World War II spy first lady of Indian origin to get UK plaque honour

London, August 28

Britain’s World War II spy, Noor Inayat Khan, on Friday grew to become the primary Indian-origin lady to be honoured with a memorial Blue Plaque at her former household residence in central London. The Blue Plaque scheme, run by the English Heritage charity, honours notable individuals and organisations who have been linked with explicit buildings.

Khan’s plaque has gone up at 4 Taviton Street in Bloomsbury, the place she lived earlier than she left for Nazi-occupied France in 1943 as an undercover radio operator for Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE).

Noor, the daughter of Indian Sufi saint Hazrat Inayat Khan and a descendant of the 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan, went on to be killed at Dachau focus camp in 1944, having revealed nothing to her captors, not even her actual title. “When Noor Inayat Khan left this house on her last mission, she would never have dreamed that one day she would become a symbol of bravery,” mentioned Shrabani Basu, historian and writer of ‘Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan’.

The SOE was an impartial British Secret Service arrange by Britain’s war-time PM Winston Churchill in 1940 and Noor grew to become its first feminine radio operator despatched into Nazi-occupied France. — PTI

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