Impoverished Sultana Begum, the great grand daughter-in-law of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, who runs a tea stall in West Bengal’s Howrah district, today received Rs two lakh from the sale proceeds of a coffee table book written by a scribe.
“Sultana Begum, the Mughal heiress, was running a tea stall at Cowies Ghat slum, near Foreshore road, in Howrah district when I spotted her,” said journalist Shivnath Jha who together with wife Neena wrote the ‘Prime Ministers of India : Bharat Bhagya Vidhata´, a coffee table book on 14 prime ministers.
“After seeing her I thought of rehabilitating her as she is the descendant of Bahadur Shah Zafar,” he told reporters here.
With the money, Sultana Begum would be able to marry off her daughter, Madhu, said Jha and who together with his wife has launched ‘Andolan Ek Pustak Se´ to publish one book a year to honour descendants of families which made India proud.
The scribe’s movement has been launched under the aegis of ‘Bismillah : The Beginning Foundation´, a Ghaziabad-based body formed to protect families of great musicians, academicians and artists who were in distress.