Showing posts from May, 2009


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.
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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…