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 into the 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. Installed 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, Chair Federal Finance Cttee 1936-1937). 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 British Army 2/6/1923, attached to The Poona Horse (17th Queen Victoria’s Own Cavalry), IA, prom Hon Lt-Col 9/3/1927, Hon Col 19/7/1939, served in WW2 1939-1945, present at the Battles of Keren and El Alamein, prom 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 1916-1960). Freeman of the City of Edinburgh 1931. Presdt Brd of Control for Cricket in India 1935-1937, and of the Daly Coll General Council 1940-1942. Vice-Presdt East India Assoc (London). Governor of the Bhopal Girls’ Sch and the Bhopal Jahangiria & Suleimania Sch Endowments 1926-1961, etc. Rcvd: Sultania Gold Medal, Delhi Durbar (1903), Coron (1911 with Durbar clasp), Prince of Wales’s Visit (1922), Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron (1937 and 1953), 39/45, Africa & Burma stars, Defence, War, IGS (1945) and Indian Independence (1948) medals. m. (first) at Peshawar, Punjab, 5th September 1905 (nikah), H.H. Nawab Shah Banu Maimuna Sultan Begum Sahiba(b. at Peshawar, Punjab, 1900; d. at Bhopal, 14th May 1982, bur. there at Bada Bagh), MP (Lok Sabha) for Bhopal 1957-1966, author of &quo“A Trip to Europe” (1913), Mbr Princess of Wales’s Ladies Club (Bhopal), daughter of Shahzada Humayun, of Pehsawar, Punjab, a great grandson of H.M. Shah Shuja ul-Mulk of Afghanistan, by his wife, Baboji Begum, daughter of 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. at Bhopal, 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 ‘Ali Martabat, ‘Ali Qadr, Munshi Mahmud Hasan Khan, sometime Revenue Sec of Bhopal state, by his wife, Nayab Jahan Begum, daughter of Mian Majid Muhammad Khan, of the Baqi-khel family of Bhopal. He d. at Nichey-ka-Bagh, Bhopal, 4th February 1960 (bur. there at the Nawabi Mausoleum, Sofia Masjid, Ahmedabad), having had issue, three daughters by his first and one daughter by his second wife:
  • 1) Colonel Suraya Jah, Nawab Gowhar-i-Taj, Abida Sultan Begum Sahiba. b. at Qasr-e-Sultani Palace, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, 28th August 1913, educ. privately and at Sikandaria Girls’ Sch, Ahmedabad, Bhopal. Appointed as Heir Apparent with the titles of Suraya Jah and Nawab Gowhar-i-Taj and recognised as such by the GOI, 15th March 1928. Col-in-Chief Gowhar-i-Taj Infantry. Vice-Presdt Bhopal State Council 1935-1949, Chief Sec of the Sharf-i-Khas. Migrated to Pakistan in 1950 and served as that country’s delegate to the UN General Assembly at New York 1954, Ambassador to Brazil & Min Plen to Chile 1957-1959, Presdt Karachi Council of the Muslim League 1964. An active politician and supporter of Miss Fatima Jinnah’s candidacy for the presidency of Pakistan. Contested the succession on the death of her father, 4th February 1960, but the GOI eventually ruled against her on the grounds that she had become a foreign citizen, 13th January 1961. Author “Baghi Shehzadi ki Yaadein” (1990). Vice-Presdt Karachi Zonal Muslim League 1963, Mbr Governing Council of the Muslim League 1963, Princess of Wales’ Ladies Club (Bhopal), Bhopal Yacht Club, Bombay Flying Club 1935, Calcutta Flying Club 1939, etc. Rcvd: Hamidia Gold Medal (21.2.1946), and Hamidia Star (21.2.1946) of Bhopal, Silver Jubilee (1935), and Coron (1937) medals. m. at Qasr-e-Sultani Palace, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, 18th June 1926 (nikah) and 1933 (rukhsati), as his first wife (sep. 1934), ‘Ali Jah, Anis ud-Daula, Nawab Muhammad Sarwar ‘Ali Khan Bahadur, Firuz Jang, Nawab of Kurwai (b. at Kurwai Fort, 1st December 1901; d. there, 8th December 1984, bur. at the New Cemetery, Kurwai Fort), only son of Mushfiq Meherban-i-Dostan Nawab Muhammad Yaqub ‘Ali Khan, Nawab of Kurwai, by his wife, Nawab Sarkar Dulhan Umar un-nisa Begum Sahiba, sometime Regent of Kurwai, daughter of H.H. Nawab Muhammad Ibrahim ‘Ali Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Malerkotla. She d. from cardiac failure at the Shaukat Omar Memorial Hospital, Karachi, Sind, Pakistan, 11th May 2002 (bur. there at Malir), having had issue, an only son:
