Nizam's family to protest over Rs 9 cr tax
with alleged harassment by the income tax department, members of
the family of the erstwhile Nizam of Hyderabad are planning
protests in Delhi during the budget session of parliament starting
historic city of Hyderabad Sunday added another landmark with the
formal inauguration of City Museum, said to be the first of its
kind in the country.
The Nizam's Jubilee Pavilion Trust chairman, Prince Muffakham Jah
launched the museum, which has come up adjacent to Nizam Museum at Purani Haveli in the old city.
The museum depicts the history of the city, its culture and
heritage from the times before its inception to the times of the
Qutub Shahis and then Asaf Jahis, popularly known as Nizams to the
The inaugural function, however, was held at Jubliee Hall, which
was specially constructed by last ruling Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan
for the silver jubilee celebrations in 1936 -37.
The trust came up with the idea of City Museum in view of the long
felt need of the tourists to acquaint themselves with the rich
history and cultural heritage of Hyderabad, and to project the
history of the city.
Muffakham Jah, the grandson of the last ruler of Hyderabad state,
said the history of Hyderabad was always over shadowed as most
historians tended to focus on Moghul rule.
The museum has brought nearly 4,000 years of history of the city,
through archaeological evidence such as the neolithic pots,
megalithic sites, European styled terracotta figurines, coins of
Satvahana period among others.
This confirms the presence of continuous habitations dating back
though the popular thinking is that the Hyderabad was founded in
1591. This exciting development of Hyderabad has been shown for
the first time through maps, artifacts, photographs,
illustrations, written material and other paraphernalia.
On display for the first time are seven specifically designed maps
that trace Hyderabad's fascinating journey from the 13th century
to the present times.
There is also a touch screen kiosk that will reveal to the
visitors a pictorial history of 50 of the city's "mohallahs
(localities)" in English, Hindi, Telugu and Urdu.
The display area sheds light on trade and commerce, weights and
measures, textiles, post and communication, transport, education,
calligraphy, architecture, art and craft, Hyderabadi cuisine and
The artifacts on display include exquisite qahwa cups, encrusted
with Golconda diamonds, perfume bottles studded with pearls, ivory
walking sticks, beautifully crafted swords and draggers, rare and
old stamps and coins, intrinsic silver and filigree objects.