Mukarram Jah

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Mukkaram Jah
Pretender
AsafJahVIII-Dürrühshehvar 1stOfficialPic 1934.jpeg
Born (1933-10-06) 6 October 1933 (age 81)
Hilafet Palace, Nice, France
Title(s) Nizam of Hyderabad, Imperial Prince of the Ottoman Empire
Throne(s) claimed Hyderabad State
Pretend from 1959-1974
(Imperial Prince of the Ottoman Empire)
24 February 1967-present
(Titular Nizam of Hyderabad)
From 1995 (Imperial Prince of the Ottoman Empire)
Monarchy abolished 1948
Last monarch Mir Osman Ali Khan ,Asaf Jah VII
Connection with Grandson
Royal House Paternal: House of Asaf Jah
Maternal: Imperial House of Osman
Father Azam Jah
Mother Princess Durru Shehvar, Imperial Princess of the Ottoman Empire
Spouse Princess Esra Birgin
(1959-1974 divorced)
Aysha Simmons
(1980-1989 widowed)
Manolya Onur
(1990-1996 divorced)
Jameela Boularous
(From 1993)
Princess Orchedi
(From 1995)
Children Prince Azmet Jah (b. 1960)
Sahibzadi Shehkyar Begum (b. 1964)
Walashan Nawab Sahibzada Mir Alexander Azam Khan (b. 1979)
Walashan Nawab Sahibzada Mohammod Umar Khan (b. 1983)
Nilufer (b. 1991)
Zairin (b. 1994)
Predecessor Mir Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII

Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah Asaf Jah VIII, Beyefendi (born 6 October 1933), less formally known as Mukarram Jah, became the titular Nizam of Hyderabad on the death of his grandfather in 1967.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Background[edit]

Mukarram Jah was born to Azam Jah and Durru Shehvar and the grandson of Osman Ali Khan, the last reigning Nizam of Hyderabad state, and also the grandson of the last Ottoman Caliph, ‘Abdu’l-Mijid II.[2] Jah was educated at The Doon School and then in England at Harrow School, Cambridge University (Peterhouse), the London School of Economics and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.[3][4]

Mukarram Jah had a close relationship with India's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who reportedly wanted him to become his personal envoy or an ambassador to a Muslim country.[5] His two main palaces in Hyderabad—Chowmahalla and Falaknuma—were restored and opened to the public, the former as a museum highlighting the Nizam era and the latter as a luxury hotel opened in February 2010 after renovating and restoring for about ten years (under lease to the Taj Group).[6]

Like his father, Mukarram was the richest man in India till the 1980s. However in the 1990s most of his ancestral assets were lost to rival claimants in legal disputes. His net worth is estimated $1 billion[7][8]

Marriages[edit]

Mukarram Jah married Turkish Princess Esra Birgin (b. 1938) in 1959.[1][9] Jah left his Hyderabad palace for a sheep station in the Australian outback and divorced his wife, who did not want to move with him.[10] In 1980 he married a former air hostess and employee of the BBC, Helen Simmons;[11] she converted to Islam and changed her name to Aysha. After her death, he married Manolya Onur, a former Miss Turkey in 1990, and divorced her in 1996.[10][11][12]

He married Jameela Boularous, from Morocco, in 1993,[13] and he married again in 1995[14] Princess Orchedi, who is Turkish.[3][15]

Issue[edit]

By Esra Birgin he had:

  • Walashan Nawab Sahibzada Mir Azmet Ali Khan (b. 1960), also known as Azmet Jah, married 1996, has worked as a cameraman.[3][10][16]
  • Sahibzadi Shehkyar Begum (b. 1964), unmarried and without issue[17]

By Helen Simmons he had:

  • Walashan Nawab Sahibzada Mir Alexander Azam Khan (b. 1979)[17]
  • Walashan Nawab Sahibzada Mir Mohammod Umar Khan (b. 1983)[17]

By Manolya Onur he had:

  • Nilufer (b. 1991)[11]

By Jameela Boularous he had:

  • Zairin (b. 1994)

Full style[edit]

In the Ottoman Empire

His Imperial Highness Prince Asaf Jah VIII, Imperial Prince of the Ottoman Empire

In Hyderbad State

His Exalted Highness Prince Rustam-i-Dauran, Arustu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamaluk, Asaf Jah VIII, Muzaffar ul-Mamalik, Nizam ul-Mulk, Nizam ud-Daula, Nawab Mir Barakat 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Sipah Salar, Fath Jang, Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar (through paternal lineal descent),

Military Titles

Honorable Lieutenant-General

Palaces[edit]

The palaces he owns

Nanny carrying the prince from board after arrival in Bombay, 1934

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Zubrzycki, John (2006), The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outback, Pan Macmillan Australia Pty, Limited, ISBN 1-4050-3722-9 
  2. ^ Princess Durru Shehvar passes away, The Hindu, 2006-02-09 
  3. ^ a b c Buyers, Christopher (August 2008). "Hyderabad: The Asaf Jahi Dynasty Genealogy". Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  4. ^ Singh, Kishore (2007-03-30), India's wealthiest man the country forgot, Business Standard 
  5. ^ Nehru had big plans for me, says Mukarram Jah, The Times of India, 2010-03-14 
  6. ^ Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad - Opening February 2010, February 2010 
  7. ^ Natwest Bank account freeze
  8. ^ Costliest divorce in India
  9. ^ Guruswamy, Mohan (May 2008). "Books: The Last Nizam by John Zubrzycki. Picador India, Delhi, 2006.". City of Hope: a symposium on Hyderabad and its syncretic culture. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  10. ^ a b c Dalrymple, William (2007-12-08), The lost world, Guardian 
  11. ^ a b c Turkish Beauty Fights for Justice, Times of India, 2006-03-21 
  12. ^ Shrivastava, Namita A (2006-03-19), Princess diaries, Times of India 
  13. ^ Nizam lands in $7-lakh soup, The Telegraph, Calcutta, India, 2006-03-24 
  14. ^ Leonard, Karen Isaksen (2007), Locating Home: India's Hyderabadis Abroad, Stanford University Press, p. 111, ISBN 0-8047-5442-X 
  15. ^ Parasher, Paritosh (2001-08-31), Nizam's descendant faces unpaid wages charge in Aussie court, Indo-Asian News Service 
  16. ^ Farida, Syeda (2005-02-10), 'I belong to a lot of countries', The Hindu 
  17. ^ a b c Soszynski, Henry (2005-06-20). "HH Walashan Nawab Mir BEREKET ALI KHAN Mukarram Jah". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  18. ^ Buyers, Christopher. "The Asaf Jahi Dynasty: Genealogy". The Royal Ark. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  19. ^ Buyers, Christopher. "The Imperial House of Osman: Genealogy". The Royal Ark. Archived from the original on 2006-06-15. 

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Mukarram Jah
Born: 6 October 1933
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Osman Ali Khan, Asif Jah VII
— TITULAR —
Nizam of Hyderabad
1967 – present
Incumbent
Heir:
Azmet Jah