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A lonely death for the last prince of Oudh, police find body near palace

The Begum had fought a lone battle with the government for return of their ancestral property in Lucknow, but instead got the Malcha Mahal and a paltry monthly allowance of Rs 500 in exchange.

Written by Anand Mohan J , Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Updated: November 7, 2017 8:24 am
Prince Riaz Oudh, Malcha Mahal, Sakina,, Oudh royal family, Legacy, Delhi News, India News, Indian Express With no electricity, no doors, no windows and no water, it was less of a palace and more a reminder of the family’s fall.

He died the way he lived — forgotten and alone. It was on September 3 — three days after police suspected that Prince Riaz Oudh was dead — that his body was discovered. There were no external injury marks or any suspicion of foul play. With no surviving relatives, and some phone numbers police tried calling switched off, the last prince of Oudh was laid to rest without anyone getting to know.

With the body being found outside his home — the 700-year-old dilapidated Malcha Mahal — the bizarre and macabre story of the royal family of Oudh also ended. His sister, Sakina, had died a few months ago, while their mother, the Begum of Oudh, had poisoned herself in 1993. Those who had visited the prince in the days before he died said he continued to pour water into a glass kept on the table, where his mother used to sit.

With no electricity, no doors, no windows and no water, it was less of a palace and more a reminder of the family’s fall. In May 1985, Malcha Mahal was allotted to the royals of Oudh, led by the imperious Begum who, for years, stayed at the VIP lounge at the New Delhi railway station, with her fast-depleting stock of antiques and her loyal pack of ferocious hounds.

The Begum had fought a lone battle with the government for return of their ancestral property in Lucknow, but instead got the Malcha Mahal and a paltry monthly allowance of Rs 500 in exchange.

The Begum had fought a lone battle with the government for return of their ancestral property in Lucknow, but instead got the Malcha Mahal and a paltry monthly allowance of Rs 500 in exchange. In an interview to The Indian Express in 1997, the Prince had spoken of his sister’s deep distress since their mother died, and her obsession with committing suicide. “My sister is in deep distress and since the Begum died, (she) has been wearing black. She has not combed her hair even once.” At the time, their mother’s ashes were being kept in a crystal vial in the middle of the large room.

According to the prince, his mother had died by consuming crushed diamonds, extracted from ornaments she never wore. Police said they had only been notified about the death after a police team from Nagaland, posted at the spot, told them that the prince had not been seen for a while. “The prince was living in a pitiable condition. He used to ask people for food and one person from the locality would feed him.

The prince’s mother had fought a lone battle with the government for return of their ancestral property in Lucknow, but instead got Malcha Mahal.

The prince would wander near the forested areas in Chanakyapuri and, for the past two-three days, there was no movement which was suspicious. When we looked into the matter, we found that he was lying on the floor inside his house on September 3,” said a senior police officer. He was taken to RML hospital for his post-mortem, where no external injuries were found on his body. Police claimed he died of natural causes, though the autopsy report is awaited.

Police later questioned locals to ascertain the man’s immediate family members . They were informed that a distant relative from Aligarh would visit him every few years. Police got three mobile phone numbers, reportedly belonging to family members, but found them switched off. The prince was laid to rest on September 5 at the burial grounds near ITO, after they informed the Waqf board.

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    Zak
    Nov 7, 2017 at 11:04 am
    Very sad story. We shouldn't forget the past generation we are standing upon. Now can we show some respect by preserving those palaces and artifact that migh be lying inside! At least it would mask our guilt!
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      sam
      Nov 7, 2017 at 11:25 am
      Most of the present day Royalty personalities faded into oblivion when they failed to embrace the present. Their present was nothing more than reminiscence of the glorious past. The prince of Oudh and his family was no different. When you hold on to the past and refuse to accept the present, the only place you will find for yourself is in the History books (if you are that important) if you are lucky. Based on this news report, if seems the Prince of Oudh left without making any noise. May his soul find peace and rest in it.
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        LS
        Nov 8, 2017 at 1:33 am
        What is sad here? A social leech died. Their forefathers lived by looting poor, killing them unceremoniously just like most Muslim rulers. Others made a mark for themselves where they are royality of Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh or elsewhere either in politics or in hospitality.. They worked for their lives. Unlike these social leeches who thought they DESERVED something better because they are Muslim
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        janardhan
        Nov 7, 2017 at 10:45 am
        So so sad .I think all govts. Neglected them because they were Muslims. A princess doesn't deserve this.
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          sam
          Nov 7, 2017 at 11:29 am
          Do you recall any "Hindu" ruler or "Christian" Ruler or "Sikh" ruler ever been given a Tri-colour burial with 21-Gun salute in the recent times? LOL! My point being - you moron with your IQ of -2 (minus 2) should only read the news and not comment on it. Learn by listening and reading first.
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            LS
            Nov 8, 2017 at 1:29 am
            Those who lived off of loot of poor people deserved this. Others adapted and worked for their living and these people never tried their hand at working. Social Leeches.
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            Pidi
            Nov 7, 2017 at 10:35 am
            Such a sad story. Wasn't it Indira Gandhi who nationalised Indian Banks (Look at their performance, they gave loans to congressis and all and sundry and are making loss and NPA) and Indira also abolished ry and previleges to these kings and confiscated their states... This was moral betrayal of Promise that Sardar Patel made to these kings which was condition to join Indian Union..... Shameless Congressis... Cant keep their word....If ry and previleges were given how much would be deficit to treasury....I think it would not be more than corruption congress party made.....Congress party is curse to the nation.....These Hindu, Muslim, Sikh kings soul are giving them bad karma....Khud ke paas to 5000 crores ka National herald building le liya aur raja o ko rank bana diya.
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              LS
              Nov 8, 2017 at 1:35 am
              These nawabs were no saint. They only grew by looting their people and living off of them. Politicians are corrupt esp Congress but these nawabs were no different. Its like blaming one corrupt for demise of another corrupt and lazy bum
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            2. Ajit Singh Malik
              Nov 7, 2017 at 10:01 am
              People who live in the Past cannot hope for a bright Future,it is irrelevant whether one is Rich or Poor.Remember "God helps those who Help themselves"
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                kalaivani
                Nov 7, 2017 at 10:28 am
                Then why do you need god. You can help yourself only. Makes god look like a relative who is attaching to you because you are doing something good and being sucessful
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                  sam
                  Nov 7, 2017 at 11:18 am
                  Your reply is fantastic. You have no idea of the phrase "God helps those who help themselves". Here is the bottom-line: You might have a glorious past, if you don't struggle or work hard to stay relevant, don't expect God to do your struggle for you. On the other hand, you struggle and toil day-in-and-day-out, and God will step in to make sure that you succeed.
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                    LS
                    Nov 8, 2017 at 1:37 am
                    Ever heard of Karma? Without Karma you don't get Dharma. Karma is Dharma. Without Karma you are NOTHING and that is why he perished.
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                  Lalit Mohan
                  Nov 7, 2017 at 10:01 am
                  instead of writing too much it would have much better for this media house to pay for their livelihood, but I know they wont because they get money from other countries just to show India as intolerant and non hearted people's country.
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