Descendants want Nizam’s jewels back home

Hyderabad: It was repeatedly tried to bring the invaluable jewellery of Nizam back to Hyderabad, but the central government deprived people of Telangana and Hyderabad from witnessing the glitter, on the pretext of its safety. Now the members of Nizam family renewed their long-standing demand to bring the treasure back to the city and put the jewels on permanent display. It must be noted that 173 pieces of exquisite jewellery of the royal family lie locked in Reserve Bank of India vaults in Delhi. The jewels travelled from Hyderabad to RBI lockers way back in 1995 after Government of India bought the treasures from Nizam’s trust.

Addressing a press conference here Prince Shahamat Jah, son of Prince Moazzam Jah Bahadur and grandson of Osman Ali Khan and Prince Himayat Mirza great grandson of the seventh Nizam unique, reiterated their demand to bring the treasure back home. They said otherwise the family members of Royal family will begin hunger strike.

The press conference coincided with the 131st birth anniversary of the last Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan.

Mr. Himayat Ali Mirza said “It is unfortunate that people of this city are deprived of such an important part of history”. He asserted that the members of Royal family will soon meet Chief Minster Mr. K Chandrasekhar Rao and request him to facilitate return of jewellery to Hyderabad. Hyderabad must have its own museum to display the Nizam’s jewellery, so that people of Hyderabad and Telangana can witness the glitters, he said. He further told that the government of India had purchased the jewels for a sum of Rs 217 crore.

Addressing the press conference, Prince Shahamat Jah maintained that Brahamanand Reddy Park was set up at 434 acre land of Chiran palace. He demanded to name the park after Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur.

Both the descendants of Nizam agreed to the point that only Rs. 50 must be charged from the visitors of the jewellery exhibition and the revenue generated from this should be spent on the welfare of widows and orphans.