On 8 February in South Asian history

ON 8 FEBRUARY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 8, 2017

1897: Birth of Dr Zakir Husain, president of India (May 1967 to May 1969), who died on 3 May 1969
http://www.liveindia.com/freedomfighters/12.html
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/dr-zakir-hussain-5298.php

Zakir Husain

1936: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru succeeds Gandhi as chairman of India Congress Party
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/jawaharlal-nehru.html
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Jawaharlal_Nehru

1936-02-08  Nehru succeeds Gandhi

1941: Birth of Jagjit Singh, Indian ghazal singer, songwriter and musician, who died on October 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagjit_Singh
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/8-feb-1941-jagjit-singh-famous-ghazal-singer-was-born

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqRCVdotF1U

1943: Under the command of Major General Orde Wingate, the 77th Indian Brigade, also called the Chindits, launch guerrilla raids behind Japanese lines in Burma
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/britains-indian-brigade-begins-guerrilla-operations-in-burma
http://www.chindits.info/Longcloth/Main.htm

1943: Birth of Pirzada Qasim, Pakistani poet and Vice-Chancellor of Karachi University
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirzada_Qasim

1955: The Government of Sindh (India) abolished Jagirdari system in the province. One million acres (4000 km²) of land thus acquired is to be distributed among the landless peasants
http://www.yourarticlelibrary.com/paragraphs/abolition-of-jamindars-and-jagirdars-system-in-india/32012/

1993: Death of N. Shanmugathasan, Sri Lanka communist leader, born in 1920
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._Shanmugathasan

2004: Sri Lanka’s president Chandrika Kumaratunga, opposed to her Prime Minister Ranil Wrickramasinghe on the way to solve the Tamil question, dissolves the parliament, one year after the last elections

2005: E. Kausalyan, political leader of separatist LTTE for East of Sri Lanka, is killed in an ambush. The Tigers (LTTE) break off all relations with the government
http://www.tamilweek.com/Kausalyan.html
http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/38304

E. Kausalyan

2006: In Nepal, failure of the local elections organized by the king because the threats of the Maoist rebellion and the boycott of the opposition parties. Only 21 % of the electorate went to vote

2010: Sri Lanka presidential election loser General Sarath Fonseka is arrested
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/02/20102816287441879.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8504882.stm

2011: Thousands of Sri Lankan opposition activists staged a protest outside a jail on Tuesday to demand the release of former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110208-262496.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12387300

2012: Thousands of supporters of Mohamed Nasheed, who says he was forced to resign as the president of Maldives, have taken to the streets to protest over what they are calling a coup
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/201228593123326.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16945764
http://www.france24.com/en/20120208-maldives-president-says-resignation-was-coup-waheed-nasheed

2013: Hundreds of thousands of people are rallying in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, calling for the death penalty for Islamists on trial for war crimes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21383632

 

Holidays and observances

Nirvana Day, an annual Buddhist festival



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