Hyderabad: The man who laid the foundation for modern Hyderabad had few persons to remember him on his 109th death anniversary. There was no programme to mark the occasion. A few heritage lovers, close family members and some casual visitors turned up to pay homage to the 6th Nizam, Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, on Thursday. They offered floral tributes to his grave situated in the Makkah Masjid.

Dr Chiranjeevi Kolluri, president of the Hyderabad Deccan Democratic Alliance, Capt L. Panduranga Reddy, president of the Voice of Telangana, M.A. Raheem, president of the Nawab Mir Mahboob Ali Khan Foundation, and Safiullah of Deccan Heritage Trust were present on the occasion.

Though he led a lavish lifestyle, the 6th Nizam undertook many administrative reforms that benefitted many people. Development of railways, revision of revenue settlements, setting up of cotton mills at Hyderabad, Aurangabad and Gulbarga are among his significant achievements. The first railway line from Secunderabad to Wadi was laid in 1870 by the Nizam’s Guaranteed State Railway and later it was extended to Vijayawada. 

“Mahboob Ali Khan was responsible for connecting the princely state of Hyderabad with the rest of British India”, says P. Anuradha Reddy, chairperson, INTACH Hyderabad.

Apart from this, the sixth Nizam also gave top priority to the development of education, irrigation and medicine. Again, it was Mahboob Ali Khan who supported the setting up of the first Chloroform Commission in 1888 realising the importance of chloroform as an anaesthetic agent. The relief measures he took after the disastrous Musi floods of 1908 are significant and resulted in the planned construction and development of the Osman Sagar and Himayatsagar reservoirs.

Interestingly, Mahboob Ali Khan ascended the throne at the age of two when his father, Nawab Afzal-ud-Daula, died. Although there was a Council of Regency present to managed the administration till he came off age. The first Nizam to be coroneted by the representative of Her Majesty, the Queen, he was conferred the title of Grand Commander of the Star of India.

Poet, marksman, administrator and lover of gems and jewellery, the 6th Nizam had a refined taste. The famous Jacob diamond, which forms the crowning glory of the Nizam’s jewels, was actually bought by him. He led an extravagant life and had a big fascination for cars and clothes. He died at the age of 46 at Falaknuma Palace following a paralytic attack.

J.S. Ifthekhar

J.S. Ifthekhar is a senior journalist with nearly four decades of experience. Ifthekhar cut his teeth in journalism at the Indian Express before he moved to The Hindu. He was also associated with the Siasat Daily, Telangana Today, Deccan Chronicle, Onlooker magazine, Newstrack, Detective Digest and a few news agencies. He has written on different subjects and aspects of Hyderabadi life. However, his passion remains literature in general and Urdu poetry in particular. He is equally concerned with culture, heritage, civic affairs and problems confronting the man in the street. As a journalist he has taken up cudgels on behalf of the underprivileged and many of his stories in The Hindu saw the government promptly taking corrective measures. Ifthekhar has authored two books - Hyderabad - The Nawabi City on The Move and Haj - The Spirit Behind it. He has also translated two books from Urdu to English. Currently he is working on his third book - Poets and Writers of Deccan.

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One comment on "Few remember the 6th Nizam on his death anniversary"

  • Thank you very much Alijanab Ifthekar Sahab for the comprehensive writeup on Sixth Nizam, Mahboob Ali Pasha. RIP. Aameen. It is also said that he used to go incognito to find out the life of his subjects.
    Prof. Habeeb Ghatala

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