BHOPAL

The Mirazi Khel Dynasty

GENEALOGY

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1926 - 1960 Major-General H.H. Sikander Saulat, Iftikhar ul-Mulk, Al-Haj Nawab Hafiz Muhammad Hamidu'llah Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal, GCSI (3.6.1932, CSI 1.1.1921), GCIE (3.6.1929), CVO (17.3.1922), Assoc KStJ. b. at the Sardar Manzil Palace, Bhopal, 9th September 1894, only surviving son of H.H. Sikander Saulat, Iftikhar ul-Mulk, Nawab Sultan Kaikhusrau Jahan Begum Sahiba, Nawab Begum of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal, GCSI, GCIE, CI, GBE, by her husband, H.H. 'Ali Jah, Ihtisham ul-Mulk, Nasir ud-Daula, Nawab Ahmad 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Sultan Dulha Sahib, educ. Qaida-i-Baghdadi and Alexandra Schs, Bhopal, Muslim Anglo-Oriental (MAO) Coll, Aligarh, and Allahabad Univ (BA 1915, Hon LLD). Page-of-Honour to the Viceroy of India at the Delhi Durbar 1903, Cmsnd Bhopal State Forces, served briefly in the Great War in Aden 1914-1915, Presdt Bhopal City Municipal Brd. 1915-1916, Chief Sec. 1916-1922, MEC for Finance, Law & Justice 1922-1926, C-in-C Bhopal State Forces 1924-1951. Recognised as Heir Apparent by the GOI, 20th March 1926. Succeeded on the abdication of his mother, 29th April 1926. Crowned by her at Fatehgarh, Bhopal, 9th June 1926. Delegate to the first and second Round Table Conferences in London 1930-1931, Chancellor of the Chamber of Princes 1931-1932 and 1944-1947 (Mbr. Standing Ctte. 1926-1947). Signed the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India, 12th (made public 26th) August 1947. Merged Bhopal into India as a separate entity on 30th May 1949, the state remaining so until absorbed into Madhya Pradesh on 1st November 1956. Cmsnd as Hon Lieut. IA 2/6/1923, attached to The Poona Horse (17th Queen Victoria's Own Cavalry), prom Hon Lt-Col 9/3/1927, Hon Col 19/7/1939-1960, served in WW2 1939-1945, present at the Battles of Keren and El Alamein, and Hon Maj-Gen 15/10/1946, Hon Col 4th (Bhopal) Btn, 16th Punjab Regiment, IA 15/10/1943-1960. Hon Air Cdre RAF 1/2/1943, prom Hon Air Vice-Marshal 15/8/1945. Hon ADC to the King-Emperor Edward VIII as Prince of Wales 1921-1922, to the Viceroy of India 1922-1926, and to the King-Emperor George VI, 25/1/1946-1952. Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim Univ 1930-1935 (Trustee 1916). Freeman of the City of Edinburgh 1931. Presdt Brd of Control for Cricket in India 1935-1937. Governor of the Bhopal Girls Sch Endowment and the Bhopal Jahangiria & Suleimania Sch Endowments 1926-1961, etc. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar silver (1903 and 1911), Prince of Wales's Visit (1922), Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron (1937 and 1953), 39/45, Africa & Burma stars, Defence, War, India Service (1945) and Indian Independence (1948) medals. m. (first) at Peshawar, Punjab, 5th September 1905 (nikah), H.H. Nawab Maimoona Sultan Shah Bano Begum Sahiba (b. at Peshawar, 1900; d. at Bhopal, 14th May 1982, bur. there), MP (Lok Sabha) for Bhopal 1957-1966, author of "A Trip to Europe" (1913), daughter of Shahzada Humayun, great grandson of H.M. Shah Shuja ul-Mulk of Afghanistan, by his wife, a sister of Colonel Nawab Sir Muhammad Aslam Khan, Sardar Bahadur, KCIE, KCVO, OBI. m. (second) at Bhopal, January 1947 (nikah), H.H. Nawab Shah Dulhan Aftab Jahan Begum Sahiba (b. 12th May 1919; d. 2002), educ. privately and at Sikandaria Girls Sch, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, who settled in the UK and became a British subject after 1961, daughter of Mehud Hasan Khan, a nobleman from Bhopal descended from the Kunjpura family. He d. at Nichey-ka-Bagh, Bhopal, 4th February 1960 (bur. there at the Sofia Masjid), having had issue, three daughters by his first and one daughter by his second wife:
