Mahboob Ali Khan

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Lieutenant-General His Highness Rustam-i-Dauran, Arustu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamaluk, Asaf Jah VI, Muzaffar ul-Mamaluk, Nizam ul-Mulk, Nizam ud-Daula, Nawab Mir Sir

Mahbub Ali Khan Bahadur

Sipah Salar, Fath Jang, Nizam of Hyderabad, GCB, GCSI
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Nizam of Hyderabad
Reign26 February 1869 – 29 August 1911
PredecessorAfzal ad-Dawlah, Asaf Jah V
SuccessorMir Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII
Born18 August 1866
Purani Haveli, Hyderabad, Hyderabad State, British Indian Empire
(now in Telangana State, India)
Died29 August 1911 (aged 45)
Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, Hyderabad State, British Indian Empire
(now in Telangana State, India)
Burial
SpouseAmat uz-Zehra Begum
HouseAsaf Jahi dynasty
FatherAfzal ad-Dawlah, Asaf Jah V

Asaf Jah VI Mir Mahboob Ali Khan Siddiqi Bayafandi GCB GCSI (18 August 1866 – 29 August 1911) was the 6th Nizam of Hyderabad. He ruled Hyderabad state, one of the Princely states in India between 1869 and 1911.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Mahbub Ali Khan as a child
Installation of the Nizam of Hyderabad by the Governor-General of India

Mahboob Ali Khan was born on 17 August 1866 at Purani Haveli in Hyderabad, Hyderabad State (in present-day Telangana, India). He was the youngest son of Nizam Afzal-ud-Daulah.[3] Afzal-ud-Daulah died on 28 February 1869. On 29 February, he ascended the throne under the regency of Dewan Salar Jung I and Shams-ul-Umra III. Mahboob Ali Khan was two years and seven months old at that time.[3][4] While Salar Jung I served as regent, Shams-ul-Umra III served as co-regent.[5]

Mahboob Ali Khan was the first Nizam to be exposed to western education. A special school under the guidance of Captain Claude Clerk was setup in the Chowmahalla Palace. The children of Salar Jung I, Shams-ul-Umra III and Kishen Pershad were his classmates. Besides English, he was also taught Persian, Arabic and Urdu languages. In 1874, Captain John Clerk, a former tutor to the Duke of Edinburgh was appointed to teach him English.[5] Clarke imbibed in " young Mahboob the customs and manners of high English society".[6].

The young Nizam with his two regents and other noblemen
The Nizam riding an elephant in a procession from Moula Ali, circa. 1895
Grave of 6th Nizam- Mir Mahboob Ali Khan

Reign[edit]

Investiture[edit]

At the age of sixteen, Salar Jung I began introducing Mahboob Ali Khan into the administrative processes of the state. The highest ranking officials of various departments would meet him to teach him the working of their respective departments.[7] The regency of Salar Jung I and Shams-ul-Umra ended when Mahboob Ali Khan came out of age. His investiture ceremony took place on 5 February 1884. Lord Ripon, the Governor-General of India was present at the ceremony and gifted him a golden sword which was studded with diamonds.[6] Mahboob Ali Khan took the title His Exalted Highness Asaf Jah, Muzaffar-ul-Mulk, Nawab Mahbub Ali Khan Bahadur, Fateh Jung.[8]

Development of a railway network[edit]

Nizam's Guaranteed State Railway, a railway company fully owned by the Nizams was established in 1879.[9] It was formed to connect Hyderabad State with the rest of British India, and was headquartered at Secunderabad Railway Station. Construction commenced in 1870. After four years of construction works, the Secunderabad-Wadi line was built. In 1879, Mahbub Ali Khan took over this railway line; it was then managed by the Nizam's state-owned railway.[10]

After independence, it was integrated into Indian Railways. The introduction of railways also marked the beginning of industry in Hyderabad, and four factories were built to the south and east of the Hussain Sagar lake.

Flood of 1908[edit]

The Great Musi Flood of 1908 ravaged the city of Hyderabad.[11] It affected at least 200,000 people, killing an estimated 15,000. He opened his palaces to accommodate the flood victims.[12][13][14][15]

Famine during his rule[edit]

The Great Famine of 1876-1878 occurred during his reign. The entire Deccan, including Hyderabad Deccan, was devastated by food shortages which were enormously exacerbated by British policies. The Nizam distributed aid to famine victims, causing tens of thousands of people to flee to Hyderabad from Sholapur and other affected areas.[16]

Attempt to abolish practice of Sati[edit]

The practice of Sati where women used to jump into the burning pyre of their husbands concerned the Nizam. Taking serious note of Sati being continued in some parts of his kingdom despite the ban, he issued a Royal Firman[17] on November 12, 1876 stating:[18]

"It is now notified that if anybody takes any action in this direction in the future, they will have to face serious consequences. If Taluqdars, Naibs, Jagirdars, Zamindars and others are found careless and negligent in the matter, serious action will be taken against them by the government."

Personal life[edit]

Nizam Mahboob Ali Khan with his son Mir Osman Ali Khan

The 6th Nizam had seven sons and seven daughters.

