|Biographical detail : ||The holder of Nizam’s legacy
Having abandoned the opulence and intrigues of his Hyderabad palace Mukarram Jah bought 200,000-hectare sheep outback station in Western Australia, in 1972, to drive bulldozers on a dusty land.
Mukarram who was sent to Doon School, then to Harrow, Cambridge and Sandhurst in England was caught between his inheritance and the forces of modernisation.
The Nizam dynasty had been founded in the 17th century under the Mughal emperors and in 1724 became an independent state. In 1971, Indian government stripped the 279 remaining princes of their privy purses and titles. Overwhelmed by his lot, Mukarram flew to Western Australia and bought Murchison House Station in Perth that he abandoned in 1996.
He was born Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah VIII, grandson of Usman Ali Khan (1886 – 1967), in the Hilafet Palace in Nice, France.