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Belha (Saranjam)

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    Last Updated9th Nov, 2022

    Present Head/Ruler

    Meherban Nawab Mir USMAN ALAM KHAN Bahadur, Nawab of Belha and head of the senior branch of the Nawab of Surat’s family, since 28th August 1989. (Nawab’s Palace, Surat 395 003, India), born 22nd January 1935, educated at St. Xavier’s College, Bombay (Bachelor of Arts) and at Siddharth College, Bombay (Bachelor of Commerce), married 30th June 1968 in Hyderabad, Kulsum Begum Sahiba, Begum of Belha, and has issue.

    • Nawabzada Mir Maqbool Alam Khan Bahadur [Prince Mickey], Waliad Nawab.
    • Nawabzadi Fatima Begum [Princess Tammy] (Mrs. Bucktiyar Quadry)
    • Nawabzadi Zehra Batul Begum [Princess Zara]

    Short History

    It was founded through military means and direct conquest by Nawab Maqbool Alam Khan Bahadur, a mansabdar under Emperor Aurangzeb. After the Mughal Empire’s collapse, the Belha Nawabs declared themselves independent and fought alongside the Peshwa rulers of Poona against the British in the early 19th century, but they lost and paid the price, being reduced in status to that of an estate.

    Predecessors

    • Meherban Nawab Mir MAQBOOL ALAM KHAN, Nawab of Belha -/1743, originally the Nawab of Junner (of which Belha was then part), and first Nawab of Belha.
    • Meherban Nawab Mir MAHMUD ALAM KHAN Bahadur, Nawab of Belha 1743/-, ruled jointly with his brother.
    • ……
    • Meherban Nawab Mir ABDUL HUSSAIN ALAM KHAN Bahadur, Nawab of Belha
    • Meherban Nawab Mir MAHMD ALAM KHAN Bahadur, Nawab of Belha, married and had issue.
      • Meherban Nawab Mir Nawab Mir Saeed Alam Khan Bahadur (qv)
    • Meherban Nawab Mir SAEED ALAM KHAN Bahadur, Nawab of Belha, married Musammatpanah Zia-ul-Nissa Ladli Begum Sahiba, daughter of Darbar Shri Mir Jafur Ali Khan of Kamadhia, and had issue.
      • Meherban Nawab Mir Abdul Rasool Alam Khan Bahadur (qv)
    • Meherban Nawab Mir ABDUL RASOOL ALAM KHAN Bahadur, Nawab of Belha -/1921, married and had issue. He died 1929
      • Nawab Mir Masud Alam Khan Bahadur (qv)
      • Nawabzada Mir Saeed Alam Khan, married 1stly, Masita Begum Sahiba, married 2ndly, Shams-un-nisa Begum Shams un-nisa Begum, and had issue.
        • Mir Aziz Alam Khan
    • Meherban Nawab Mir MASUD ALAM KHAN Bahadur, Nawab of Belha 1921/1943, C.I.E. [cr.1926], Nawab of Belha and head of the senior branch of the Nawab of Surat’s family, married Mahmudannissa Begum Sahiba of Belha, and had issue. He died 1943.
      • Meherban Nawab Mir Sultan Alam Khan Bahadur (qv)
      • Nawabzadi Shahzadi Begum (Begum Mohammed Sadiq of Mangrol), married Nawabzada Mohmed Sadiq of Mangrol, and had issue, one son.
        • Nawabzada Bahauddin, married Nawabzadi Fawzia Begum, daughter of Nawab Mir Sultan Alam Khan of Belha (see below), and has issue, two children.
          • Nawabzada Moinuddin Aslam, married and has issue, one daughter.
            • Nawabzadi Safiya
          • Nawabzadi Sameena, married and has issue, two daughters.
            • Asiya Khan
            • Sarah Khan
      • Nawabzadi Hussain Jehan Begum
      • Nawabzadi Zia-ul-nissa Ladli Begum, married Darbar Shri Mir Kutbuddin of Kamadhia.
    • Meherban Nawab Mir SULTAN ALAM KHAN Bahadur, Nawab of Belha 1943/1989, married Nawabzadi Saida Bano Begum of Loharu, and had issue. He died 28th August 1989.
      • Meherban Nawab Mir Usman Alam Khan Bahadur (qv)
      • Nawabzadi Amna Begum/ Amna Alam Khan (now Mrs. Amna Zahir), married and has issue.
      • Nawabzadi Fauzia Begum/ Fauzia Alam Khan, married Nawabzada Bahauddin, son of Nawabzada Mohmed Sadiq of Mangrol, and his wife, Nawabzadi Shahzadi Begum of Belha (see above), and had issue. She died 2010.
    • Meherban Nawab Mir USMAN ALAM KHAN Bahadur, Nawab of Belha (see above)

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