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PIX: Descendents of a Mughal emperor live in penury

Last updated on: March 28, 2012 19:41 IST

PIX: Descendents of a Mughal emperor live in penury

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Dipak Chakraborty

The story of middle-aged Sultana Begum is heart-wrenching. Her husband Mirza Bedar Bakht, the great grandson of last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, died in penury.

Bedar Bakht sharpened knives to eke out a living. After his death, the West Bengal government was approached by several organisations to provide an accommodation for the family. Sultana Begum ultimately got an accommodation but it was near the red light district. The goons occupied the house.

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Image: Sultana Begum with a picture of Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar
Photographs: Dipak Chakraborty

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She therefore continued to live in the slum. The anti-social elements preyed upon her daughters, while she ran hither and thither to get protection for her daughters. 

The poignant story of the descendants of the last Mughal who had to see the sight of his own sons' eyes gouged out and brought to him by the British, and was exiled to Burma, proves the failure of the state.

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Image: Sultana Begum with her youngest daughter
Photographs: Dipak Chakraborty
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Sultana Begum shows a letter from the ministry of home affairs for an enhancement in the monthly political pension she receives.

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Photographs: Dipak Chakraborty

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A picture of Mirza Bedar Bakht, the great grandson of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar.

 


Photographs: Dipak Chakraborty

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