MALER KOTLA (Princely State)

(11 gun salute)


AREA: 432.53 km˛ PRIVY PURSE: 110,000Rs ACCESSION:20th August 1948
STATE: Pepsu REVENUE: 140,000Rs (1948) RELIGION:Muslim
POPULATION: 90,000 (1892)

DYNASTY: Sherwani Afghan



PRESENT RULER:
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Predecessor state was founded in 1454 when Sheikh Sadruddin Sadr-i-Jahan married a daughter of Sultan Bahlul Lodi of Delhi (1451/1489), and was given 68 villages near Ludhiana in jagir. Bayezid Khan (died 1657) was the first Nawab and founder of the Princely State. The state ranked 12th in the Punjab Darbar (1890). Rulers were...
  • Sheikh SADRUDDIN Sadr-i-Jahan, Chief of Malerkotla 1454/1508, died 1515.
  • Sheikh EISA, Chief of Malerkotla 1508/1538
  • Khan MUHAMMED SHAH, Chief of Malerkotla 1538/1545
  • Khwaja MADUD KHAN, Chief of Malerkotla 1545/1566
  • Khan FATEH MUHAMMED KHAN, Chief of Malerkotla 1566/1600
  • Nawab BAYEZID KHAN, Nawab of Malerkotla 1600/1657, married and had issue. He died 1657.
    • Nawab Feroz Khan (qv)
  • Nawab FEROZ KHAN, Nawab of Malerkotla 1657/1672, married and had issue. He died 1672.
    • Nawab Sher Muhammed Khan (qv)
  • Nawab SHER MUHAMMED KHAN, Nawab of Malerkotla 1672/1712, married (amongst others), a lady of the family of Guru Gobind Singh, who he had converted to Islam, and had issue, eight sons. He died 1712.
    • Nawab Ghulam Husain Khan (qv)
    • Nawab Jamal Khan (qv)
  • Nawab GHULAM HUSAIN KHAN, Nawab of Malerkotla 1712/1717, married and had issue, seven sons. He died 1734.
  • Nawab JAMAL KHAN, Nawab of Malerkotla 1717/1755, married and had issue, five sons. He died 1755/1759.
    • Nawab Bhikan Khan (qv)
    • Nawab Bahadur Khan (qv)
    • Nawab Umar Khan (qv)
    • Nawab Asadullah Khan (qv)
    • Nawab Ataullah Khan (qv)
    • Nawabzada Amanat Khan
  • Nawab BHIKAN KHAN, Nawab of Malerkotla 1755/1763, married and had issue. He died 1764.
    • Nawab Wazir Ali Khan (qv)
    • Nawabzada Fateh Khan, married and had issue.
      • Sahibzada Faizullah Khan
      • Sahibzada Faiz Talab Khan, married and had issue.
        • Sahibzada Yakub Ali Khan, died 1850.
      • Sahibzada Kale Khan
  • Nawab BAHADUR KHAN, Nawab of Malerkotla 1763/1766, married and had issue. He died 1766.
    • Nawabzada Himat Khan, married and had issue, three sons. He died 1831.
      • Sahibzada Rustam Ali Khan, married and had issue. He died 1865.
        • Sahibzada Nurullah Khan
      • Sahibzada Faiz Ali KHan
    • Nawabzada Dalel Khan, married and had issue. He died 1832.
      • Sahibzada Ghulam Muhammed Khan, he contested for the Maler Kotla gaddi in 1871, but was overlooked; married and had issue. He died 1877/1878.
        • Sahibzada Ahsan Ali Khan, he served as a Viceregal Darbari of the Dehli Division in succession to his father; married and had issue. He died 1907.
          • Sahibzada Muhammed Mohsan Ali Khan, died 1888.
          • Khan Muhammed Ihsan Ali Khan, born 1890, educated at Aitchison Chiefs' College, Lahore; married and had issue.
            • Khan Hassan Ali Khan, married a daughter of the Nawab of Kunjpura in Karnal Distt.
        • Sahibzada Bakar Ali Khan, died 1908.
