Hyderabad: Telangana officials said Hyderabad was the best place to display the Nizam’s jewels. A senior CMO official said to the reporters, “The jewellery belongs to Nizam and there is no better than Nizam’s abode Hyderabad”. The official replied when asked whether the government plans to pursue the issue again with the Centre said,“Yes, we will do it”, he added.
On September 13 last year, Princes Esra, Former wife of the eighth Nizam prince Mukarram Jah, who met Mr. Rao had requested the chief minister to bring back the jewels to Hyderabad. Attempts to bring the jewellery to Hyderabad did not materialise them.
Fabulous Nizam jewellary was on public display thrice in the country including twice at the National Museum in 2001 and 2007 and salarjung at 2001 and 2006.
The 173-set jewellery comprising 348 pieces was acquired by the Central government in 1995 after a long legal battle with the Nizam Trust which tried to sell the same after the death of Azam Jah. The government purchased it for Rs 217 crore.
The then AP CM vain bid to bring the jewellery to Hyderabad for permanent display and even ensured from PM Atal Behari Vajpayee. After coming to power in 2004, the YSR government took up the issue but left it midway.
Salarjung museum offered to house the jewellery in a new building on its premises provided the government handed over the nearby Darulshifa building and land for parking and also for location of a new Hyderabad museum. But the government did not respond,” an official disclosed.
The government later proposed the state Trading Corporation building on Road No.3 but IB visits the government.
There is talk that Nizam’s family, especially Princess Esra objected to the display of jewels in Salarjung Museum since the Nizam’s were rulers and Salarjung was ‘only’ a Prime Minister. But a Salarjung Museum senior official denies it.
“I also heard about it but it is only a rumour. I attended some official meetings pertaining to the jewellery and the issue did not figure.”
He added, “The proposal was to construct a new building in an open space on the museum premises. We requested the government to provide Darulshifa building and land. The government is at liberty to select any suitable place in the city to house the jewels. The problem is that the issue is not being pursued seriously