    • a) Nawabzada Shaharyar Muhammad Khan. b. at Rahat Manzil Palace, Bhopal, 29th March 1934 (s/o Abida Begum), educ. Grosvenor Sch, Roehampton, Surrey, Prince of Wales’s Royal Indian Military Coll, Dehra Dun, Daly Coll, Indore, Oundle Sch, Oundle, Peterborough, Corpus Christi Coll, Cambridge (LLB 1956), and the Fletcher Sch of Law & Diplomacy, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Employed with Burmah Shell Oil 1956-1957, entered Pakistan Foreign Service 1957, Third Sec London 1960-1962, Second Sec Tunis 1962-1966, Head of the Permanent Mission to the UN Geneva 1970-1971, Dir MFA at Islamabad 1969-1970, Deputy High Cmsnr London 1971-1975, Dir-Gen MFA 1975-1977, Additional Sec-Gen MFA 1982-1987, Ambassador to Jordan 1977-1982, and the Court of St James’s 1987-1989, High Cmsnr 1987-1990, Sec-Gen MFA Islamabad 1990-1994, UN Special Representative in Rwanda 1994-1996, Chair Foreign Service Reforms Cttee 1996-1997, Presdt Refugee Cttee 1997-1998, Mgr Pakistan Cricket team 1999, Ambassador to France 1999-2003, Chair Pakistan Cricket Brd 2003-2007 and since 2014. Hon Fellow Corpus Christi Coll, Cambridge 2005. Author of “The Begums of Bhopal: A Dynasty of Women Rulers in Raj India” (2000), “The Shallow Graves of Rwanda” (2001), “The Memoirs of a Rebel Princess” (2004), and “Cricket: A Bridge of Peace” (2005), and co-author of “Cricket Cauldron: The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan” (2013). m. at Karachi, Sind, Pakistan, July 1958, Najma Begum Sahiba [Minnal] [Begum Najma Shaharyar Khan], educ. Wellesley Girls’ High Sch, Nainital, India, St Joseph’s Convent Sch, Karachi, Sind, Convent of Jesus & Mary Sch, Murree, Punjab, Karachi Grammar Sch, Karachi, Sind, Pakistan, and The Perse Sch, Cambridge, younger daughter of H.E. Syed Akhtar Husain, of Karachi, sometime Ambassador of Pakistan to Italy, Iran, the USSR, Algeria and Austria, from a family originally from Rai Bareli, UP, by his wife, Sahibzadi Zakia Begum, daughter of Nawab Mushtaq ‘Ali Khan Sahib, of Mankula, in the Moradabad district of UP. He had issue, three sons and one daughter:
      • i) Sahibzada Faiz Muhammad Khan. b. at Karachi, Sind, Pakistan, 15th August 1959, educ. King’s Coll Sch, Wimbledon, Univ of Buckingham (LLB 1982), and the London Sch of Economics & Political Science (LSE), London (LLM 1984). Barr-at-Law England & Wales 1983. Snr Assoc with Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co in Muscat, Oman. Mbr Law Soc of England & Wales 1991, British Pakistan Law Council, etc. m. at Islamabad, Pakistan, 25th December 1992, Sara Sultan Begum Sahiba (b. at New Delhi, 11th September 1970), only daughter of Mian Ghulam Fariduddin Riaz, of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, by his wife, Nawabzadi Qudsia Sultan Begum Sahiba, youngest daughter of H.H. Sikander Saulat, Iftikhar ul-Mulk, Nawab Mehr-i-Taj Sajida Sultan Begum Sahiba, Nawab Begum of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal. He has issue, one daughter
        • (1) Sahibzadi Aalia Sultan Begum. b. 19th November 1994. Copyright© Christopher Buyers
      • ii) Sahibzada Omar ‘Ali Khan. b. at Hammersmith, London, 28th January 1962, educ. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Sometime teacher at Beacon House Sch in Islamabad, MD of the ‘Hot-Spot’ ice cream chain since 1997, film critic and film historian, editor of “The Hot Spot Online”, and a writer-director of horror movies including “Zibahkhana: Hell’s Ground” (2007).