        • Khan Muhammed Ali Khan, born 1st January 1870 (#3 p.9), jagirdar of the Jamal Khan family; holds a jagir from the state worth Rs 46,735; married and had issue.
        • The Hon. Nawab Sir Zulfiqar Ali Khan, born in August 1873 or 3rd August 1872 (#3 p.9), Kt., C.S.I. [cr.1911], educated at Aitchison Chiefs' College, Lahore and at King's College, Cambridge; appointed Extra-Assistant Commissioner at Ludhiana, but resigned in 1895; co-Founder and Member, Punjab Chiefs' Association, of which he was elected its honorary Secretary in 1917, and remaining so till his death; Member of the Legislative Council of His Excellency the Viceroy 1910/-; Chief Minister, Patiala State 1911/1913; Indian delegate to the League of Nations in 1930; Member, Indian Statutory Commission in 1929; Member, Indian Franchise Committee, 1932; President, General Council of the Anjuman-i-Himayat-i-Islam, Lahore for ten years; Vice-President, All-India Muslim League; Vice-President, Punjab Historical Society; Fellow, Punjab University; Member, Court of the Aligarh Muslim University; married and had issue. He died 26th May 1933.
          • Nawabzada Rashid Ali Khan, born 1904, educated at Aitchison Chiefs' College, Lahore (Diploma, 1920), at Government College, Lahore and at Cambridge University; he was called to the Bar in England in 1929; Member, All-India Muslim League; Member, General Council of the Anjuman-i-Himayat-i-Islam, Lahore.
          • Honourable Nawabzada Khurshid Ali Khan, born 1908 at Lahore, M.B.E., educated at Aitchison Chiefs' College, Lahore and at Cambridge Preparatory School, Dehra Dun then privately in England; he served as his father's secretary at Geneva in 1930; Member, All-India Muslim League; Member, General Council of the Anjuman-i-Himayat-i-Islam, Lahore; Honorary Ex-Secretary, Punjab Unionist Party; nominated Member, Council of State.
          • Begum Saheba Kudsia, born 2nd April 1909; M.L.A. (Uttar Pradesh) 1937/1952 and 1969/1990; Member, Constituent Assembly 1946/1950; Member of Parliament 1950/1952; Member of the Rajya Sabha 1952/1956 and 1962/1968; Minister, Social Welfare and Minorities 1969/1971. She had been the president/office bearer of almost all women's voluntary organizations like All India Women's Conference, Council of Child Welfare, Council of Moral and Social Hygiene and Council of University Women etc. In the field of education she contributed her full might to spread it particularly among girls. She was the president of Karamat Husain Muslim Girls Degree College Lucknow, I.R. College, Sandila and Aizaz Rasool Degree College, Sandila. President of the All India Women’s Hockey Association for twenty years. She was also the chairperson of UP Minorities Commission 1979/1989, married Nawab Syed Aizaz Rasul of Sandila, and had issue, two sons and two daughters. She died 1st August 2001 and was laid to rest with full state honours at her ancestral graveyard in Sandila, near Lucknow.(#2)
          • Begum Saheba Kaisra, educated at Punjab University.
        • Sahibzada Yusuf Ali Khan
        • Sahibzada (name unknown), married HH Nawab Muhammed Ibrahim Ali Khan, Nawab of Malerkotla (see below).
  • Nawab UMAR KHAN, Nawab of Malerkotla 1766/1780, married and had issue.
    • Nawabzada Hasain Khan, married and had issue.
      • Sahibzada Sultan Khan
      • Sahibzada Torabaz Khan
  • Nawab ASADULLAH KHAN, Nawab of Malerkotla 1780/1784, married and had issue. He died 1782/1784.
    • Nawabzada Muhammed Ali Khan
  • Nawab ATAULLAH KHAN, Nawab of Malerkotla 1784/1810, married and had issue, three sons. He died 1809/1810.
    • Nawabzada Rahmat Ali Khan, married and had issue. He died 1852.
      • Khan Muhammed Dilawar Ali Khan, married and had issue. He died 1861.