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1960 - [1995] H.H. Sikander Saulat, Iftikhar ul-Mulk, Nawab Mehr-i-Taj Sajida Sultan Begum Sahiba, Nawab Begum of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal. b. at Qasr-e-Sultani Palace, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, 4th August 1915, second daughter of Major-General H.H. Sikander Saulat, Iftikhar ul-Mulk, Haji Nawab Hafiz Muhammad Hamidu'llah Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal, GCSI, GCIE, CVO, Assoc KStJ, by his first wife, H.H. Nawab Maimuna Sultan Shah Banu Begum Sahiba, educ privately. Recognised by the Government of India as ruler of Bhopal, 13th January 1961 with effect from 4th February 1960. Installed at Qasr-e-Sultani Palace, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, 19th February 1961. The GOI amended the Indian Constitution to remove his position as a "ruler" and her right to receive privy-purse payments, 28th December 1971. Presdt Women's Hockey Assoc 1961. Vice-Presdt Bharatiyya Kala Kandra. Governor of the Bhopal Girls Sch and the Bhopal Jahangiria & Suleimania Sch Endowments 1961-1975, and of the Nawab Sultan Jahan Begum Educational Endowment (Bhopal) 1975-1995. Founder Mbr Ghalib Soc, etc. m. at Bhopal, 23rd April 1939, Iftikhar ud-Daula, Iftikhar ul-Mulk, Nawab Muhammad Iftikhar 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Hanifi ul-Muzhab, Nawab of Pataudi (b. at Pataudi House, Daryagunj, Delhi, 17th March 1910; d. while playing polo, at Delhi, 5th January 1952), elder son and successor of Nawab Muhammad Ibrahim 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Hanifi ul-Muzhab, Nawab of Pataudi, by his wife, Nawab Shahar Bano Begum Sahiba, second daughter of H.E. The Hon. Fakhr ud-Daula, Nawab Sir Amir ud-din Ahmad Khan, Nawab of Loharu, KCIE. She d. at New Delhi, 5th September 1995 (bur. at Bhopal), having had issue, one son and three daughters:
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[1995]  H.H. Padma Shri Nawab Muhammad Mansur 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Hanifi ul-Muzhab, Nawab of Pataudi, Head of the Royal House of Bhopal. b. at Bhopal, 5th January 1941, only son of H.H. Sikander Saulat, Iftikhar ul-Mulk, Nawab Mehr-i-Taj Sajida Sultan Begum Sahiba, Nawab Begum of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal, by her husband, Nawab Muhammad Iftikhar 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Hanifi ul-Muzhab, Nawab of Pataudi, educ. Locker's Park Prep Sch, Herts, Winchester Coll, Hants, and Balliol Coll, Oxford. Succeeded on the death of his father as Nawab of Pataudi, 5th January 1952. Capt Oxford Univ Cricket Team 1961, and of the Indian Cricket Team 1962-1971, ICC Match Referee 1993. Hon ADC to the Presdt of India 1967. Succeeded on the death of his mother as Head of the Royal House of Bhopal, 5th September 1995. Chief Mutawali of the Auqaf-e-Shahi 1995-2007, Patron The Nawab of Bhopal & Pataudi Polo Tournament since 1997, Presdt Indian Cricket Players' Assoc since 2002. Rcvd: Padma Shri (x.1.1967), Arjun Award (x.5.1965). m. at the Belvedere Estate, Calcutta, 27th December 1968, H.H. Nawab Ayesha Sultan Begum Sahiba (b. at Hyderabad, Deccan, 8th December 1946), née Sharmila Tagore, the distinguished film actress, Chair. Indian Central Brd. of Film Certification since 2004, rcvd: Cdr of the Order of Arts & Letters of France (2000), daughter of Shri Jitendra Nath Tagore, of Calcutta, relative of Sir Rabindranath Tagore, by his wife, a daughter of Gyanendra Baruah, of Gauhati, Assam. He had issue, one son and two daughters:
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