H.H. Nawab Muhammad Iftikhar 'Ali Khan Bahadur

      1947 - [1982] H.H. Nawab Muhammad Iftikhar 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Malerkotla. b. at Malerkotla, 20th May 1904, eldest son of Lieutenant-Colonel H.H. Nawab Sir Muhammad Ahmad 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Malerkotla, KCSI, KCIE, by his second wife, educ. privately. Chief Minister of Malerkotla 1946-1947. Succeeded on the death of his father, 16th October 1947. Installed at the Sheesh Mahal, Malerkotla, 1st March 1948. Merged his state into the Patiala and Eastern Punjab States Union (PEPSU), 20th August 1948. MLA PEPSU assembly 1952-1956, and Punjab state assembly 1969-1971. The GOI amended the Indian Constitution to remove his position as a "ruler" and his right to receive privy-purse payments, 28th December 1971. Author "History of the Ruling Family of Sheikh Sadruddin Sadar-i-Jahan of Malerkotla" (2000). Rcvd: Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron. (1937), and Indian Independence (1947) medals. m. (first) H.H. Nawab Zubaida Begum Sahiba (d. young from cancer), a cousin. m. (second) H.H. Nawab Yusuf Zamani Begum Sahiba (b. at Kurwai Fort, August 1906), youngest daughter of Mushfiq Meherban-i-Dostan Nawab Muhammad Yaqub 'Ali Khan, Nawab of Kurwai, by his wife, Nawab Umar un-nisa Begum Sahiba [Sarkar Amma], second daughter of H.H. Nawab Muhammad Ibrahim 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Malerkotla. m. (third) at Tonk, 1947, H.H. Nawab Shakir un-nisa Begum Sahiba [Tonk Begum], née Sahibzadi Munawar un-nisa Begum, daughter of H.H. Amin ud-Daula, Wazir ul-Mulk, Nawab Hafiz Sir Muhammad Ibrahim 'Ali Khan Sahib Bahadur, Saulat Jang, Nawab of Tonk, GCSI, GCIE, by his fourth wife, Nawab Mulka Jamil uz-Zamani Begum Sahiba. m. (fourth) (div. 1974) Sajida Begum Sahiba (b. 1940; m. second, 1980, Haji Anwar Ahmad Khan, and d. at Mohali Hospital, 30th July 2006), MLA for Malerkotla in the Punjab state assembly 1972-1977 & 1980-1985, Presdt. Malerkotla Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), Chair. Malerkotla Waqf Brd., etc., sister of Fayyaz Ahmad Khan.He d.s.p. at Sheesh Mahal, Malerkotla, 20th November 1982 (bur. Shahi Muqbara, Malerkotla) (succ. by his younger brother). Source: []

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