Babar Ali বাবর আলি (1793-1810 AD)

B abar Ali Delair Jang succeeded to the Masnad (throne) after the death of his father, Mubarak-ud-Daulla, in 1793 AD. Lord Wellesley, the Governor General, assured him that he would be ready at all times and happy to exert his interest to promote the peace and comfort of the Nizamat and to maintain the splendor and uphold the dignity of the Nawab's exalted Court. Sir John Harrington was instructed to attend the auspicious assembly of the Nawab's succession to the Nizamat and to acknowledge His Highness on behalf of the Government as Subhadar of the three provinces of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. Babar Ali received the imperial title of "Nasir-ul-Mulk, Azud-ud-Daulla, Delair Jang (Helper of the Country, Arrow of the State, Brave in War)".

On September 10th, 1793, the Governor General addressed the following in letter to the Nazim ::
“ Before this, a letter of condolence was written. Now the honourable members in Council have decided that your Highness, who is the eldest son of the late Nawab, and in whose abilities and good behaviour and fitness this Government has full confidence, be acknowledged as Subahdar of the provinces of Bengal, Bihar, and Orissa.
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“ Accordingly, Sir John Harrington has been instructed to attend the auspicious assembly of your Highness' succession to the Nizamat Masnad, and to acknowledge your Highness on behalf of this Government as Subahdar of the three provinces. He is also directed to give publicity of the same to the people at large, by notification and proclamation, and to fix the date of installation in consultation with your Highness. It has been unanimously decided in the Council that the system of the distribution of the Nizamat stipend (namely sixteen lakhs of rupees), as it now exists, in accordance with the circumstances and rules laid down in the scheme, detailing the payment of the amount of the allowance of each individual dependant of the Nizamat, and the liquidation of debts, as sanctioned by the Directors of the East India Company, will hold good and remain upon the same footing in your Highness' case.

The Nawab, after the accession, dismissed Khalifulla Khan from the Nizamat Dewanship, and appointed Rai Muhammad to the office, with a salary of Rs. 3,000 a month, and the title of "Rai Bahadur". Babar Ali died on 28th April, 1810 AD. He was unrivalled for his liberality and generosity, and especially for his kindness and favour to his chief dependants. He was very fond of tonics, in the shape of Kushta[1] (of gold, etc.). He always searched for and inquired after Jogis and others, who were experts in the making of "Kushtas". He always visited the sacred tombs, especially the Kadam Sharif. He performed the "Taziadari" (Tazia Rituals) with great veneration.

During Babar Ali Delair Jang's time the Nizamat stipends under the old scheme of Sir John Harrington dated May, 1796 AD, were as following :
Nizamat Stipends Amount (Rs)
The Nawab Nazim with Akrobas (relatives of the Nawab Nazim) ..etc 16,00,000
The Nawab Nazim with Akrobas and Babbu Begum 1,16,335
Nawab Begum 12,000
Saleha Begum 1,000
Syud Murtaza Khan 3,000
Fazilat-un-nisa Begum Sahiba 1,000
The sons of Muhammad Reza Khan, Babar Ali and the widow of Baharam Jang 1,44,000
Muhammad Saleh Khan of Purnea 14,400
Syud Reza Ali Khan of Rajmahal 75,000
Raja Dhiraj Narayan Kamala Prasad 450
Roy Sing Lal 150
Fateh Ali Khan 6,000
Shamsher Ali Khan 4,800
Nizamat 12,000
Langar Khana, Moti Jheel 1,800

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Family Tree :: Najafi Dynasty

Babar Ali had two wives. He married (first) Babbu Begum Sahiba, daughter of Muhammad Sami Khan. He had two sons.
  1. Ali Jah, Shuja ul-Mulk, Mubaraq ud-Daula, Nawab Syud Zain ud-din Ali Khan Bahadur, Firuz Jang, Nawab Nazim of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. (s/o Babbu Begum)
  2. Wala Jah, Burhan ul-Mulk, Ihtisham ud-Daula, Nawab Syud Ahmad Ali Khan Bahadur, Mahabat Jang, Nawab Nazim of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. (s/o the second wife)

References :
  • [1] Kushta is a form of herbo-mineral preparations used in traditional systems of medicine (Unani and Ayurvedic) of Indo-Pak subcontinent. It was used as an aphrodisiac (a substance that increases sexual desire). The preparation contained oxidized metals (gold, zinc, arsenic, mercury, and lead) that were combined with a variety of herbs. Metal poisoning was a risk associated with application and use of kushta. Back

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