      • iii) Sahibzada Yawar ‘Ali Khan [Ali Khan]. b. at Islamabad, Pakistan, December 1969, educ. Univ of Kent at Canterbury, and Cambridge Univ (Ph.D. Anthropology 2003). Mbr of the faculty of faculty at Lahore the School of Humanities & Social Sciences of Univ of Management Sciences [LUMS]. Co-author of “Cricket Cauldron: The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan” (2013). m. at Islamabad, Pakistan, December 1992, Sahibzadi Mariyam Zamani Begum (b. 1967), elder daughter of Shaikh Shri Muhammad Said Mian Sahib, of Mangrol, by his wife, Nawabzadi Kaiser Zaman Begum Sahiba, only daughter of ‘Ali Jah, Anis ud-Daula, Nawab Muhammad Sarwar ‘Ali Khan Bahadur, Firuz Jang, Nawab of Kurwai. He has issue, one daughter:
        • (1) Sahibzadi Alina Khan. b. at Bhopal, 14th June 2005.
      • i) Sahibzadi Faiza Sultan Begum [Faiza S. Khan]. b. at Merton, Surrey, 3rd December 1974, educ. Francis Holland Sch, and Goldsmiths, Univ of London (BA). Writer and journalist with “The Express Tribune”, “The Friday Times”, “The Daily Beast”, “The New Republic”, “Tehelka”, “Open”, and “The Caravan: A Journal of Politics and Culture”, Editor-in-Chief of “The Life’s Too Short Literary Review: New Writing from Pakistan” since 2011, Editor-at-Large at Random House India. Dir Siren Publications.
  • 2) Nawabzadi Mehr-i-Taj Sajida Sultan Begum Sahiba, who succeeded as H.H. Sikander Saulat, Iftikhar ul-Mulk, Nawab Mehr-i-Taj Sajida Sultan Begum Sahiba, Nawab Begum of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal – see below.
  • 3) Nawabzadi Qamar-i-Taj, Taj Dulhan, Nawabzadi Rabia Sultan Begum Sahiba. b. at Qasr-e-Sultani Palace, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, 24th November 1916 (d/o Maimoona Sultan), educ. privately and at Sikandaria Girls Sch, Ahmedabad, Bhopal. m. (first) at Qasr-e-Sultani Palace, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, January 1936, as his first wife (div. February 1940), Colonel Yamin ul-Mulk, Imad ud-Daula, Nawabzada Muhammad Rashid uz-Zafar Khan Bahadur (b. at Jahan Numa Palace, Bhopal, 27th November 1907; d. at Bhopal, 25th August 1961), third son of her paternal uncle, Major-General Al-Haj Mohsin ul-Mulk, Nawab Hafiz Muhammad Ubaidu’llah Khan Sahib Bahadur, CSI, by his wife, Shaharyar Dulhan Begum Sahiba, second daughter of Sardar Wilayat ‘Ali Khan – see above. m. (second) at Bhopal, 22nd November 1940, Colonel Agha Muhammad Nadir Mirza (d. February 1987), Lieut Bhopal State Forces 17/1/1941, Personal ADC to the Nawab 1940-1949, prom Maj 20/4/1944, Lt-Col Gowhar-i-Taj Infantry 1945, Aerodrome Officer Bhopal 1955-1963, Mbr Bhopal and Madhya Bharat Flying Clubs, etc, a nephew of Amin ul-Mulk, Sir Miras Mirza Muhammad Ismail, KCIE, OBE, CStJ, sometime Chief Minister of Mysore. She d. at Bhopal, 3rd March 2000 (bur. there at the Royal Cemetery, Sofia Masjid, Ahmedabad), having had issue, one son and one daughter by her second husband:
    • a) Sahibzada Muhammad Nasir Mirza [Prince Nasir Mirza]. b. at Bhopal, 1941. MD of Falcon Crest Sch. m. February 1987, Qudsia Begum Zulqadar, educ. St Joseph’s Convent Girls’ High Sch, Nagpur, daughter of ..., by his wife, Farida Begum. He d. at Bhopal, 3rd December 2014 (bur. Bada Bagh Cemetery, Bhopal), having had issue, an only son:
      • i) Yasser Mirza. b. at Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, 19th January 1988, educ. Bloomfield Hall Sch, Gujranwala, and Univ of Health Sciences (UHS) (BDS 2013), Lahore, Pakistan. Dental Surgeon Inst of Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry since 2013. m. 3rd January 2015, Amelia Qasir, educ. Bloomfield Hall Sch, Gujranwala, Lahore, Pakistan, daughter of Nadeem Qasir, MD and Dir of Finance Bloomfield Hall Sch, by his wife, Angela Louise Williams Qasir, actress, freelance journalist and teacher Bloomfield Hall Sch.
