Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur, Eighth Nizam of Hyderabad, passes away in Turkey

Jan 15, 2023 12:11 PM IST

Heeding to the prince’s wish to be laid to rest in his home land, his children are scheduled to travel to Hyderabad with his mortal remains on Tuesday

Mir Barkat Ali Khan, popularly known as Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur, the eighth Nizam of Hyderabad, passed away in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday night, a statement from his office in Hyderabad said. He was 89.

Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur was officially called the Prince of Hyderabad until 1971 when the titles and the privy purses were abolished by the Indian Union. (File Photo)
Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur was officially called the Prince of Hyderabad until 1971 when the titles and the privy purses were abolished by the Indian Union. (File Photo)

“We are deeply saddened to inform 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),” the statement said on Sunday.

Heeding to the prince’s wish to be laid to rest in his home land, his children are scheduled to travel to Hyderabad with his mortal remains on Tuesday.

“On arrival, the body will be taken to the Chowmahalla Palace and after completing the required rituals the burial will take place at the Asaf Jahi family tombs,” the statement said, adding the schedule and other details will be released in due course.

Mukarram Jah was born on October 6, 1933 to Mir Himayat Ali Khan alias Azam Jah Bahadur, the first son of Mir Osman Ali Khan, the seventh Nizam of the Princely State of Hyderabad before it was merged with the Indian Union in September, 1948.

Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur’s mother Princess Durru Shewar was the daughter of the last Sultan of Turkey (Ottoman Empire) Sultan Abdul Mejid II.
Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur’s mother Princess Durru Shewar was the daughter of the last Sultan of Turkey (Ottoman Empire) Sultan Abdul Mejid II.

His mother Princess Durru Shewar was the daughter of the last Sultan of Turkey (Ottoman Empire) Sultan Abdul Mejid II. She died in the beginning of the 2000s.

According to senior journalist and columnist Mir Ayub Ali Khan, Prince Mukarram Jah was designated as the titular head of the Asaf Jahi dynasty on June 14, 1954 by his grandfather.

“Since then, he has been identified as the eighth and the last Nizam of Hyderabad. His succession was recognised in principle by the Government of India. He was officially called the Prince of Hyderabad until 1971 when the titles and the privy purses were abolished by the Indian Union,” Khan said.

According to him, the Nizam made his grandson the successor to the “gaddi instead of his first son Prince Azam Jah Bahadur. Therefore, Mukarram Jah succeeded as the Eighth Nizam on the passing away of the last former reigning ruler of Hyderabad on February 24, 1967.

Mukarram Jah first married Princess Esra of Turkey with whom he has two children—Prince Azmat Ali Khan and Princess Shehkyar. He later married Ms Helen Simmons of Australia with whom he has one son Prince Alexander Azam Khan. He too is said to be living in London. Still later he married Manolya Onur with whom he has a daughter Niloufer. His fourth wife is Jamila Boularous. Their daughter is Zairin Unnisa Begum.

“Mukarram Jah Bahadur owns properties in Hyderabad such as the Falaknuma Palace, Khilwat Palace, King Koti and Chiran Palace ,which is located in the middle of KBR National Park in Jubilee Hills. The properties are looked after by his first former wife Princess Esra who occasionally visits and stays in Hyderabad at Falaknuma Palace, which has been turned into the Taj Falaknuma Palace,” Khan said.

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    Srinivasa Rao is Senior Assistant Editor based out of Hyderabad covering developments in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana . He has over three decades of reporting experience.

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