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Nawabs of Bhopal : Nawab Hamidullah Khan

Nawab Hamidullah Khan

Nawab Hamidullah Khan
Nawab Hamidullah Khan
(9th September 1894 - 2nd Feb 1960)

  • His full name was Nawab Sikandar Saulat Iftikhar-UI-Mulk Bahadur Hamidullah Khan.
  • He was the 3rd and last (only surviving) son of Begum Sultan Jahan, ascending the throne on 9th June 1926.
  • He was married to Maimuna Sultan on 05th December 1905.
  • He, too, had a Hindu Prime Minister in Raja Awadh Narayan Bisariya
  • He was the first male ruler of Bhopal in five generations.
  • Prior to becoming the Nawab, he was appointed Chief Secretary to his mother's government.
  • He was an able administrator and politician.
  • Though heading a rather small State of Bhopal, he was politically very adroit. Thus, he was Chancellor of the prestigious Chamber of Princes on two occasions.
  • At the 2nd round table conference, he advocated the independence of India in his capacity as Chancellor of the Chamber of Princes. This action of his was praised by Gandhiji.
  • He developed a very good administrative system.
    • The Municipal Corporation ordinance was promulgated in his tenure.
    • Even the queen of England was full of praise for this system
  • He had a lot of concern for his subjects.
  • In 1942 there was a severe effect of bad weather on the standing crops, and he promptly took steps to alleviate the sufferings of his people.
  • Dussehra and Id-Ul-Fitr were the only festivals officially celebrated in the State of Bhopal in his tenure.
  • He donated land for the construction of the prestigious Cricket Club of India (CCI) at Mumbai.
  • In addition, he also donated land for the Jamia Millia Islamia at New Delhi
  • The New Vihar at Sanchi was built by him
    • The inauguration ceremony of the Vihar saw the arrival of many distinguished guests, both Indian and foreign :-
      • Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, and Pt. J. L. Nehru.
      • Prime Minister of Japan
      • Shri Unu, Prime Minister of Burma.
    • The Nawab had severe problem in walking, thus, he went by helicopter to the site.

    Foundation Stone of New Sanchi Vihar
    Foundation Stone of New Sanchi Vihar

  • He started the Hamidia Inter College at Bhopal
    • It was started in Minto Hall
    • To begin with, it was affiliated to the Ajmer Board
  • He introduced cycle polo in Bhopal.
  • He was a very good shooter and pilot.
  • In the typical royal style, he was a keen golfer
  • On the death of his Prime Minister, the palace he gifted to him was taken over by the government of M.P. This palace housed the office of the R.T.O. at Bhopal when Madhya Pradesh was formed.

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