“Prime Ministers of India” helped re-uniting two Mughal’s families after 150 years
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 published by the BBC. He is fifth generation of Bahadur Shah Zafar. I sent all details about Begum. Later he talked with her over phone and expressed his desire to visit India to see her before he takes his last breath,” said Jha.
Bahadur Shah Zafar, was born in 1775 at Delhi and placed on the throne in 1837. He was last in the lineage of Mughal emperors. During Zafar’s emperorship the first War of Independence (1857 mutiny) was fought. Zafar was the Commander-in-Chief in the fight against the British. He was exiled to Rangoon (now known as Yangon in present day Myanmar) in 1858 where he lived his last five years and died in 1862 at the age of 87.
“Only this could have been a way to express our humble tribute to Bahadur Shah Zafar –a prominent architect of India’s destiny - and promote secular philosophy of Shehnai maestro Bharat Ratna late Ustad Bismillah Khan,” the duo said.