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Book on Indian spy princess launched

A new book on the first Asian female radio operator during WWII was officially launched yesterday.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 11:07 IST

A new book has been launched on the life of 'Spy Princess' Noor Inayat Khan, the first female radio operator of Indian origin to work for Britain during World War II who was shot dead by Germany's Nazi forces.

'Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan' by Shrabani Basu, the London-based correspondent for the Ananda Bazar Patrika, was launched here last night by Indian High Commissioner Kamalesh Sharma.

Sharma said the contributions of Indians to Britain during the war was unparalleled, noting that more than two million Indians had fought during the World War II on behalf of Britain and their sacrifices were being recognised now.

The launch was attended by Ian Jack, well known writer and Editor of Granta and NRI industrialist Sir Gulam Noon.

The story of Noor, a descendent of Tipu Sultan, has been described as one of the most inspirational stories of World War II.

The book traces the travails of the young woman who joined Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE), a secret organization dedicated to acts of sabotage, subversion and terrorism across Europe.

For more than half a century, myths, misconceptions and outright fantasies have crowded around the memory of Noor, who was the first female radio operator sent into Nazi- occupied France by SOE.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 11:07 IST