Wala Jah ওয়ালা জাঁ (1821-1824 AD)

S yud Ahmed Ali Khan, known as Wala Jah, second son of Babar Ali, succeeded to the Masnad on the death of his brother, Ali Jah, in 1821 AD. He received the title of "Baeran-ul-Mulk, Ihtisham-ud-Daulla, Wala Jah, Nahabat Jang (Administrator of the Country, Dignifier of the Country, of high rank, Horror in War)".

Wala Jah framed some queer rules of etiquette. The Akrobas or blood relations were required to dismount from their horses or carriages after advancing only a few hundred paces from the main entrance gate of the Killah (or Fort). Jagat Seth was to dismount at fifty paces and the Roy Royan or Dewan at twenty five paces. Others had to dismount at gate. Few could use the sun-shade or umbrella within the Killah. Every morning a small procession was drawn up, which danced and attended all day long.

Certain disputes arose between Wala Jah and Amir-un-nisa Begum, the widow of Ali Jah, regarding the valuable jewels and other moveable property, left or bequeathed by Ali Jah. Mr J. Ahmuty, who honored the oriental title of  Hamid-ul-Mulk, Fukhruddowla, Ihtesham Jang, was deputed as a Commissioner to inquire into the matter. Refferring to Mr. Ahmuty's Report, which noted several points calculated to produce good results, the Governor General wrote to Wala Jah - "In all matters I hope your Highness will consider me as your well wisher". Wala Jah died after a Short rule of three years only. He died at Murshidabad Palace on 30th October 1824 and burried at Jafarganj Cemetery.
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Family Tree :: Najafi Dynasty

Wala Jah Married (first) H.H. Nawab Najib-un-nisa Begum Sahiba (Gaddinashin Begum, She died at Murshidabad Palace on 23rd August 1858; burried at Jafarganj Cemetery). Mut'ah wives (i) Misri Khanum (She died before 23rd September 1837). (ii) Fatima Khanum. Married (a) Bibi Rahim-un-nisa. (b) Bibi Hayat-un-nisa. Wala Jah had only one son by his principal wife Najib-un-nisa Begum, Murshidzada Syud Mubarak Ali Khan Bahadur, who succeeded as Humayun Jah, Shuja-ul-Mulk, Ihtisham-ud-Daulla, Nawab Syud Mubarak Ali Khan Bahadur, Firoz Jang, Nawab Nazim of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa.
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Translation of a Letter from the Governor General to Nawab Nazim Wala Jah, dated November ist, 1822
Paragraph 1 :: “ According to the decision of the aforesaid gentleman (Mr J. Ahmuty), it clearly appears that the late Nawab Syud Zainuddin Ali Khan Bahadur, may God show mercy to him and pardon his sins, was in the perfect enjoyment of his senses at the time when he signed the letter addressed to me, as also at the time when he gave the properties and the articles in question to the Begum, Saheba. But those properties and goods are of two descriptions, that is, a portion of those ajrticles belonging to the estate of the late Nawab Munny Begum Saheba and Babbu Begum Saheba, may God have His mercy on them, and the other portion was the personal property owned and held by the late Nawab. Accordingly, in my opinion, the properties that formed the estate of the two Begums exclusively belong to the Nizamat, and cannot be transferred to any one. The late Nawab Saheb had not the authority to give those articles, in any way or shape whatever, to the Begum Saheba. Under such circumstances, the jewellery, cash, articles, and the Mahals, as per details given, in a separate sheet, fall under the head and classification No. 1; and your Highness has got them back from, the Deorie of the Begum Saheba, and those shall remain in the custody and control of your highness, who is the Rais (head) of that noble family and the present Nazim.

“ Details of property, articles and jewellery and Mahals in dispute, which are divided into two classes :
Class 1 includes those properties and articles that, according to the decision of the officers of the Government, are the properties of the Nizamat, and should remain in the custody of Nawab Baeran-ul-Mulk Wala Jah, Syud Ahmed Ali Khan Bahadur Mahabat Jang, the present Nazim.
(1) Jewellery and articles of the estate of the late Nawab Munny Begum Saheba.
(2) Cash, value Rs. 4,13,360.
(3) Mahals of the estate of Nawab Munny Begum Saheba and Babbu Begum Saheba.

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