Today is the 50th death anniversary of His Exalted Highness Rustam-i-Dauran, Arustu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamaluk, Asaf Jah VII, Muzaffarul- Mulk-Wal-Mumilak, Nizam-ul- Mulk, Nizam ud Daula Nawab Mir Sir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, Sipah Saula, Fateh Jung, Nizam of Hyderabad and of Berar, Knight Grand Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Honorable General in the Army, Faithful Ally of the British Government.
In short he was addressed as His Exalted Highness The Nizam of Hyderabad. He was born on 6th April 1886 and died on 24th February 1967. He was the last ruler of the Princely State of Hyderabad and Berar, which he ruled for 37 years from 1911 to 1948. And on 17th September 1948, he surrendered his kingdom to the Indian Union. His kingdom covered an area of 214,190 sq. Kms. that is almost the size of Great Britain. During his reign he was declared as the richest man in the world.
My father was an Officer in H.E.H. The Nizam’s State Railway for 12 years and as Hyderabad was acceded to the Indian Union; it became a part of Indian Railways. It is only the old timers of Hyderabad and his kingdom who remember him now. Not much is discussed about him these days. When he died I was studying 10th Class. For many days thereafter there was lot of news of him, his life and his rule. That is how I know much about him and of all the good he has done to Hyderabad and his kingdom. Thereafter I have collected a number of books on the history of Hyderabad, in each of those books he is covered and projected very prominently.
I remember him today with all admiration for his good deeds. Those of you who do not know much about him may click on the following Wikipedia link to get a proper introduction: