Mir Barkat Ali Khan, popularly known as the eighth Nizam of Hyderabad, Prince Mukharam Ja Bahadur, died on Saturday night in Istanbul, Turkey, his office in Hyderabad said in a statement. He is 89 years old.
“We are deeply saddened to inform that the eighth Nizam Nawab of Hyderabad, Mir Burket Ali Khan Walashan Mukarram Jah Bahadur, passed away peacefully last night at 10:30 pm (IST) in Istanbul, Turkey,” the statement said on Sunday.
Following the prince’s wish to be cremated in his hometown, his children will accompany his body to Hyderabad on Tuesday.
“On arrival, the body will be taken to Chowmahalla Palace and after completion of necessary rites 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 Shewar was the daughter of Sultan Abdul Mejid II, the last Sultan of Turkey (Ottoman Empire). She died in the early 2000s.
According to senior journalist and columnist Mir Ayub Ali Khan, Prince Mukharam Jah was installed as the nominal head of the Asaf Jahi dynasty by his grandfather on June 14, 1954.
“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. Hence, Mukarram Jha succeeded as the eighth Nizanga on February 24, 1967 after the death of the last ex-ruler to rule Hyderabad.
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 staying in London. However, he is married to Manolya Onur, with whom he has a daughter, 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, now the Taj Falaknuma Palace,” Khan said.