    • a) Sahibzadi Faiza Sultan Begum. b. 1945. m. m. Sardar Muhammad Akbar Khan (b. at Lahore, Punjab, 1942), second son of Muhammad Ishaq Khan [Ishaque Jan], by his wife, Sultan Mah Parwar Begum [Pari Bia], second daughter of Sardar Muhammad Hafizu’llah Khan, of Lahore, Punjab. She had issue, two sons – see Afghanistan (Durrani).
Nawab Hamidu’llah Khan and his second wife, Nawab Aftab Jahan Begum, also adopted her niece, the daughter of Mian ‘Abdu’l Alim Khan, of the Baqi-khel family of Bhopal, by his wife, Irshad Jahan Begum, daughter of ‘Ali Martabat, ‘Ali Qadr, Munshi Mahmud Hasan Khan:
  • 4) Sahibzadi Farzana Begum Sahiba. b. at Bhopal, 14th May 1948 (d/o Aftab Jahan), educ. in Bhopal and the UK.
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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, KStJ, by his first wife, H.H. Nawab Shah Banu Maimuna Sultan 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 her 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 Endowment and the Bhopal Jahangiria & Suleimania Sch Endowments 1961-1975, and of the Nawab Sultan Jahan Begum Educational Endowment (Bhopal) 1975-1995. Trustee Better Books for Children. Dir Leiner-Knit Gelatine Co Ltd 1962. 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. suddenly from heart failure on the polo field, at Delhi, 5th January 1952, bur. at Pataudi, Gurgaon, Haryana), educ. Aitchison Coll, Lahore, and Balliol Coll, Oxford (MA); succeeded on the death of his father as Nawab of Pataudi 29th November 1917, and reigned under a Council of Administration until he came of age and was invested with ruling powers, at Pataudi, 10th December 1931; signed the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India, 15th August 1947 and merged his state into the Province of East Punjab, 7th April 1948 (when he ceased to enjoy sovereign powers); entered the Indian Ministry of External Affairs 1948; a first class test cricketer with Worcestershire 1932-1938, England 1932-1933, and Capt of All-India Cricket Team 1946; Chief Patron Moghuls Football Club (Delhi), etc, 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 Haji Mirza Sir Amir ud-din Ahmad Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Loharu, KCIE. She d. at New Delhi, 5th September 1995 (bur. at Bhopal), having had issue, one son and three daughters:
  • 1) Padma Shri Nawab Muhammad Mansur ‘Ali Khan Bahadur, Hanifi ul-Muzhab, Nawab of Pataudi, who succeeded as H.H. Padma Shri Nawab Muhammad Mansur ‘Ali Khan Bahadur, Hanifi ul-Muzhab, Nawab of Pataudi, Head of the Royal House of Bhopal – see below.
  • 1) Nawabzadi Saleha Sultan Begum Sahiba. b. at Bhopal, 14th January 1940, educ. St George’s Sch, Switzerland. m. at Delhi, 1958, Nawab Muhammad Bashir ud-din Khan Bahadur, Bashir Yar Jang, Aeronautic Engineer employed with CSIR, son of Major H.E. Wali ud-Daula, Nawab Muhammad Wali ud-din Khan Bahadur, Waliyat Jang, of the Paigah family, sometime Presdt. of the Council in Hyderabad. She had issue, four sons – see India Vassals (Hyderabad Paigah).
  • 2) Nawabzadi Sabiha Sultan Begum Sahiba. b. at Bhopal, 30th March 1942. m. 1964, Sahibzada Mir Arjumand ‘Ali Khan [Mir Sahib] (b. at Hyderabad, Deccan, 1940), elder son of Nawab Mir Akbar ‘Ali Khan Bahadur, Akbar Nawaz Jang, of Hyderabad, sometime Deputy Sec to Govt Andhra Pradesh, by his wife, Sahibzadi Abid un-nisa Begum Sahiba [Mehpara], daughter of Jemadar Nawab ‘Abdu’l Jabbar Khan BahadurShe had issue, two daughters – see India (Hyderabad).
