Wednesday, December 06, 2006

He offered his farmland in Shamsabad for housing the Auroville

Sir Akbar Hydari succeeded Maharaja Kishen Pershad as Prime Minister in 1936...After five years as Prime Minister, his relations with the Nizam seemed to have cooled off. One reason for that was that Akbar could not get the Berar back to the Nizam. In 1941 he was appointed a member of the Executive Council of the Viceroy. The Nizam gave him the title of Hyder Nawaz Jung and relieved him. He was not very happy at going to Delhi. Soon after going to Delhi, he passed away in 1942. His body was brought back to Hyderabad and buried in the Bohra graveyard in Hussaini Alam.
He was a kind person and very simple in his habits. He made people feel at ease with him. On the death of his brother, he adopted his three children and brought them up as his own. He was a devout Muslim but many people have testified to his broad, liberal outlook. His house was somewhat of a cultural centre and artists and writers used to visit it frequently. Ravi Shankar’s elder brother, Uday Shankar came and stayed with him. He offered his farmland in Shamsabad for housing the Aurobindo Ashram, which was later established at Pondicherry. Posted by Narendra Luther Archives at 4:16 PM Historian of Hyderabad, India.

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