Mutiny and the Astrologer

July 22nd, 2007

The Father of Banjara Hills

Legends and anecdotes of Hyderabad : 27

By Narendra Luther

Syed Mohammed Mehdi, popularly known was Nawab Mehdi Nawaz Jung is a person whom the people of Hyderabad can’t forget. He was born in 1894 and married the eldest daughter of Nawab Akeel Jung Bahadur, a minister of the Nizam.

After his graduation, Mehdi was selected for the Revenue Department and served in Bellary, Gulbarga and Nalgonda districts. In each of these placed he took keen interest in the welfare of women and the weaker sections of society. He visited Europe to study the cooperative movement there. In 1926 when Maharaja Sir Kishen Pershad became President of the Nizam’s Executive Council (Prime Minister) he was appointed as secretary to the Council and remained in that job for 11 years. At the end of that he earned the title of ‘Jung’ and so became known as Nawab Mehdi Nawaz Jung Bahadur.

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142 comments July 20th, 2007

Poet, Barrister and Administrator

By Narendra Luther

One of the notable figures of Hyderabad during the first half of 20th century Hyderabad was Nizamuddin Ahmed. He was born in 1871, to Rafat Yar Jung I, a noble of Hyderabad who served as subebdar (commissioner) of various divisions of Hyderabad. Nizamuddin Ahmed later became famous as Sir Nizamat Jung.

After matriculating in Hyderabad, he went to England where he graduated from the Trinity College, Cambridge, took a degree in law in 1891 and was later called to the Bar from the Inner Temple in 1895 when he was barely 24. On return, he set up practice in Chennai (then Madras) but had to return to Hyderabad because the State government wanted him to serve the State accordingly to the terms of the loan granted for his studies. In Hyderabad , he joined the Hyderabad Civil Service in 1893 and rose to the positions of eminence like the Home Secretary, Judge, and later Chief Justice of the State High Court.

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84 comments July 18th, 2007

Nimam’z shooting Match with The Archduke

Legends and Anecdotes of Hyderabad : 24

By Narendra Luther

No Nizam ever went out of India. Only the last two Nizams ventured out of Hyderabad to - Calcutta and - to Delhi. The prime minister of Hyderabad had to take special permission of the Nizam even to go out of the walled city of Hyderabad. See Complete Article in our Narendra Luther Archives

77 comments May 9th, 2007

‘JOSH’ in Hyderabad

Legends and Anecdotes of Hyderabad : 21

By Narendra Luther

Dagh was the first poet of note to come to Hyderabad. He became the poetic preceptor of the Sixth Nizam. Jaleel Manikpuri succeeded him and had the unique distinction of being the `ustad’ of two Nizam. Urdu poets and men of letters from `Hindustan’, as the British India was then called by the people of Hyderabad, flocked to the city in search of fortune. See Complete Article in our Narendra Luther Archives

85 comments May 8th, 2007

The Rambagh Temple

Legends and Anecdotes of Hyderabad - 18

By Narendra Luther

We have seen (The Legend of Ramdas - November, 1995 issue) how the temple at Bhadrachalam was built during the rule of last Qutb Shahi ruler, Tana Shah. The Tahsildar of Bhadrachalam had misappropriated some of the state revenues to supplement his resources to build the now famous temple. For this he was imprisoned. But, according to a legend, the dues against him were cleared by Rama and Lakshmana during a nocturnal visit to the Sultan. He therefore, pardoned and released him and also offered to reinstate him. After that a presentation of jewels used to be made to the temple on every Ram Navami day. This practice continued under the Nizams also and even today the chief minister of the State presents the jewels to the deities. See Complete Article in our Narendra Luther Archives

56 comments May 7th, 2007

Ustad To Two Nizams

Legends and Anecdotes of Hyderabad : 20

by Narendra Luther

Dagh was the first to become the `ustad’ of Nizam VI. His story has been narrated earlier. Dagh died in 1905, but none was appointed to fill his vacancy. Hafiz Jaleel Hassan `Jaleel’ Manikpuri came to the city in 1900, and like Dagh had to wait for a long time before fortune smiled on him. The story of his appointment in 1909 is interesting. See Complete Article in our Narendra Luther Archives

46 comments May 7th, 2007

Some Eccentric Orders

Legends and Anecdotes of Hyderabad – 17

by Narendra Luther

Governments all over the world are sometimes found in awkward situations for issuing eccentric or amusing orders. Sometimes what appears to be absolutely normal in one age , may look amusing or eccentric to succeeding generations. In the feudal order there were many practices which in the democratic and constitutional setup of today may seem rather amusing. See Complete Article in our Narendra Luther Archives

48 comments May 6th, 2007

Poetic Tutor of Nizam VI

Legends and Anecdotes of Hyderabad - 16

by Narendra Luther

The ideal ruler in Islam is a combination of a warrior and a poet. Since every ruler can’t be a poet, it was quite common for rulers to appoint a poetic preceptor an ustad - to teach them how to compose poetry, and if necessary, to ghost - write it for them. See Complete Article in our Narendra Luther Archives

Add comment May 5th, 2007

The First Salar Jung

Legends and Anecdotes of Hyderabad - 14

By Narendra Luther

Mir Turab Ali Khan became `diwan’ (prime minister) of Hyderabad at the age of 23 in 1853 and continued in that office till 1883 through the reigns of three Nizams (4th to 6th). He was given the title of Salar Jung and he was the first of the three with that title - all prime ministers in their own time. The British knighted him. See Complete Article in our Narendra Luther Archives

40 comments May 4th, 2007

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