Ali Yavar Jung

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Ali Yavar Jung
Nasser receiving the Indian Ambassador in Cairo Nawab Ali to discuss international issues, 1958.jpg
Gamal Abdel Nasser (left) and Ali Yavar Jung (right), circa 1958
Died11 December 1976
Alma materQueen's College, Oxford
Occupationdiplomat, politician
Spouse(s)Alys Iffrig (known after her second marriage as Alys Hyderi)
Zehra Ali Yavar Jung
ChildrenBilkees I. Latif (born of Alys Iffrig)
RelativesIdris Hasan Latif (son-in-law)
AwardsPadma Vibhushan
Padma Bhushan
Governor of Maharashtra
In office
Preceded byOm Prakash Mehra
Succeeded byKona Prabhakara Rao
Indian Ambassador to Argentina
In office
Indian Ambassador to Egypt[1]
In office
Preceded byK.M. Panikkar
Succeeded byRatan Kumar Nehru
Indian Ambassador to France[2]
In office
Indian Ambassador to the United States
In office
Preceded byBraj Kumar Nehru
Succeeded byLakshmi Kant Jha

Nawab Ali Yavar Jung Bahadur (February 1906 – 11 December 1976) was an eminent Indian diplomat. He was governor of the Indian state of Maharashtra from 1971 to 1976.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Hyderabad to a distinguished Hyderabadi family of scholars, administrators and educators, and studied at Queen's College, Oxford,[3] earning a degree in History.


Nawab Ali Yavar Jung served as the Vice-chancellor of Osmania University from 1945 to 1946 and from 1948 to 1952.[3] In year 1965 to 1968 he was Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University.[4] He opposed reservation on religious ground at AMU.[5] In 1946-47 he was Minister Constitutional Affairs, Home and Educational, Public Health and Local Government in the Nizam's Governor. He resigned from that post in 1947.

He was India's ambassador to Argentina (1952–54), Egypt (1954–58), Yugoslavia and Greece (1958–61), France (1961–65), and the United States (1968–70).[3] His personal rapport with Juan Perón, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Josip Broz Tito, Charles de Gaulle, and Lyndon B. Johnson substantially contributed to their understanding and appreciation of India's independent foreign policy.[citation needed]

He was appointed as governor of Maharashtra in 1971, and died during his term as governor at Mumbai's Raj Bhavan in December 1976.[3][6]

He was awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan, India's highest civilian honors, in 1959 and 1977, respectively.[3][7] The Western Express Highway in Mumbai[8] and The National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped[9] located there are named after him. Bilkees I. Latif, social worker, Padma Shri awardee and the wife of I. H. Latif, former Air Chief Marshal, is his daughter.[10]

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  3. ^ a b c d e Shri W.A. Sangma (14 December 1976). Obituary References (Speech). Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 17 July 2008.
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  6. ^ "Previous Governors List". Raj Bhavan, Maharashtra State. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2008.
  7. ^ "List of Padma Vibhushan Awardees" (PDF). Retrieved 17 July 2008.
  8. ^ Chacko, Benita (18 September 2017). "Western Express Highway: Few know this arterial road honours a former diplomat". Indian Express. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  9. ^ Qureshi, M. U. (2006). Encyclopaedia of Social Problems and Social Welfare. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. p. 203. ISBN 81-261-2584-5.
  10. ^ "A Life of service honoured with the Padma Shri award" (PDF). You and I — eMag. 16 February 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
B.K. Nehru
Indian Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by
L.K. Jha
Academic offices
Preceded by
Bashir Hussain Zaidi
Vice-Chancellor of AMU
Succeeded by
Abdul Aleem