PALANPUR

The Lohani Dynasty

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1854 - 1878 H.E. Zubdat ul-Mulk, Diwan Mahakhan Nawab Zorawar Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Diwan of Palanpur. b. at Palanpur, 1822, eldest son of Zubdat ul-Mulk, Diwan Mahakhan Nawab Fateh Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Diwan of Palanpur, by his first wife, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father, 11th July 1854. Ascended the musnaid on the same day. Assisted the British during the Indian Mutiny of 1857. Granted a sanad of adoption, 11th March 1862. Granted the personal style of His Excellency, 1 st January 1877. Rcvd: Prince of Wales's gold medal (1875) and KIH gold medal (1877). m. several wives. He d. at the Zorawar Palace, Palanpur, 28th August 1878 (bur. Lohani Maqbara, Palanpur), having had issue, an only surviving son:
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1878 - 1918 H.H. Zubdat ul-Mulk, Diwan Mahakhan Nawab Sir Sher Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Palanpur, GCIE (1.1.1898, KCIE 2.1.1893). b. at Palanpur, 1852, only surviving son of H.E. Zubdat ul-Mulk, Diwan Mahakhan Nawab Zorawar Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Diwan of Palanpur, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father, 28th August 1878. Ascended the musnaid on the same day. Formally installed at the Zorawar Palace, Palanpur, 19th September 1878. Assisted the British during the Second Afghan War in 1879. Raised to the hereditary title of Nawab together with the style of His Highness, and granted an enhanced personal salute of 13-guns, 1910. Attended the Coronation Durbars of King-Emperor Edward VII at Delhi in 1903 and King-Emperor George V at Delhi in 1911. An enlightened and conscientious ruler, he established a police force, schools for both boys and girls, introduced free primary education, built hospitals, founded travelling dispensaries and a library. He did much to improve agriculture by abolishing the traditional system of labour known as veith (similar to corvée), sinking water wells, improving irrigation and farm yields, and populating 68 new villages within the state. Road and rail links were also extended and improved during his reign. All this, despite suffering the calamity of three successive draughts and famines. Author of “Palanpur Rajyano Itihaas” (1912). Rcvd: Delhi Durbar gold medals (1903 and 1911). m. several wives. He d. at the Zorawar Palace, Palanpur, 28th September 1918 (bur. Lohani Maqbara, Palanpur), having had issue, two sons and two daughters:
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1918 - 1957 Colonel H.H. Zubdat ul-Mulk Shri Diwan Mahakhan Nawab Sir Taley Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Palanpur, GCIE (1.1.1932, KCIE 5.6.1920), KCVO (17.3.1922). b. at the Zorawar Palace, Palanpur, 7th July 1883, eldest son of H.H. Zubdat ul-Mulk, Shri Diwan Mahakhan NawabSir Sher Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Palanpur, GCIE, educ. privately at Palanpur and Bombay, and with the Imperial Cadet Corps, Dehra Dun. Appointed as Administrator of Palanpur State by his father 1912. Succeeded on his death, 28th September 1918. Installed on the musnaid, at Zorawar Palace, Palanpur, on the same day. Attached to the staff of Sir Henry McMahon during the State Visit of the Shah of Afghanistan 1907, cmsnd as Hon Lieut IA 1913, prom Hon Capt 1/11/1916, prom Hon Maj 18/1/1930, and Hon Lieut-Col 23/9/1936. Hon ADC to the Prince of Wales (later King-Emperor Edward VIII) during his Indian tour 1920-1921, Hon ADC to the King-Emperor George VI 11/12/1936-1946, Hon Extra ADC 25/1/1946-1952. Colonel-in-Chief Palanpur Iqbal Infantry 1922-1948, and 1st Jammu and Kashmir Infantry (Raghupratap) 24/2/1926-1954. Granted an increased salute of 13-guns, in recognition of the war services of his troops, 1st January 1921. Indian delegate to the League of Nations 1928. Attended the Coronation Durbars of King-Emperor Edward VII at Delhi in 1903 and King-Emperor George V at Delhi in 1911, and the Coronation of the King-Emperor George VI and Queen Empress Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey in London in 1937. Signed the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India, 15th August 1947. Merged his state into the Union of Saurashtra on 10th June 1948. He did much to build on the legacy of his distinguished father, particularly in improving agriculture and farm yields, through crop diversification. He also introduced far-reaching political reforms by promulgating the Palanpur State Reforms Act in 1939 which, amongst other things, established the first Raj Sabha with a majority of elected members. Founder & Chair Indo-Egyptian Assoc. Mbr Royal Soc of Arts (GB), Bombay Natural History Soc, Asiatic Soc of Bombay, etc. