It is a welcome gesture on the part of the Metro Rail that the portrait of the Seventh Nizam adorns the pillar of the Metro Rail at Begumpet. The erstwhile Nizam State was the biggest among more than 500 princely states in the British regime. The state had its own currency, railway and postal system. Mir Osman Ali Khan, the seventh Nizam made a history by taking up a number of welfare measures for his people. On the partition, the British government gave freedom to the states to either join the Indian government or Pakistan. The Nizam’s government was in negotiation with the government of India, but the then Union Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel hastily ordered police action and the Nizam of Hyderabad surrendered on 17 September, 1948. Thus the Nizam State merged with the Indian Union.
The BJP raised hue and cry that during the Nizam’s rule the majority population of Hindus was subjected to harassment. It is a false allegation to damage the secular image of the Nizam who always treated Hindus and Muslims as his two eyes. If there was an iota of truth in these charges, how the government of India made him Raj Parmukh the governor and he remained in the post for five years.
It is an irony that his services have been forgotten by the government of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of many injustices meted out to the capital of the state Hyderabad. However, the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao during his struggle for the separate state, heaped a lot of praise on the ruler of State. Now everyone should welcome the gesture on the part of the Metro Rail for putting his portrait on the pillar.