Dr. Madusudan Jalali passes away
passing away of Dr. MS
Kashmir has lost an out
standing Veterinarian and an
ace cricketer. He was probably
the first Kashmiri veterinarian.
Dr. Jalali had passed his
Bachleor's degree in Veterinary
Science from Lahore. He was
one of the best players of his college
cricket team. J&K was not
on the Ranji map in his times,
otherwise he would have played
for J&K State on account of his
cricketing ability. Even at the age
65 he used to have net practice
with Rainawari youngsters in
Jogilankar ground, which was
near his residence. He had retained
his cricketing reflexes
even in advanced age.
As a student in Lahore, Dr
Jalali was exposed to the revolutionary
ideas of Shaheed
Bhagat Singh. When Bhagat
Singh and his colleagues were
hanged, Netaji Subash Bose led
2-lakh strong funeral procession.
Dr. Jalali would recall with pride
how he had participated in that
As a veterinarian he served
for long tenures in the frontier regions
of J&K State. At many
places he was the only medical
personnel available. He performed
this job with distinction.
His wife had contracted
Tuberculoris early in life. She
died quite young, leaving behind
no children. Dr. Jalali turned
After retirement for a while he
sought employment in Zaroo
gun factory, to pass off time. He
used to take long evening walks
to Hari Parbhat area, where he
was accompanied by his contemporaries -
Dr. J.N. Kachru
and Dr. R.K. Kachru.
Dr. Jalali was an ardent patriot
and leaned towards
Nehruvian Socialism. To him JP
movement was an 'imperialist
conspiracy', meant to destabilise
India. He was so disgusted with
Indian media over its support to
JP movement, that he stopped
reading widely circulated English
dailies and switched on to lesser
known 'Patriot'. In mid- 1970s he
would be seen arguing hotly with
the supporters of JP Rainawari.
He was in often a lonely voice to
support Indira Gandhi.
Dr. Jalai had a distinguished
lineage. He was son of Pt.
Kailash Koul of Mohalla, Bagdaji,
Rainawari. Dr. Jalali had two
brothers - late Vishnath and late
Niranjan Nath. The former was
a close associated of Pt. Shiv
Narain Fotedhar, the well-known
Pandit leader, Vishnath retired
as Marshal J&K Assembly. Pt.
Niranjan Nath was an avowed
leftist and a prominent trade
unionist in Jammu region.
Pt. Kailash Koul's brother, Pt.
Tota Koul was head clerk in PWD
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He had four sons.
His eldest son Pt. Radhey Nath
Koul was associated with revolutionary
Later, he shifted to Sitapur
(UP) and was a leading civil contractor
there. Other sons of Pt.
Kailash Koul were - Sh. T.N.
Koul, former Foreign Secretary,
Sh. PN Koul, a former Colonel
in Indian Army and Secretary Tibetan
Affairs and Lt. Gen (retd)
Hriday Koul, former Chief of
Dr. Jalali's nephew Sh.
Dwarika Nath Dhar is author of
many books on Kashmir. In his
youth he played excellent
Hockey and was associated with the left movement in Kashmir.