Mir Barkat Ali Khan, popularly known as Eighth Nizam of Hyderabad Prince Mukharam Ja Bahadur (89), breathed his last in the Turkish capital Istanbul on Saturday night, his office said in a statement on Sunday.
“We are deeply saddened to inform that the eighth Nizam Nawab of Hyderabad, Mir Burket Ali Khan Walashan Mukarram Jah Bahadur, passed away peacefully in Istanbul, Turkey at 10:30 pm (IST) last night,” the statement said.
Following the prince’s wish to be cremated in his homeland, his children will accompany his body to Hyderabad on January 17.
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“On arrival, the body will be taken to Chowmahalla Palace, after completion of necessary rites it will be buried at Asaf Zahi family graves,” the statement said, adding that the schedule and other details would be released in due course.
Mukarram Jah was born on October 6, 1933, to Mir Himayat Ali Khan alias Azam Jah Bahadur, the first son of Mir Usman Ali Khan, the seventh Nizam of the princely state of Hyderabad before its merger with the Indian Union in September 1948.
His mother, Princess Durru Shevar, was the daughter of the last Sultan of Turkey (Ottoman Empire), Sultan Abdul Mejid II. She died in the early 2000s.
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According to senior journalist and columnist Mir Ayub Ali Khan, Prince Mukharam Jah was installed as the titular head of the Asaf Jahi dynasty on June 14, 1954 by his grandfather.
“Since then, he has been recognized as the eighth and last Nizam of Hyderabad. His legacy is recognized in principle by the Government of India. He was officially called the Prince of Hyderabad until 1971 when the Indian Union abolished the titles and privy purses,” Khan said.
According to him, the Nizam made his grandson “the grass heir” instead of his first son, Prince Azam Jah Bahadur. Thus, Mukarram Jha succeeded as the eighth Nizanga on February 24, 1967, when the last former ruler to rule Hyderabad died.
Mukarram Jah was first married to Princess Esra of Turkey, with whom he had two children—Prince Azmat Ali Khan and Princess Shekhyar. He later married Ms Helen Simmons of Australia, with whom he has a son, Prince Alexander Azam Khan. He is also reported to be living in London. However, he later married Manolya Onur, with whom he had a daughter named Nilofar. His fourth wife was Jamila Boulerus. Their daughter is Zairin Unnisa Begum.
“Mukarram Jah Bahadur owns properties in Hyderabad like Falaknuma Palace, Khilwat Palace, King Koti and Chiran Palace in the middle of KBR National Park in Jubilee Hills. These properties are looked after by his first wife Princess Esra, who occasionally stays at the Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, which has been converted into the Taj Falaknuma Palace,” Khan said.