In the picture is 104 year old Naseem Beg Changezi from old Delhi. A revolutionary who supplied food to Bhagat Singh hiding in 1925.
Changezi was felicitated by the Delhi Legislative Assembly, after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal unveiled the busts of martyrs Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev in the assembly premises on the occasion of ‘Shaheedi Diwas (Martyrs’ Day)’.
Addressing the audience Changezi said, “This is not the freedom Bhagat Singh would have wanted. He wanted all religions and sects to live together in unity”. In a pre-recorded message, Changezi recounted how he had met the young man with ‘shahadat ka junoon (passion for martyrdom).
excerpt from an article about him, published in 2011:
"I became a member of the Congress in 1925. But my story starts with my great grandfather Mirza Shahbaz Beg, the deputy collector of Hisar, who sided with the sepoys in 1857. He was arrested, sentenced for life, and his assets confiscated. With great difficulty I have managed to get a copy of the order that awarded him life imprisonment," he says.
"My father, Mirza Afrasiab Beg, was an associate of revolutionary leader Rash Behari Bose, one of the founders of the Indian National Army (INA). On December 23, 1912, father was holding the ladder as revolutionaries climbed up to hurl a bomb at Lord Hardinge's convoy from one of the buildings here. Hardinge escaped unhurt. In the confusion that followed, father mingled with the crowd with no one suspecting him," he continues.
Changezi's own participation in the freedom movement is no less interesting. "In 1925, Bhagat Singh was staying here in disguise and would sit at the piao near Kucha Dakhni Rai in Daryaganj. Chaudhary Brahm Prakash, who later became Delhi's first chief minister, had entrusted me with taking food for him twice a day. During the course of our interaction, Bhagat Singh would often talk about his plans of throwing bombs and his Hindustan Socialist Republican Association. Four years later, when the organisation planned a bomb attack on Lord Irwin's train, near what is now ITO, I was part of the group. We were led by Hansraj 'Wireless', an expert in making explosives," he recalls.