The Magnificent Diwan
Biography

The Magnificent Diwan

The Life and Times of Sir Salar Jung I

Overview

The Magnificent Diwan: The Life and Times of Sir Salar Jung I is the definitive biography of arguably India's most influential and powerful statesman of the nineteenth century. Drawing on extensive archival material, this is a compelling account of the life and times of a remarkable Indian who as Diwan or prime minister decisively shaped Hyderabad's political and economic history for nearly three decades in the second half of the nineteenth century. It was Salar Jung who, by his reforms of the medieval oligarchy that was Hyderabad, ushered the state into the modern era. This book is not merely a chronicle of his life but also a history of Hyderabad - both social and governmental - and gives the reader an encompassing view of the man who has been called the founder of modern Hyderabad. Meticulously researched and engagingly written, this biography introduces Sir Salar Jung I to a new generation, even as it rekindles the memory of a man who has become the victim of collective amnesia.

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400 Pages | ISBN13 9780670092529
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Bakhtiar K. Dadabhoy
Bakhtiar K. Dadabhoy
Bakhtiar K. Dadabhoy is a civil servant based in Mumbai. He was educated at Hindu College, Delhi University, and at the Delhi School of Economics. He is the author of five books including the best-selling Jeh: A Life of JRD Tata, Sugar in Milk: Lives of Eminent Parsis, and Zubin Mehta: A Musical Journey. Dadabhoy also contributes articles to newspapers and magazines. He did a daily column, 'This Day in History', for the Hindustan Times and HT Next for five years. His other interests include painting and quizzing. He was on BBC's Mastermind India in 2000.
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