My Family, The Asaf Jah Dynasty Essay

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I, Nizam of Hyderabad, am truly delighted with the opinion of the British Governor General who has decided that I must stay in power of my state, Hyderabad.
Hyderabad has been under my rule for thirty-seven years and this city has flourished the most during my reign; it is only justified that I remain as the ruler of this state for as long as I breathe.
My family, the Asaf Jah Dynasty has been in control of Hyderabad since the decline of Mughal Empire. This dynasty was founded by Mir Qamar-ud-Din Siddiqi, a viceroy of the Deccan under the Mughal Empire from 1713 to 1721. When the Mughal control collapsed in 1724, Asaf Jah declared himself independent in Hyderabad, and that is how we, the Nizams, have been ruling for more than two centuries.
During the period of my rule, Hyderabad State became the richest state in India. I was presented with the title of His Exalted Highness, and "Faithful Ally of the British Government" by the imperial-colonial British government for our collaborating role in the wars against Tipu Sultan of Mysore, the First war of Indian Independence of 1857–1858, after which I became the only Indian prince to be given both these titles. With the start of World War 1 in 1914, I contributed a large amount of financial and material aid to the British Government. In fact, my own personal army served with the British at the war front. My constant and unparalleled support to the British government strengthened our friendship, which was exemplified in the raising

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