  • 3) Nawabzadi Qudsia Sultan Begum Sahiba. b. at Bhopal, 15th March 1946, educ. St George’s Sch, Switzerland. m. at New Delhi, 17th March 1967, Mian Ghulam Fariduddin Riaz (b. at Lahore, 18th October 1939), educ. Aitchison and Govt Colls, Lahore, St Catherine’s Coll, Oxford, Fletcher Sch of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts Univ., Medford, Massachusetts, USA, CSP resig 1971, author of “Shade in Passing and Other Poems“ (1991), “Escaping Twenty Shadows“ (1995), and “Baramasa: Seasons of Rural Life“ (2002), of 6-A, Chamba House Lane, GOR I, Lahore, son of Mian Ghulam Mueenuddin, S.Pk., late ICS and CSP, sometime Chief Election Cmsnr, by his first wife and cousin, Mubarik Begum. She d. at Lahore, Pakistan, 5th November 1989 (bur. there at Mian Mir), having had issue, one son and one daughter:
    • a) Iftikharuddin Riaz, educ. Winchester Coll, Hampshire, St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and Inner Temple, London. Barrister-at-Law 1994, Advocate of the High Courts Pakistan, Consultant at the European Bank for Reconsrucion & Development 1994-1995, Associate with Rizvi Isa Kabraji in Karachi 1995-1997, Snr Assoc with Umar Bandial & Assocs 1997-2001 and Hassan & Hassan in Lahore 2001-2002, independent practice 2002-2003, Partner at Bhandari, Naqvi & Riaz in Lahore since 2003.
    • a) Sara Sultan Begum. b. at New Delhi, 11th September 1970, educ. North Foreland Lodge, Hampshire, and the Sch of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), London. m. at Islamabad, Pakistan, 25th December 1992, Sahibzada Faiz Muhammad Khan (b. at Karachi, Pakistan, 15th August 1959), eldest son of Nawabzada Shaharyar Muhammad Khan, by his wife, Najma Begum Sahiba. She has issue, one daughter – see above.
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[1995 - 2011] 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 Qasr-e-Sultani, Ahmedabad Palace, Bhopal, 5th January 1941, only son of H.H. Sikander Saulat, Iftikhar ul-Mulk, Mehr-i-Taj Nawab 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. Minto Circle (Muslim University High Sch), Aligarh, UP, Welham Boys’ Sch, Dehra Dun, Lockers Park Sch, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, Winchester Coll, Winchester, Hampshire, and Balliol Coll, Oxford. Succeeded on the death of his father as Nawab of Pataudi, 5th January 1952. Formally installed at the Ibrahim Kothi, Pataudi, Gurgaon, Haryana, February 1952. Cricketer with Sussex County Cricket Club 1957-1970 (Capt 1966) and the Indian National Cricket Team 1961-1971 (Capt 1962-1971) and 1973-1975 (Capt 1974-1975), Capt Oxford Univ Cricket Team 1961-1962, Mngr Indian National Cricket Team 1974-1975, International Cricket Council (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 Awqaf-e-Shahi Bhopal 1995-2011. Patron The Nawab of Bhopal & Pataudi Polo Tournament 1997-2012. Presdt Indian Cricket Players’ Assoc 2002-2011. Mbr Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Kent County Cricket Club, Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council 2008-2010, Cricket Club of India (Bombay), Roshanara Club (Delhi), etc. Author of “Tiger’s Tale” (1969). Editor of “Sportsworld“ 1970-2001. Rcvd: Padma Shri (25.1.1967), 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 Jitendranath Tagore, of Calcutta, a relative of Sir Rabindranath Tagore, by his wife, a daughter of Gyanendra Baruah, of Gauhati, Assam. He d. from a lung infection, at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, 22nd September 2011 (bur. Pataudi), having had issue, one son and two daughters:
  • 1) Nawabzada Muhammad Saif ‘Ali Khan*, who succeeded as H.H. Padma Shri Nawab Muhammad Saif ‘Ali Khan Bahadur, Hanifi ul-Muzhab, Nawab of Pataudi, Head of the Royal House of Bhopal - see below.
  • 1) Nawabzadi Saba Sultan Begum Sahiba. b. at Delhi, 1975, educ. British Sch and Delhi Coll of Arts, New Delhi, and the Gemological Inst of America (GIA), Carlsbad, California, USA. Jewellery designer with Vijay Jewellers 1998. Chief Chief Mutawali of the Awqaf-e-Shahi Bhopal since 2011 (Naib Mutawali 2008-2011) and Nazir (Caretaker) of the Bhopal Ruba’at (Pilgrims’ Guesthouse) in Medina since 2012.
