The Eighth Nizam of Hyderabad, Mukarram Jah, passed away at the age of 89 on January 14, 2022, in Istanbul.
“We are deeply saddened to inform you that Nawab Mir Barket Ali Khan Walashan Mukarram Jah Bahadur, H.E.H The Eighth Nizam of Hyderabad passed away peacefully in Istanbul, Turkey late last night at 10:30 pm (IST)” read a statement from his office.
Here are a few little-known facts about the Nizams of Hyderabad.
Nizams and Mughals
Mughal emperor Aurangazeb and his brother gave Qamruddin the title of a ‘Mansab’. Qamruddin went on to become the first Nizam of Hyderabad.
The roots of Nizam culture are found in Mughalai, as their forefathers were in the court of the Mughals.
Getting the foot strong
The Nizams became a force to reckon with by the early 18th century. Around the same time, Nizam-ul-Mulk established the Asaf Jahi Dynasty, which ruled Hyderabad for over two centuries.
Ally of the Mughals
Given their history, Nizam was the most trusted ally of the Mughals. The state of Hyderabad was the first Indian State to put down the first war of independence.
Hyderabad or Bhagya Nagar?
The debate of renaming the city of Hyderabad has resurfaced in the present times. The city was earlier called Bhagya Nagar. It was named after a courtesan, who had established brothels and drinking shops for the rulers.
More About Mukarram Jah
Although Mukarram Jah was the Eighth Nizam of Hyderabad, his father wasn’t an official Nizam. Jah replaced his grandfather, Osman Ali Khan. Mukarram Jah’s maternal Turkish grandfather, Abdul Mejid, was the last caliph of Islam.