Tuesday, March 30, 2010

8th Nizam with his Sons

8th Nizam

Hyderabad One Rupee Note

Hyderabad State Coin

Hyderabad Nizam Govt. Coin

Hyderabad Currency

The First Nizam Asaf Jah I

Nizam-ul-Mulk Asaf Jah I (1724-48)
(a) The original name of founder of this autono­mous state of Hyderabad was Chinqilich Khan. Mughal Emperor, "Farrukh Siyar", while appoint­ing him as the Viceroy of Deccan in 1713, conferred on him the title of "Nizam-ul-Mulk" and the Nizam occupied this post of Viceroy till 1715. He again served as the Viceroy of the Deccan for a second term between 1720 and 1722. He was then appointed as the Wazir (Prime Minis­ter) of the Mughal Empire in 1722 by Emperor Muhammed Shah. But in 1724 he got disgusted with the Mughal court politics and marched off to the Deccan without even waiting for the Emperor's permission.
(b) After reaching Deccan, Nizam-ul-Mulk founded the autonomous state of Hyderabad in 1724. The Mughal Emperor, unable to punish the Nizam, confirmed him as the Viceroy of Deccan and granted him the second title of "Asaf jah" in 1725. The Nizams as well his successors were practically independent of the Mughal Emperor, though they continued to rec­ognise the latter as their sovereign.
(c) The Nizam undertook various reforms to sta­bilise himself as well as the newly founded state. To begin with he revived agriculture and industry by giving incentives to farmers and artisans: Secondly, he established peace and or­der by suppressing all disaffected nobles and putting down theft and robbery. Thirdly, he also made several efforts to stop the plundering raids of the Marathas. And when he failed in this, he bought peace with them by signing the Trea­ties of Mungishiregaum (1728), Warna (1731) and Durai-Sarai (1738).

Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan Painting

Nizam on Time Magazine

On all time richest people on earth Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII stood 5th in the world. Peak wealth: $210.8 billion. Age at peak wealth: 50, ASAF JAH VII (whose given name was Osman Ali Khan Bahadur) was the last Nizam or ruler of the Princely State of Hyderabad and Berar, before it was annexed by Indian Union in 1948.
By most accounts, "His Exalted Highness" the Nizam of Hyderabad was a benevolent ruler who promoted education, science and development. He spent about one-tenth of his Principality's budget on education, and even made primary education compulsory and free for the poor. In his 37-year rule, Hyderabad witnessed the introduction of electricity, railways, roads, and other development projects.
In 1937, Asaf Jah VII was on the cover of Time Magazine, labeled as the richest man in the world.

The Seven Nizams of Hyderabad

Hyderabad and Berar State


The seventh Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan, alongwith some close aides ready to take his first test ride in a Dakota from Begumpet airport.

Osman Ali Khan with With ladies at home

Nizam Osman Ali Khan with Nehru and General Cariappa

Sahebzada Salabath Jah & Sahebzadi Ahmed Unnisa, son and daughter of The Nizam VI. circa. 1910

Mukkaram Jah as Scouts at Aliya

Nizam VII as young ruler with his two principal sons.

Nizam VII (Mir Osman Ali Khan Asaf Jah) posing with a car probably a 1906 Darracq 12 hp

Nizam stepping out of what could be a Humber Pullman Limousine which apparently was used extensively by him

Nizam of Hyderabad Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan with his Children

Mir-Osman-Ali-Khan-Nizam-VII 1889

Mir-Osman-Ali-Khan Asaf Jah VII (Nizam VII)

Mir Osman Ali Khan, the future Nizam of Hyderabad, snapped moments before he was married on April 14, 1906

Mir Osman Ali Khan 1886-1967 Nizam VII

MahbubAliPasha-1 Nizam VI 1869-1911

Jah_with_Nizam VII mukkaram jah

Jah_Throne_small Nizam viii corononation chowmohalla palace 1967

H.H. The Nizam VI - Nawab Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, 1889 A.D.