India: Death of the last Prince of the Royal House of Oudh - or how the Migthy Fall...

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Death of the last prince of the royal house of Oudh.

Sad but interesting snippet of India's History has come to an end with the lonely death of Prince Cyrus the last of his line

When India became a Republic the Maharajas days as a privileged class were numbered

Some have been more adept at surviving than others

- but this poor fellow ended up an isolated and lonely old man in a dilapidated 'Palace' in the Wilderness

- even though it is in the middle of Delhi!



The lodge was silent when I called his name. His mother's place at the table was set but there was a smudge of green algae in the water. His belongings had been ransacked. On the floor was a litter of letters and business cards - all of them from journalists.
It turned out his body had been found by the police a month earlier.

The lonely death of Delhi's jungle prince - BBC News
 


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Death of the last prince of the royal house of Oudh.

Sad but interesting snippet of India's History has come to an end with the lonely death of Prince Cyrus the last of his line

When India became a Republic the Maharajas days as a privileged class were numbered

Some have been more adept at surviving than others

- but this poor fellow ended up an isolated and lonely old man in a dilapidated 'Palace' in the Wilderness

- even though it is in the middle of Delhi!



The lodge was silent when I called his name. His mother's place at the table was set but there was a smudge of green algae in the water. His belongings had been ransacked. On the floor was a litter of letters and business cards - all of them from journalists.
It turned out his body had been found by the police a month earlier.

The lonely death of Delhi's jungle prince - BBC News
Was thinking of these last week. Couldn't remember their names. His sister was a striking woman. They used to call each other your majesty. Strange people.
 

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The Satyajit Ray film about the takeover of Oudh by the British. Great film.


[video=youtube;A3Fgm0yaWbA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3Fgm0yaWbA[/video]
 

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They come across as privileged twats.

That, alas, will not be soon. The palaces were converted over the years into courts, libraries and, in one case, a pharmaceutical factory. Her last residence, a 20-room palace in Srinigar given to the family in the late 1940s by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was burned down by religious enemies in 1971. For 16 months the Begum and her retinue lived in tents on the grounds while petitioning for the return of another ancestral home in Lucknow. She scorned the government’s offer of a modern house plus a small palace that her father had turned over to his servants. Finally, in a bid for public sympathy, the Begum moved to the train station, the most public spot in the nation’s capital. “Let the world know how the descendant of the last Nawab of Oudh is treated,” she says. “I do not feel ashamed. Why should I? The government should feel ashamed.”
 


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