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar silver (1903 and 1911) Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron (1937) and Indian Independence (1948) medals. m. (first) at the Zorawar Palace, Palanpur, 20th January 1906, H.H. Sukhan Bai Begum Sahiba, daughter of Darbar Malik Shri Rustam Khanji, of Dasada. m. (second) at Bombay, 14th September 1939, H.H. Jahan Ara Begum Sahiba (b. at Fairlie House, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 15th September 1917), née Joan Alice Falkiner, who received the style of Her Highness the Begum of Palanpur in the final act of British sovereignty over India by the Viceroy, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, at three minutes to midnight on 14th August 1947, younger daughter of Leigh Sadleir Falkiner, Esq, of Wanganella Estate, and South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, by his wife, Beatrice Lyle, second daughter of Robert Edward Young, Esq, of Daylesford, Victoria, Australia. He d. at Mount Abu, Rajasthan, 20th May 1957 (bur. Lohani Maqbara, Palanpur), having had issue, one son and two daughters:
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Courtesy Azmat Syed/Sharada Dwivedi1957 - [2010]  Lieutenant-Commander H.H. Zubdat ul-Mulk Shri Diwan Mahakhan Nawab Iqbal Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Palanpur. b. at the Zorawar Palace, Palanpur, 8th June 1917, only son of Colonel H.H. Zubdat ul-Mulk Shri Diwan Mahakhan Nawab Sir Taley Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Palanpur, GCIE, KCVO, by his first wife, H.H. Sukhan Bai Begum Sahiba, educ. privately at Palanpur and Bombay. Attended the Coronation of the King-Emperor George VI and Queen Empress Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey in London in 1937. Mbr Without portfolio Palanpur State Council 1946-1948, Chief Minister (Wazir), Chair Palanpur Exec Council and Presdt Palanpur State Council 1945-1948. Succeeded on the death of his father, 20th May 1957. Hon Lieut-Cdr Indian Navy 15/8/1959, Hon ADC to five successive Presdts of India from 1959, MP (Rajya Sabha) 1960-1964 under the style of Shri Iqbal Taley Lohani, Mbr (non-official) Direct Taxes Advisory Cttee 1971. The GOI amended the Indian Constitution to remove his position as a “ruler” and his right to receive privy-purse payments, 28th December 1971. A talented sportsman and tennis champion. Presdt Shree Taley Mohamad Khan Silver Jubilee Jagirdar Education Trust, Bombay City Urdu Education Soc, Tagore Educational Soc, Indo-Arab Soc, Bharatiya Natya Sangha, Indian Centre of the International Theatre Inst (Paris), etc. Mbr Exec Cttee of the International Forum of the Soc of Goodwill & Culture, King George V Club, etc. Dir Rohit Pulp & Paper Mills Ltd, Bombay Mercantile Co-op Bank Ltd, Amersey Bros Ltd, Maktaba Jamia Ltd (New Delhi), Shalimar Biscuits (P) Ltd, Palanpur Samaj Kendra, etc. Rcvd: Silver Jubilee (1935), and Coron (1937) medals. m. at the Zorawar Palace, Palanpur, 11th March 1936, H.H. Maqbul Jehan Begum Sahiba (b. at Dasada, 20th October 1917), educ. privately, Chair Girl Guides Org ‘Friends of Sangam’, Mbr YWCA Carnival Cttee, Western Command WE WO, etc, daughter of Darbar Malik Shri Bapu Mian Sahib, of Dasada. He d. at Windemere, New Cuffe Parade, Colaba, Mumbhai, 6th September 2010, having had issue, two sons and one daughter:
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[2010] H.H. Zubdat ul-Mulk Shri Diwan Mahakhan Nawab Muzaffar Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Palanpur. b. 14th November 1939, elder son of Lieutenant-Commander H.H. Zubdat ul-Mulk Shri Diwan Mahakhan Nawab Iqbal Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Palanpur, by his wife, H.H. Maqbul Jahan Begum Sahiba. Succeeded on the death of his father as Head of the Royal House of Palanpur, 6th September 2010. m. Monica Khan-Palanpur, née Lehner, a lady of Swiss nationality, sometime professional photographer. He had issue, one son and one daughter:
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