The Asaf Jahi Dynasty


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1967 - [1971] Lieutenant-General His Exalted Highness Rustam-i-Dauran, Arustu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamaluk, Asaf Jah VIII, Muzaffar ul-Mamaluk, Nizam ul-Mulk, Nizam ud-Daula, Nawab Mir Barakat ‘Ali Khan Bahadur, Sipah Salar, Fath Jang, Faithful Ally of the British Government, Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar. b. at the Hilafet Palace, Nice, France, 6th October 1933, elder son of General H.H. Azam Jah, Walashan Nawab Mir Himayat ‘Ali Khan Bahadur, Prince of Berar, GCIE, GBE, by his wife, H.H. Nawab Durr-i-Shahvar Durdana Begum Sahiba, Princess of Berar, educ. the Doon Sch., Dehra Dun, Harrow Sch, Middlesex, Peterhouse, Cambridge (MA), the RMA Sandhurst, and the London Sch of Economics (LSE). Cmsnd as 2nd-Lieut British Army  1956, attached RE (TA), Hon Officer Royal Deccan Horse, IA, prom Hon Maj and Hon Col 9th Deccan Horse. Colonel-in-Chief 3rd (Nizam’s Own) Golconda Lancers 1937-1950, Hon Lieut-Gen Hyderabad State Forces 1949. Granted the title of Walasham Nawab Mukarram Jah 1937. Designated by his grandfather as his heir and sucessor, 14th June 1954 (recognised by the GOI, 1st March 1964). Succeeded on the death of his grandfather, 24th January1967 (recognised by the GOI, 27th February 1967). Installed at the Khilwat Palace, Chow-Mahalla, Hyderabad, 6th April 1967. The GOI amended the Indian Constitution to remove his position as a "ruler" and his right to receive privy-purse payments, 28th December 1971. Pro-Chancellor Osmania Univ, Hyderabad 1967. Chair Mukarram Jah Trust for Education & Learning (MJTEL) since 1971. Patron Mukarram Jah Technical Institute, Mukarram Jah High Sch, etc. Mbr Indian National Trust For Art and Cultural Heritae (INTACH) since 1984. Rcvd: Nizam’s Silver Jubilee (mil. 1937), Tunis Victory (1942), and Hyderabad War (1945) medals. m. (first) at London, 12th April 1959 (sep. 1973, and div. at Perth, Western Australia, 1981) Nawab Esra Begum Sahiba [H.H. Princess Esra Jah] (b. at London, 1939; m. second, B.A. Hanin, and had further issue, two sons and one daughter), educ. London Univ, Patron Princess Esra Hospital, Princess Esra Medical Aid Soc (Hyderabad), Founder Friend of the Razumovsky Trust (London) 2005, Dir SEDEF Trustee Co Pvt Ltd since 2002, etc, née Esra Yegane Birgen, daughter of Sheref Birgen, research chemist, by his wife, Reyan Şehsuvaroğlu, daughter of Hüseyin Siret Özsever [Hüseyin Cahit], the poet, by his wife, Yegane Khanum, daughter of Field Marshal H.H. Damad Fathi Ahmad Pasha, of Rhodes, sometime Minister for War. m. (second) at Perth, Western Australia, 1979 (relig.) and March 1980 (civil) (sep. 1987), Helen Simmonds (b. 26th August 1948; d. at the Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia, 13th May 1989), styled Ayesha Begum Sahiba 1979-1987, previously employed with the drama division of the BBC and a former airline hostess, daughter of John Simmonds, a retired steel corporation mngr. m. (third) at the Chiraan Palace, Hyderabad, August 1990 (nikah) (div. at Geneva, Switzerland, 1994), Manolya-i-Nur Begum Sahiba [Princess Manolya Jah] (b. 1955), née Manolya Onur, educ. Univ of the Sorbonne, Paris, France, Miss Turkey 1975 & 1976, Turkish Miss Universe candidate in 1976, former wife of Süha Özgermi. m. (fourth) at Havelock House, West Perth, Australia, August 1993 (div. December 1993) Jameela Bourgos (b. 1971) or Jamila Boularous, styled Jamila Begum Sahiba, a former air hostess and bank attendant from Morocco. m. (fifth) at Hyderabad, 16th February 1995, Orchedi Begum Sahiba [Princess Orchid Jah] (b. 1958), née Ayesha Orkide, a Turkish national, former wife of …Kapani. He had issue, three sons and two daughters:
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