        • HH Nawab Muhammed Ibrahim Ali Khan (qv)
        • Nawabzada Wilayat Ali Khan
        • Nawabzada Akbar Ali Khan
        • Khan Muhammed Inayat Ali Khan, born in March 1859 (#3 p.9), jagirdar of the Jamal Khan family; Aide-de-Camp during the Afghan War (1878) in the staff of General John Watson; married and had issue. He died 1923.
          • Sahibzada Muhammed Abdullah Khan [?Obaidullah Khan], died 1889.
      • Sahibzada Sadat Ali Khan
    • Nawabzada Fazal Ali Khan
    • Nawabzada Amam Ali Khan
  • Nawab WAZIR ALI KHAN, Nawab of Malerkotla 1810/1821, born 1757, married and had issue. He died 1821.
    • Nawab Amir Ali Khan (qv)
  • Nawab AMIR ALI KHAN, Nawab of Malerkotla 1821/1845, married and had issue. He died 1846.
    • Nawab Mahbub Ali Khan (qv)
  • Nawab MAHBUB ALI KHAN, Nawab of Malerkotla 1845/1859, married Nawab Maher Begum, and had issue. He died 1857.
    • Nawab Sikander Ali Khan (qv)
  • Nawab SIKANDER ALI KHAN, Nawab of Malerkotla 1859/1871, he was granted a sanad of adoption in 1861; married and had issue, as well as adoptive issue. He died 1871.
    • Nawabzada Ghaus Muhammed Khan, died vpsp in 1860.
    • Nawabzada Roshan Ali Khan, died vpsp in 1863.
    • (A) HH Nawab Muhammed Ibrahim Ali Khan (qv)
  • HH Nawab MUHAMMED IBRAHIM ALI KHAN, Nawab of Malerkotla 1871/1908, born 1857 (1858), succeeded 16th July 1871 (#1), married a daughter of Sahibzada Ghulam Muhammed Khan, and had issue. He died 23rd August 1908 (#3 p.8).
    • Nawabzada Ishaq Ali Khan, died 1884.
    • Lt.Col. HH Nawab Sir Muhammed Ahmad Ali Khan Bahadur (qv)
    • Nawabzada Muhammed Ali Khan
    • Nawabzada Muhammed Jafar Ali Khan, born 23rd September 1886 (#3 p.9), educated at Aitchison College, Lahore; Honorary Additional Magistrate and a State Darbari; in receipt of Rs22,650 as maintenance, married and had issue.
      • Sahibzada Ghulam Muhammed Khan, died 1920.
    • Nawabzadi (name unknown) Begum Sahiba, married Hon. Nawab Ibrahim Ali Khan, Nawab of Kunjpura, and had issue.
  • Lt.Col. HH Nawab Sir MUHAMMED AHMAD ALI KHAN Bahadur K.C.S.I., K.C.I.E., Nawab of Malerkotla 1908/1947, K.C.S.I. [cr. xx.6.1915], K.C.I.E. [cr.1921], born 10th September 1881 (#3 p.8) and succeeded 23rd August 1908 (#3), he was formally installed with full ruling powers on 5th January 1909; he was appointed Honorary Major in the Indian Army in 1916; his salute of 11 guns included 2 guns as a personal distinction, which were made permanent in 1917; Lieutenant Colonel (Indian Army); married and had issue. He died 16th October 1947.
    • Sahibzadi (name unknown) Begum Sahiba, married 1932, (her cousin), Nawabzada Muhammad Fayaz Ali Khan, Heir-Apparent of Kunjpura.
    • HH Nawab Iftikhar Ali Khan Bahadur (qv)
    • Sahibzada Mehdi Ali Khan, born 1905, died 1905.
    • Sahibzada Mumtaz Ali Khan, born 1906.
    • Sahibzada Khurshid Ali Khan, died 1917.
    • Sahibzada Altaf Ali Khan, born 1912.
    • Sahibzada Amjad Ali Khan, died before 1941.
  • HH Nawab IFTIKHAR ALI KHAN Bahadur, Nawab of Malerkotla 1947/1982, born 1904, Waliahad of Maler Kotla, M.L.A., married 4thly (div. 1980), HH Nawab Sajida Begum, MLA, (married 2ndly, Haji Anwer Ahmed Khan). He died sp in 1982.
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