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“Prime Ministers of India” helped re-uniting two Mughal’s families after 150 years

NEW DELHI, December 4: India’s all Prime Ministers including Dr. Manmohan Singh would in a way helped in reuniting two families of the Mughal dynasty living in India and Pakistan almost after one-and-half century. Mughals had ruled Indian subcontinent for more than 300 years and lasted in 1862 when the last lineage of Mughal emperors Bahadur Shah Zafar died in Ragoon at the age of 87.

The recently published 444-page hard bound pictorial coffee-table book “Prime Ministers of India:Bharat Bhagya Vidhata-1947-2009”, to rehabilitate Sultana Begum, the surviving kin of Bahadur Shah Zafar, became instrumental in re-uniting the two families living in two countries.

Compiled and edited by a senior journalist Shivnath Jha and his educationist wife Neena Jha, the book will be handed over to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh likely.

“I got an email from Badar-Uz-Zaman, 75, who lives at Muhammadi Park (Sanda Khurd) in Lahore in Pakistan after a story about the book and Sultana Begum was aired and p…

مُغل بادشاہ کی پڑپوتی کو نوکری کی پیشکش

مُغل بادشاہ کی پڑپوتی کو نوکری کی پیشکش
مُغل شہنشاہ بہاد رشاہ ظفر کی خدمات کو پورے برصغیر میں سراہا جاتا ہے اور ان خدمات کے صلہ میں بھارتی حکومت نے اُن کی غریب پڑپوتی کو نوکری دینے کا فیصلہ کیا ہے
احمد نُور
آخری مغل بادشاہ بہادر شاہ ظفر کی پانچویں نسل سے تعلق رکھنے والی اُن کی بہو اور پڑپوتی بھارتی صوبہ مغربی بنگال کی ایک کچی بستی میں غربت کی زندگی بسر کر رہی ہیں اور اپناپیٹ بھرنے کے لیے دونوں ماں بیٹی مل کر چائے کا کھوکھا چلا تی ہیں۔ تاہم بھارتی سرکار نے مغل بادشاہ کے خاندان کو غربت کی زندگی سے نکالنے کے لیے نوکری دینے کا فیصلہ کیا ہے۔
یاد رہے کہ سلطانہ بیگم بہادر شاہ ظفر کے سلسلہ نسب سے تعلق رکھنے والے محمد بیدار بخت کی بیوی ہیں جبکہ مادھو بیگم اُن کی بیٹی ہیں۔ محمد بیدار بخت کے والد کا نام جمشید بخت تھا اور دادا کا نام جوان بخت تھا۔ جوان بخت بہادر شاہ ظفر کے بیٹے تھے۔
1857ء میں انگریزوں کے خلاف لڑی جانے والی پہلی جنگ آزادی میں بہادر شاہ ظفر کے کردار کو پورے برصغیر میں آج تک سراہا جاتا ہے اور اُنہیں برصغیر پاک و ہند میں انگریزوں کے خلاف آخری مزاحمت خیال کیا جاتا ہے۔
یاد رہے مغل شہنشاہ کی…

US national offers to marry Mughals' descendants, thanks to BBC

It sounds just ‘not normal’. But it is true. A US national has offered to marry a 33-year-old ‘illiterate’ great great grand daughter of the Mughals who ruled Indian subcontinent for more than 300 years. Currently, she is living in penury in a slum in Howrah district of West Bengal in the eastern part of India.

A US national’s sympathetic action came in wake of a report appeared on BBC website followed by an interview of Shivnath Jha by BBC's Mr. Dand Damon from London for World Updates last week.

Mr. Jha and his wife Neena Jha, a teacher, have launched a nation wide movement to rehabilitate the descendants of forgotten heroes of India who had fought for the honour of India against the British Government during its freedom struggle.

“I was impressed by your efforts to support the Indian heroes. You make India and Indians pride. I am an Indian Born USA Citizen Electrical engineer,” Mr. Karamvir (Kevin) Singh in an Email to Mr. Jha said.

He said: “I have a personal question. Please let …

Poverty-stricken descendant of Mughals to get a job

Kolkata, July 01: State-run Coal India Ltd (CIL) has decided to offer employment to Madhu, the poverty-stricken fifth generation descendant of India's last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar
Madhu, 33, is the daughter of Sultana Begum and the late Muhammad Bedar Bakht, the great grandson of Bahadur Shah Zafar.
"On behalf of Coal India Ltd, I feel pleasure in offering employment to Madhu. It will be a great tribute to the last Mughal emperor who played a key role during the first war of independence in 1857," Coal India Chairman Partha Bhattacharyya said.
"It is the duty of the country to repay its debt to the family of those who sacrificed their lives for the country's freedom, especially in view of the recently concluded celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1857 uprising," he said.
The employment letter will be handed over to Madhu by Union Minister for Coal Sriprakash Jaiswal at a function to be held in the city next month.
The move by Coal India came…


It was really a great day for me, my father and Mumbai on May 19 when I, at the age of 13, first visited Mumbai, the business capital of India – the largest democracy in the world. I have reason to smile. By that time, the Congress Party and its allies in the United Progressive Allaince (UPA) had got mandate of the people of the country to reinstate the Government in Raisina Hill in New Delhi.
My parents – Mr. Shivnath Jha and my mother Mrs. Neena Jha – have compiled and edited a first-ever pictorial coffee-table book “Prime Ministers of India:Bharat Bhagya Vidhata” to rehabilitate Smt. Sultana Begum, the great grand daughter of India’s last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. She is living in a slum in Howrah.
We were in Mumbai to show the ornamental copy of the book to two senior senior bureaucrats and financial experts posted in Mumbai. After going through the book, both the officials, who were in their 60s, blessed my father and me for making such a book, never published before.
My f…

Impoverished Mughal royal descendant gets a helping hand

Shivnath Jha (extreme right) with The Hinduatan Times Resident Editor Mr. Rajiv Bagchi and Bismillah:The Beginning Foundation's one of the patron Mr. Vijay J Darda, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and owner of Lokmat Group of newspapers with Sultana Begum, the great grand daughter-in-law of India's last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar at a Press Conference at Calcutta Press Club. Mr Jha and his wife have compiled, edited and published a coffee-table book titled "Prime Ministers of India:Bharat Bhagya Vidhata" to rehabilitate Sultana Begum from the sale proceeds of the book.
Kolkata, May 2 (IANS) The great granddaughter-in-law of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar Sultana Begum, who now lives in a slum in West Bengal, is a little relieved.
She now has the funds to perform get her daughter married, thanks to two journalists.“Andolan Ek Pustak Se” - a movement kicked off by Delhi-ba…