Mukarram Jah

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Mukkaram Jah
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Born (1934-10-06) 6 October 1934 (age 82)
Hilafet Palace, Nice, France
Title(s) Nizam of Hyderabad
Throne(s) claimed Hyderabad State
Pretend from 24 February 1967-present
(Titular Nizam of Hyderabad)
Monarchy abolished 1948
Last monarch Mir Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII
Connection with Grandson
Royal House Paternal: House of Asaf Jah
Father Azam Jah
Mother Princess Durru Shehvar, Imperial Princess of the Ottoman Empire
Spouse Princess Esra Birgin
(1959-1974; divorced)
Aysha Simmons
(1979-1989; widowed)
Manolya Onur
(1992-1997; divorced)
Jameela Boularous (co-wife)
(From 1992)
Princess Orchedi (co-wife)
(From 1994)
Children Prince Azmet Jah (b. 1962)
Sahibzadi Shehkyar Begum (b. 1964)
Walashan Nawab Sahibzada Mir Sikander 'Alexander' Azam Khan (b. 1979)
Walashan Nawab Sahibzada Mohammod Umar Khan (b. 1984)
Nilufer (b. 1992)
Zairin (b. 1994)
Predecessor Mir Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII

His Highness Mir Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah Asaf Jah VIII (Urdu: برکت علی خان مکرم جاہ آصف جاہ ہشتم‎), Siddiqi Bayafendi (born 6 October 1934), less formally known as Mukarram Jah, became the titular Nizam of Hyderabad upon the death of his grandfather in 1967.[1]

Personal life[edit]


Mukarram Jah was born to Azam Jah, the son and heir of Osman Ali Khan, the last reigning Nizam of Hyderabad state, by his marriage to Princess Durru Shehvar, daughter of the last Caliph of the Ottoman Empire, ‘Abdu’l-Mijid II.[2] Jah was educated in India at The Doon School and then in England at Harrow, Peterhouse, Cambridge, the London School of Economics, and Sandhurst.[3][4]

Jah was a friend of India's first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, and stated in 2010 that Nehru had wanted him to become his personal envoy or the Indian ambassador to a Muslim country.[5] His two main palaces in Hyderabad, Chowmahalla and Falaknuma, have been restored and opened to the public, the former as a museum showcasing the era of the Nizams and the latter as a luxury hotel. The Taj Falaknuma Palace Hotel opened in February 2010, having been leased to the Taj Group, after some ten years of renovations.[6]

Like his father, Mukarram was the richest man in India until the 1980s. However, in the 1990s most of his ancestral assets were lost to forceful annexures by the Government of India and the remaining in divorce settlements. His net worth is nevertheless estimated at some $1 billion.[7][8]


Mukarram Jah married Turkish Princess Esra Birgin (b. 1936) 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 1979, he married a former air hostess and employee of the BBC, Helen Simmons (b. 1949 - d. 1989);[11] she converted to Islam and changed her name to Aysha. After her death, he married Manolya Onur (b. 1954), a former Miss Turkey in 1992, and divorced her after a five year marriage in 1997.[10][11][12]

As he was a polygamist in accordance with his religion that he practiced, he married Jameela Boularous (b. 1972), from Morocco, in 1992.[13] In 1994, he married[14] Princess Orchedi (b. 1959), who is Turkish.[3][15]

Sons and daughters[edit]

By Esra Birgin, Mukarram Jah had one son and one daughter:

  • Walashan Nawab Sahibzada Mir Azmet Ali Khan Siddiqi Bayafendi Bahadur (b. 1962), also known as Azmet Jah (heir apparent), married 1994, has worked as a cameraman.[3][10][16]
  • Sahibzadi Shehkyar Begum (b. 1964), unmarried and without issue[17]

By Helen Simmons he had two sons:

  • Walashan Nawab Sahibzada Mir Alexander Azam Khan Siddiqi Bayafendi Bahadur (b. 1979)[17]
  • Walashan Nawab Sahibzada Mir Mohammod Umar Khan Siddiqi Bayafendi Bahadur (b. 1984)[17]

By Manolya Onur he had a daughter:

  • Nilufer (b. 1992)[11]

By Jameela Boularous he had:

  • Zairin (b. 1994)

Full style[edit]

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 Siddiqi Bayafandi Bahadur, Sipah Salar, Fath Jang, Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar.

Military titles

Honorary Lieutenant-General


The palaces he owns

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

See also[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". 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. 

External links[edit]

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