Lifestyle[edit]

The Nizam was well known for his extravagant lifestyle and collection of clothes and cars. His collection of clothes was one of the most extensive in the world at the time. He devoted a whole wing of his palace to his wardrobe and would never wear the same outfit twice. He bought the Jacob Diamond, which stands out among the Jewels of The Nizams now owned by the Government of India.

The Nizam was also fluent in Urdu, Telugu and Farsi languages. He also wrote poems in Telugu and Urdu, some of which are inscribed alongside the walls of Tank Bund. He was a keen hunter,[19] killing at least 30 tigers.[20]

Alleged mystical powers[edit]

It was supposed that he possessed a healing power against snakebites. It was his order that if anyone from the public had a snake bite, they could approach him. As a result, he was awakened from his sleep a number of times.[21][22]

Death[edit]

The 6th Nizam died on 29 August 1911 at the age of 45. He was buried alongside his ancestors at Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad. His second son Mir Osman Ali Khan succeeded him; he was the last Nizam of Hyderabad.[23]

Titles[edit]

  • 1866–1869: Sahibzada Mir Mahbub Ali Khan Siddiqi Bahadur
  • 1869–1877: His Highness Rustam-i-Dauran, Arustu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamaluk, Asaf Jah VI, Muzaffar ul-Mamaluk, Nizam ul-Mulk, Nizam ud-Daula, Nawab Mir Mahbub 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Sipah Salar, Fath Jang, Nizam of Hyderabad
  • 1877–1884: His Highness Rustam-i-Dauran, Arustu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamaluk, Asaf Jah VI, Muzaffar ul-Mamaluk, Nizam ul-Mulk, Nizam ud-Daula, Nawab Mir Mahbub 'Ali Khan Siddiqi Bahadur, Sipah Salar, Fath Jang, Nizam of Hyderabad
  • 1884–1902: His Highness Rustam-i-Dauran, Arustu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamaluk, Asaf Jah VI, Muzaffar ul-Mamaluk, Nizam ul-Mulk, Nizam ud-Daula, Nawab Mir Sir Mahbub 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Sipah Salar, Fath Jang, Nizam of Hyderabad, GCSI
  • 1902–1910: His Highness Rustam-i-Dauran, Arustu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamaluk, Asaf Jah VI, Muzaffar ul-Mamaluk, Nizam ul-Mulk, Nizam ud-Daula, Nawab Mir Sir Mahbub 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Sipah Salar, Fath Jang, Nizam of Hyderabad, GCB, GCSI
  • 1910–1911: Lieutenant-General His Highness Rustam-i-Dauran, Arustu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamaluk, Asaf Jah VI, Muzaffar ul-Mamaluk, Nizam ul-Mulk, Nizam ud-Daula, Nawab Mir Sir Mahbub 'Ali Khan Siddiqi Bahadur, Sipah Salar, Fath Jang, Nizam of Hyderabad, GCB, GCSI

Honours[edit]

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British honours

Foreign honours

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Law, Modern Hyderabad (Deccan) 1914, pp. 27-28.
  2. ^ Balfour, The cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia, pp. 897.
  3. ^ a b "The Asaf Jahi Dynasty". Royal Ark. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ "A brief history of the Nizams of Hyderabad". Outlook. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b Luther, p. 45.
  6. ^ a b Seshan, K.S.S. (2 February 2017). "Mahboob Ali Pasha: Legend with a lavish lifestyle". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  7. ^ Lynton 1992, p. 34.
  8. ^ M. Hassan (2002). HISTORY OF ISLAM (2 Vols. Set). Adam Publishers. p. 674. ISBN 9788174350190.
  9. ^ Law, Modern Hyderabad (Deccan), pp. 26-28.
  10. ^ Lynton, Days of the Beloved 1987, pp. 56-57.
  11. ^ Lynton, The Days of the Beloved, pp. 13-20.
  12. ^ "Seven Loaves - Seven Asaf Jahs".
  13. ^ until normal conditions were restored."Hyderabad observes 100th anniversary of Musi flood".
  14. ^ Law, Modern Hyderabad (Deccan), pp. 84-86.
  15. ^ "Hyderabad to observe 104th anniversary of Musi flood | The Siasat Daily". archive.siasat.com. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  16. ^ Davis, Mike. "Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Letters leave a rich legacy of rulers".
  18. ^ "Proclamation on the abolition of Sati issued by the Nizam VI, Mir Mahbub Ali Khan".
  19. ^ "Hyderabad remembers 6th Nizam Mahbub Ali Pasha".
  20. ^ "Staying at Falaknuma is like holding a mirror up to our past". 16 September 2012.
  21. ^ Lallana Rāya. Tulasī kī sāhitya-sādhanā: The Legacy of the Nizams. H.E.H The Nizam's Urdu Trust Hyderabad.
  22. ^ "Picturing the 'Beloved'".
  23. ^ Law, Modern Hyderabad (Deccan) 1914, pp. 28.

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Mahboob Ali Khan
Preceded by
Afzal ad-Dawlah, Asaf Jah V
Nizam of Hyderabad
1869–1911
Succeeded by
Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII