served as the PWD Minister of Assam from the year 1983 to 1985. She served as a four-time MLA (1972, 1978, 1983, 1991). In 1991 she was appointed to the post of Minister for Agriculture in Assam.
She was a leader of the Indian National Congress. Her term as chief minister ended when the state was put under president’s rule for six months.
Besides, she was lecturer in Economics in Debicharan Barua Girls College, Jorhat in 1956. She graduated from Aligarh Muslim University with economics honors. Anwara joined All India United Democratic Front in 2011.
It is to be noted that, Syeda Anwara Taimur who is a notable name in Assam as well as India’s history, did not have her name included in the final draft of NRC (National Register of Citizens), released in July 30.
She passed away in Australia, where she was residing with her son.