  • 2) Nawabzadi Soha Sultan Begum Sahiba [Soha Ali Khan Pataudi]. b. at Delhi, 4th October 1978, educ. British Sch, Delhi, Balliol Coll, Oxford (BA), and the London Sch of Economics (LSE), London (MA). Employed with Ford Foundation, and Investment Consultant at Citibank, now a Bollywood film actress. m. at Khar, Bombay, 25th January 2015 (civil), Kunal Sharik Khemu (b. at Srinagar, Kashmir, 25th May 1983), educ. Niranjanlal Dalmia High Sch, Narsee Monjee Coll, Mumbai, and Amity Univ, Noida, UP, Bollywood film actor, son of Ravi Khemu, of Bombay, a Kashmiri Buddhist, sometime television actor, by his wife, Jyoti Khemu, sometime television actress.
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[2011] H.H. Padma Shri Nawab Muhammad Saif ‘Ali Khan Bahadur, Hanifi ul-Muzhab, Nawab of Pataudi, Head of the Royal House of Bhopal. b. at Delhi, 16th August 1970, né Sajjid ‘Ali Khan*, only son of H.H. Padma Shri Nawab Muhammad Mansur ‘Ali Khan Bahadur, Hanifi ul-Muzhab, Nawab of Pataudi, Head of the Royal House of Bhopal, by his wife, H.H. Nawab Ayesha Sultan Begum Sahiba, née Sharmila Tagore, educ. The Lawrence Sch, Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh, Lockers Park Sch, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, and Winchester Coll, Winchester, Hampshire. Renamed Saif, three weeks after his birth*. Actor and Bollywood film star in over forty motion pictures, concurrently a film producer since 2009. Succeeded on the death of his father as Nawab of Pataudi and Head of the Royal House of Bhopal, 22nd September 2011. Formally installed as Nawab of Pataudi at the Ibrahim Kothi, Pataudi, Gurgaon, 31st October 2011. Brand Ambassador for Siyaram Silk Mills Ltd. Rcvd: Padma Shri (25.1.2010). b. (first) at the Ibrahim Kothi, Pataudi, Gurgaon, Haryana, October 1991 (div. 2004), Amrita Begum [Amrita Singh] (b. at Hadali, Sargodha, Punjab, 9th February 1958), educ. The Modern Sch, Delhi, actor and Bollywood film star, maternal granddaughter of The Hon Sardar Bahadur Sir Sobha Singh, OBE, of Hadali, Sargodha, Punjab, and daughter of Sardar Shivendra Singh Virk, of Jandiala, in Amritsar, Punjab, a Sikh, by his wife, Sardarni Rukshana Sultana, née Meenu Bimbet, daughter of Group Captain Madan Mohan Singh Bimbet [Paddy Bimbet], late IAF. m. (second) at Bandra, Bombay, Maharashtra, 16th October 2012 (civil), and at the Ibrahim Kothi, Pataudi, Gurgaon, Haryana, 18th October 2012 (nikah), Kareena Kapoor (b. at Bombay, Maharashtra, 21st September 1980), educ. Jamnabai Narsee Sch, Bombay, Welham Girls’ Sch, Dehra Dun, Mithibai Coll, Vile Parle, Government Law Coll, and the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Bombay, actor and Bollywood film star in over fifty motion pictures, née Siddhama Kapoor, younger daughter of Randhir Kapoor, sometime actor and Bollywood film star, by his wife, Bhambhani [Babita Kapoor], the actor and Bollywood film star known as ‘Babibta’, daughter of Hari Shivdasani, of Bombay, sometime Bolywood actor, originally from Sind. He has issue, one son and one daughter by his first wife, and one son by his second wife:
  • 1) Nawabzada Muhammad Ibrahim ‘Ali Khan. b. October 2001 (s/o Amrita), educ. Dhirubhai Ambani International Sch, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bombay, Maharashtra.
  • 2) Nawabzada Muhammad Taimur ‘Ali Khan Pataudi. b. at Bombay, Maharashtra, 20th December 2016 (s/o Kareena).
  • 1) Nawabzadi Sarah Begum Sahiba [Sara Ali Khan]. b. at Bombay, Maharashtra, 12th August 1995 (d/o Amrita), edu. Columbia Univ (BA 2016), Manhattan, New York, USA.
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* The Bombay marriage registration papers for his second marriage to Kareena Kapoor are in the name of Sajjid ‘Ali Khan, apparently on the authority of information stated by the Nawab himself. Saif ‘Ali Khan may consequently be only a professional or nickname.
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