India’s oldest man passes away
After a prolonged illness, Habib Mian, probably India's oldest man, died at the age of 139. The Limca Book of Records had registered Habib Mian as the oldest man of Jaipur in 2005. KS Tomar & P Srinivasan report.india Updated: Aug 19, 2008 19:17 IST
Probably, India's oldest man, Habib Mian died of the prolonged illness on Monday.
He was 139 years old and survived by 140 grand and great grand children.
The Limca Book of Records had registered Habib Mian as the oldest man of Jaipur in 2005.
Habib breathed his last at 3 am on Monday and he was buried at Graveyard situated near Ghat Gate in the city.
Rajesh Nagpal, a close family friend of Mian said, that grand old man had asked him to come to his house on Tuesday.
"Mian uttered one sentence when I met thim 'mera samay aa gaya hai (my end has come)"Nagpal said.
He said, "I asked him to bless me. Mian put his hand on my head and blessed me".
Habib Mian was unwell since past two-three days.
Family memerbs said that he had dysentery and high fever, which deteriorated in the night.
The doctor gave him injections and medicines stating that Mian was suffering from acidity, they said.
Nagapl who is also the secretary of Civilian Rights and Amenity said Mian had completed 138 years on May 20 and currently he was running in 139th year.
He was born on May 20, 1870 at Rajgarh in Alwar district. Mian was a clarinet player in the band of erstwhile Jaipur royal family and retired on June 1, 1938. Mian was receiving a pension of Rs 1.86 in forties, which had gone upto Rs 2,698.
Habib Mian's grandson Chuttan Mian said Mian did not celebrate his birthday this year as he was mentally disturbed due to the jaipur bomb blasts on May 13.
Mian had gone on Haj to Mecca Four years ago and he got the financial support a British citizen, he added. When queried about his last wish, Mian's grandson said, Chuttan said, "Habib Mian wanted some memorial to be made in his name".
Minorities Commissioner Chairman Jasbir Singh said Mian was the symbol of communal harmony and Pink City would miss him.
Dinesh C Kasliwal, a senior citizen said, he had never seen Mian in dejected mood.
Sayeed Tiranga, a neighbour of Mian said "I used to hear stories about the olden times, which I either saw in movies or read in books".