Fazal Nawaz Jung was a noted politician and financier from Hyderabad who lived during the period 1894-1964. He lived during the period of Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII. Associated with civil service, he has served the positions of Revenue Minister, Speaker of Assembly etc. Belonged to the lineage to the Prophet Muhammed, his family enjoyed the status of upper class in Indian society. He was instrumental in the establishment of Hyderabad Co-operative Society.
Fazal Nawaz Jung was born in Hyderabad, Deccan of British India in the late 19th century. He was born into a high class Muslim family who holds the lineage to the Prophet Muhammed. Syed Fazlullah was his birth name. The family was not known for being rich, but for their attitude and devotion to poor sectors of the society. Later Fazal gained popularity as a politician and revenue minister, associated with administrative service. He married Habeeba Begum, a lady belonging to a rich family in Delhi, settled in Hyderabad. Through the marriage Fazal received wealth that he used for establishing his political power. The couple had 5 children.
Following Habeeba Begum’s death, he remarried Nasir Jahan Begum, a relative of his former wife. They had no children. Later he married twice – first to Mehboob Bee Saheba and to a former courtesan, Asmathunisa Begum. Fazal had numerous off springs from four wed locks. Noted Bollywood actor Mazhar Khan was married to his granddaughter – Rubaina Mumtaz, who was actor Dileep Kumar’s niece too. However the marriage ended in a separation.
His political career began around 1910, when he was appointed as Speaker to Hyderabadi Parliament. Later he was promoted to the position of Revenue Minister. It was during that time when Princely state of Nizam was one among the richest kingdoms in the world and Fazal Nawaz Jung rose to prominence as a successful politician during this period. After Operation Polo and Police Action, he was one among the leaders who had to face house arrest, though acquitted later for being innocent. He was active with his social life after his administrative career and died from a sudden heart attack at Parade Grounds, Hyderabad on Republic Day.
Updated: February 20, 2016