Hyderabad: Despite inheriting a rich legacy and a huge fortune that left the world awestruck, Nizam Mir Barket Ali Khan Walashan Siddiqi Mukarram Jah Bahadur, the titular eighth Nizam of Hyderabad, maintained a low profile and died in obscurity.
Among the Nizams, Mir Barket Ali Khan, or Mukkaram Jah as he was known, was still the last popular face.
Although he lived in Australia and the UK, and Istanbul of Turkey in his last days, interspersed with rare visits to Hyderabad, his heart yearned for his family’s old kingdom so much that he willed for his mortal remains to be buried here.
The Nizam’s dominion was one of the richest states in the world before it merged with India.
Barket Ali Khan, the grandson of Hyderabad’s last Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan, died in Istanbul, Turkey at 10.30 pm on Saturday at the age of 89.
As per his desire of being laid to rest in his homeland, the mortal remains will be buried at the Asaf Jahi family tombs. The mortal remains will be taken to Chowmahalla Palace and after the rituals to the final resting place.
Barket Ali Khan was anointed the VIIIth Nizam of Hyderabad after the death of his grandfather Mir Osman Ali Khan, the Nizam VII on April 6, 1967, at the historic Chowmahalla Palace. He was heading the Nizam’s Charitable Trust and Mukarram Jah Trust for Education and Learning.