On March 23rd, I wrote a brief entry about the veiled woman in a picture of the Lahore Resolution day. You can read that entry here. Until the day I saw the this particular picture, this woman had not existed for me, for she had been totally elided from the mainstream history of the Pakistan movement: I mean the history taught and discussed in the Pakistan school system.
Thanks to the internet that mystery has now been solved. One of our kind readers, Mr. Muhammad Ahmed, was able to find her real name and also a few references to her accomplishments. So I take these few moments to share these details and to thank Muhammad Ahmed for his generosity in sharing this knowledge.
The lady in question was named Begum Amjadi Bano who was married to Maulana Muhammad Ali, the man to her right, and she was a participating member of the committee that drafted the Lahore Resolution. You can also find more information about her by using the following links:
I do hope that Pakistani historians will retrieve more and more of such figures and that their stories will be foregrounded in our teaching but also in the media and the public sphere. Inclusion of these silenced narratives is one of the many ways to challenge the phallocentric historiography of the Pakistan movement.
Once again, my thanks to Mr. Ahmed for sharing his knowledge with us.