Monday, April 28, 2008

A true story

Here goes a story which has reference to Indian history during Mughal dynasty. Note, "Kulcha" .. is a hand made loaf, baked in manner to last for days and used to have tasty condiments within its thick and soft platter.



This is not exactly a "funny" story. Nevertheless, it makes interesting reading because of a possible supernatural element in it. Perhaps this could be categorised under, "strange facts", but I am posting it here instead of starting a different thread for that.

Before going out on an expedition to the Deccan, Mir Qamaruddin Khan, (a subehdar under Aurangzeb), visited the the sufi saint Nizam-ud-din Aulia to seek his blessings. The saint gave him "kulchas" to eat, and carry with him on his long journey to the south. When the subehdar was leaving Delhi, Hazrat Nizam-ud-din asked him whether he had eaten any of the kulchas given to him. Qamaruddin replied that he had in fact eaten seven of them and packed the rest for the journey.

Pleased with his answer, the saint blessed Qamaruddin, that his mission be crowned with success. He also prophesied that Qamaruddin's kin would rule a state for seven generations. Qamaruddin was installed as the Mughal Governor (Subehdar) of the Deccan, which job he executed well, till the Empire under Aurangzeb began to fall apart. It was then, that he declared himself an independent ruler of Hyderabad with the title, Nizam ul Mulk, Asaf Jah I, and set up the Asaf Jahi Dynasty.

The standard of the Asaf Jahi dynasty was a pennant with seven kulchas, in memory of the seven kulchas that Qamaruddin Khan had eaten as a gift from Hazrat Nizam-ud-din. That is also the reason why in later years, many symbols of the Hyderabad administration (like pips on police uniforms) were designed to resemble "kulchas".

But the most interesting part of this story is that the prophesy of Nizam-ud-din came true, when the seventh Nizam-ul-Mulk (commonly known as the Nizam), Asaf Jah VII, Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, was displaced from the "gaddi" by Sardar Vallabhai Patel in the Police action of 1948
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