• Asif Jahs of Hyderabad
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  • Asif Jahs of Hyderabad

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    Pages: 391
    Language: English
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Hyderabad was one of the largest and most populous among India's five hundred and fifty princely States on the eve of her independence in August, 1947. It was also the last to join the newly independent India. Founded in 1724 in the declining phase of Moghul power, the State experienced many fluctuations in its fortunes under British imperial dispensation. The Nizams, who ruled over it, were the first in eighteenth century to enter into what is known as Subsidiary Alliance with the British- a partnership that resulted in virtual loss of the rulers antonomy and independence of action. And it was the Nizams who probably suffered most from the excess of Paramountcy-a vague political concept which the British later employed with telling effect to exercise total control over India's Native States.

Even so, Hyderabad held out for thirteen months before integrating in 1948 with the Indian Union...

The book traces the origins, rise and eventual diminution, of the line of Hyderabads rulers, the Asif Jahs, and covers the event-filled year culminating in a short military action that led to the States integration with India. A succession of important, middle-level and minor actors flit through the narrative: native rulers and their imperial masters, ministers, politicians, civilians, activists and Generals besides ordinary men who populated the pages of Hyderabads recent history.