MURSHIDABAD

 

The Najafi Dynasty

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1880 - 1906 ‘Ali Qadr, Amir ul-Umara, Ihtisham ul-Mulk, Rais ud-Daula, Nawab Sayyid Hasan ‘Ali Mirza Khan Bahadur, Mahabat Jang, Nawab of Murshidabad, GCIE (20.5.1890, KCIE 15.2.1887). b. at Hazardowari Palace, Murshidabad, 25th August 1846, eldest son of H.H. Faridun Jah, Muntazim ul-Mulk, Mohsin ud-Daula, Nawab Sayyid Mansur ‘Ali Khan Bahadur, Nusrat Jang, Nawab Nazim of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, by his wife, Guiti Afroz Mahal, Nawab Mehr Lekha Begum Sahiba, educ. privately at Mushidabad and in England. Appointed as the representative of his father, 1873. Succeeded as Head of the Royal House of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, on the abdication of his father, 1st November 1880. Granted the hereditary title of Nawab Bahadur of Murshidabad, 17th February 1882. Installed in the Durbar Room, of the at Hazardowari Palace, Murshidabad, 27th March 1883. Granted the titles of Ihtisham ul-Mulk, Rais ud-Daula, Mahabat Jang, and Amir ul-Umara 28th May 1887. Confirmed in the titles of Nawab Bahadur of Murshidabad and Amir ul-Umara, the precedence, rank, dignity and privileges of premier noble of the provinces of Bengal, Bihar and Orrissa, all inheritable by his lineal male descendants by right of primogeniture, 21st March 1891. m. (first) 1862, H.H. Nawab Amir Dulhan Kulsum un-nisa Begum Sahiba. m. (i) Mariam un-nisa Khanum, alias Bi Dugari. m. (a) Bi ... He d. at Hazardowari Palace, Murshidabad, 25th December 1906, having had issue, five sons and two daughters:
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1906 - 1959 H.H. Amir ul-Umara, Ihtisham ul-Mulk, Rais ud-Daula, Asif Qadr, Nawab Sayyid Wasif ‘Ali Mirza Khan Bahadur, Mahabat Jung [Bara Sahib], Nawab of Murshidabad, KCSI (1.1.1910), KCVO (4.1.1912). b. at Murshidabad, 7th January 1875, eldest son of ‘Ali Qadr, Amir ul-Umara, Ihtisham ul-Mulk, Rais ud-Daula, Nawab Sayyid Hassan ‘Ali Mirza Khan Bahadur, Mahabat Jung, Nawab of Murshidabad, GCIE, by his first wife, H.H. Nawab Amir Dulhan Kulsum un-nisa Begum Sahiba, educ. Sherborne, Dorset, Rugby, and Trinity Coll, Oxford. Adstr of the Nizamut 1895-1899, Chair Murshidabad Municipality 1899-1901, MLC Bengal 1901-1906. Succeeded on the death of his father, 25th December 1906. Represented Bengal at the Coronations of the King-Emperor Edward VII and Queen-Empress Alexandra at Westminster Abbey in London, 1902, and of the King-Emperor George V and Queen-Empress Mary at Westminster Abbey in London, 1911. Forced to surrender the administration of his estates to the Governmernt of India, after incurring debts ammounting to Rs. 19 lakhs, 11th December 1931. The Radcliffe Commission allotted Murshidabad district to Pakistan and the Pakistani flag was duely hoisted at the Hazarduari Palace, 15th August 1947. Within two days, the India exchanged Khulna for Mushidabad, and the Indian flag hoisted on 17th August 1947. The Government of West Bengal resumed all these estates in 1953. A noted Urdu and English poet and author of “A Mind’s Reproduction” (1934). Patron Calcutta Historical Soc. Founder Presdt Hindu-Muslim Unity Assoc. Presdt Anjuman-e-Musalmanan-e-Bangala, etc. Rcvd: Coron (1902, 1911 and 1937), Delhi Durbar (1903 and 1911), and Silver Jubilee (1935) medals. m. (first) at Calcutta, 1898, H.H. Nawab Sultan Dulhan Faghfur Jahan Begum Sahiba, nee Sahibzadi Nadar Jahan Begum, daughter of his paternal uncle, Wala Qadr, Sahibzada Sayyid Husain ‘Ali Mirza Bahadur. m. (second) 1903 (div.), Nawab Mumtaz Mahal Imami Begum Sahiba, widow of Ahmad Qadr, Sahibzada Sayyid Banda Abbas Mirza Bahadur, and daughter of Kaiwan Qadr, Sahibzada Sayyid Ahmad ‘Ali Mirza Bahadur. m. (third) Nawab Mehr Jahan Dildar Ara Begum Sahiba, daughter of Ahmad Qadr, Sahibzada Sayyid Banda Abbas Mirza Bahadur. m. (1) (muta) Sugra Khanum. m. (ii) Sushila Khanum. He d. at his residence at 85 Park Street, Calcutta, 23rd October 1959 (bur. Jaffaraganj Cemetery, Murshidabad), having had issue, five sons and three daughters:
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1959 - 1969 H.H. Amir ul-Umara, Ihtisham ul-Mulk, Rais ud-Daula, Nawab Sayyid Waris ‘Ali Mirza Khan Bahadur, Mahabat Jang, Nawab of Murshidabad. b. at Murshidabad, 14th November 1901, eldest son of H.H. Asif Qadr Amir ul-Umara, Ihtisham ul-Mulk, Rais ud-Daula, Asif Qadr, Nawab Sayyid Wasif ‘Ali Mirza Khan Bahadur, Mahabat Jang, Nawab of Murshidabad, KCSI, KCVO, by his first wife, H.H. Nawab Sultan Dulhan Faghfur Jahan Begum Sahiba, daughter of Wala Qadr, Sahibzada Sayyid Husain ‘Ali Mirza Bahadur. Page of Honour to Queen-Empress Mary during the Imperial Tour of India 1911-1912. Succeeded on the death of his father, 23rd October 1959. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar silver (1911), Silver Jubilee (1935) and Coron (1937) medals. m. (first) at Calcutta, August 1921 (div. 29th March 1932) Zeenat un-nisa Begum Sahiba (b. 14th November 1902; d. at Calcutta, 1st November 1967, bur. there at the Calcutta Jewish Cemetery, Beleghata), née Moselle Meyer [Mazal Tob Meyer], a Jewish lady, daughter of Reuben Meyer, by his wife, Flora. m. (second) before 1932, Wahid un-nisa Begum Sahiba [H.H. Nawab Begum of Murshidabad] (b. at London, 23rd November 1905), née Muriel Frances Mchellan. He d. at Calcutta, 20th November 1969, having had issue, three sons and two daughters:
Nawab Sayyid Waris ‘Ali Mirza and his second wife, Wahid un-nisa Begum, also had a step-son:
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