A statement from his office in Hyderabad said that Mir Barkat Ali Khan, popularly known as the 8th Nizam Prince Makram Jah Bahadur of Hyderabad, died on Saturday night in Istanbul, Turkey. He was 89 years old.
“We are deeply saddened to inform that the 8th Nizam Ala Nawab of Hyderabad, Mir Barkat Ali Khan Walashan Makram Jah Bahadur passed away peacefully last night at 10:30 PM (IST) in Istanbul, Turkey,” the statement said on Sunday. but died”.
Following the prince’s wish to be laid to rest in his native land, his children are scheduled to accompany his body to Hyderabad on Tuesday.
“On arrival, the body will be taken to Chaumahalla Palace and after completing the necessary rites, it will be buried in the tombs of the Asif Jahi family,” the statement said, adding that the schedule and other details would be announced at a later date. will be released.
Mukram Jah was born on 6 October 1933 to Mir Makhai Ali Khan alias Azam Jah Bahadur, the first son of Mir Usman Ali Khan, the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad before its accession to the Indian Union in September 1948.
His mother, Princess Duro Shiver, was the daughter of Sultan Abdul Majid 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 Makram Jah was named the titular head of the Asif Jahi family on 14 June 1954 by his grandfather.
“Since then, he has been identified as the eighth and last Nizam of Hyderabad. His succession was recognized in principle by the Government of India. He was officially called the Prince of Hyderabad until 1971 when the Indian Union had done away with the title and the privy purse,” Khan said.
According to him, the Nizam made his grandson the “Gadi” instead of his first son Prince Azam Jah Bahadur. Thus Makram Jah succeeded as the eighth Nizam on 24 February 1967 on the death of the last former ruler of Hyderabad.
Makram Jah was first married to Princess Esra of Turkey with whom he has two children – Prince Azmat Ali Khan and Princess Shahkiar. Later he married Miss Helen Simmons of Australia with whom he has a son Prince Alexander Azam Khan. He is also said to be based in London. Yet later he married Manolia Onor with whom he has a daughter, Nilufer. His fourth wife is Jamila Bolros. His daughter’s name is Zairan Nisa Begum.
Makram Jah Bahadur owns properties in Hyderabad such as Falknama Palace, Khlot Palace, King Koti and Charan Palace, located in the middle of KBR National Park in Jubilee Hills. These properties are looked after by his first ex-wife Princess Esra who occasionally visits and stays at Falak-nama Mahal in Hyderabad, which has been converted into Taj Falak-nama Mahal, Khan said.