Determination of an agent

There are a few things that make me write…

Primarily the fury and most of the time, the love.

But this time, it’s something else… which I can hardly name…

Admiration? No… Pride? Not in this case… Inspiration? Ermm… Almost there… Courage? Very close… Determination? Right on…

Yes, the Determination… The determination of Noor Inayat Khan.

“A wartime British secret agent of Indian descent who was the first female radio operator sent into Nazi-occupied France… She was arrested and eventually executed by the Gestapo.”

Noor Inayat Khan AFP/Getty Images

Today a bust has been unveiled in London to commemorate British-Indian agent Noor.

Her story is interesting…

As it appears on BBC World’s website, “She is a direct descendant of Tipu Sultan, the renowed Tiger of Mysore who refused to submit to British rule and who was killed in battle in 1799.

Although she carried a passport of an imperial subject, she had no innate loyalty to Britain. But she did have a strong aversion to fascism…”

Determined to fight against fascism… and not motivated by the ‘civic nationalism’… Committed to her beliefs and ideology she threw herself into a European battle…

Disguising in different forms for every other mission, this Francophone Indian lady was betrayed and was arrested by the Gestapo…

Although she managed to escape from prison she was recaptured only a couple of hours later… Again… Determination…

Despite repeated torture, she refused to reveal any information… Determination…

In September 1944, Noor was shot at Dachau concentration camp…

She died at the age of 30…

Solid determination requires experience…

But the history clearly proves us that ‘the romantic determination’ of early ages can mature itself by a strong motivation…

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