KAMADHIA

    KAMADHIA (Princely State)

     

     

     

    VILLAGES: 4 REVENUE: xx ACCESSION DATE: 15th February 1948
    STATE: Kathiawar,Saurashtra DYNASTY: Mir RELIGION: Muslim
    POPULATION: 1,050 (1948) AREA: 10.4 km2

     

     

    PRESENT RULER: Darbar Shri MIR
    JAFFAR IMAM
    II, 8th Ruling Chief of Kamadhia (1998/-) (I.
    Darbargadh,
    Kamadhia, (District Rajkot-Gondal Taluka), II. Gujarat, Belha Court,
    24,
    Ramchandani Marg, Colaba, Mumbai-39, III. Nawab Manzil, Bharuch,
    Gujarat)
    born
    1941, at present the Darbar Saheb of Kamadhia and his son Kumar Shri
    Moin
    Mir II are in the process of restoring the Darbargarh (city palace) at
    Kamadhia and would hopefully convert it into a school. The present
    Darbar
    Saheb Mir Jaffar Imam is the author of the “Mirza Ghalib and the Mirs
    of
    Gujarat”, an historical book bringing to light the strong relationship
    between the Master Urdu and Persian Poet with the Royal family of Surat
    and Kamadhia. This book was launched by the famous poet and lyricist
    Gulzar
    in Bombay. In Delhi the Union Minister of Culture, the Honorable Mr.
    Murli
    Manohar Joshi was part of the launch ceremony. The present Darbar Saheb
    has Masters in Human relations from the TATA Institute of Social
    Studies
    and has his professional roots deeply entrenched in corporate India. He
    and the Heir Apparent, however, still spend considerable amounts of
    time
    in Kamadhia. He is married to Begum Anees Waheed, daughter of Abdul
    Waheed,
    a Nobleman of Hyderabad, and has issue.

    • Heir Apparent Kumar Shri Moin Mir II, a consultant in
      corporate
      communications
      in Mumbai, married Sahebzadi Begum Farah, daughter of Sardar Mohammad
      Aslam
      Khan and grand-niece of HM King Zahir Shah of Afghanistan, a dress
      designer
      in Mumbai, and has issue.

      • Kumari Begum Aara Mir, born 13th January 2004 in
        Auckland, N.Z.
      • Kumari Begum Zohaa Mir, born 10th April 2006.

     

     

    PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
    Founded
    in 1817. The first ruling Chief of Kamadhia was Darbar Shri Mir
    Sarfaraz
    Ali. A warrior of the highest calibre. Mir Sarfaraz Ali fought the
    famous
    Malwa war as an ally of the British in the year 1818. The Gaekwad of
    Baroda,
    the British and Mir Sarfaraz Ali had allied against the forces of the
    Peshwa.
    Mir Sarfaraz Ali commanded a garrison of 600 and was instrumental in
    defeating
    the Peshwa. Due to his courage and valour shown at the Malwa
    battlefield
    Mir Sarfaraz Ali was recognised by the British as the first independent
    Ruling Prince and Darbar Shri of Kamadhia in the year 1818. Soon after
    being recognised as the first Chief of Kamadhia three more villages in
    Gujarat came to belong to Mir Sarfaraz Ali. They were Gothra (Gothda),
    Walen (Vullun) and Davdi (Dvaudee). All these villages and Kamadhia
    have
    been with the Mir dynasty for generations. His very strong relations
    with
    the British, in particular Sir John Malcolm, who was the Governor
    General
    of Bombay Presidency saw him get a waiver from the tribute that
    Kamadhia
    state paid to the British. Although a small state the rulers of
    Kamadhia
    maintained a fierce independence with revenue and criminal jurisdiction
    powers. The rulers of Kamadhia had political relations directly only
    with
    the British till Mir Gulam Moinuddin the then Ruling Prince and Darbar
    Shri of Kamadhia signed accession papers to the Indian Union in 1948.
    Darbar
    Shri Mir Gulam Moinuddin was one of the first Kathiawar princes to
    lower
    taxes and give away lands to the cultivators free of cost. This
    benevolent
    gesture is still remembered by the people of Kamadhia to date. The
    Kamadhia
    Ruling family are direct scions of Nawab Mir Jafur Ali of Surat. Darbar
    Shri Mir Jafur Ali was the son of Darbar Shri Mir Sarfaraz Ali of
    Kamadhia.
    Darbar Shri Mir Jafur Ali also went on to become the Chief of the Nawab
    family of Surat in the year 1857. The juridictionary powers of the
    Chiefs
    were a maximum of 3 months rigorous imprisonment and fines of up to
    500Rs
    for criminal offences. The Ruling Chiefs of Kamadhia had their own
    Police
    force who maintained the State Jails. Revenue Patels were the revenue
    collectors
    and Vaivatdars and Mamlatdars noted all criminal cases which were then
    referred to the Kamadhia State Magistrate who in turn passed criminal
    sentences
    relating to the State’s jurisdictional authority after consultation
    with
    the Ruling Chief. The Ruling Chief of Kamadhia had the last word on all
    sentences under his authorised powers. Darbar Shri Mir Ghulam Khwaja
    Moinuddin
    Khan was the most benevolent of Chiefs often forgiving petty criminals
    as compared to his predecessors Darbar Shri Mir Sarfaraz Ali I and
    Darbar
    Shri Mir Bakar Ali who ruled as regent between (1863-1880). When Darbar
    Shri Mir Ghulam Khwaja Moinudin Khan lowered taxes in 1939 the Times of
    India hailed this great act by reporting it in February 1939. “The
    Chief
    of Kamadhia State has issued orders lowering taxes and appointing a
    committee
    to bring to the notice of the Darbar any public grievances”. Rulers
    were…

      1. Darbar Shri MIR SARFARAZ ALI I 1817/1860, married and had
        issue. He
        died
        1860.

        • Kumar Shri Mir Akbar Ali, married and had issue. He died vp
          before
          1860.

          • Kumar Shri Mir Ibrahim Ali, ancestor of the Zamindars
            of Gothra.
        • Darbar Shri MIR JAFUR ALI (qv)
        • Darbar Shri MIR BAKAR ALI (qv)

     

      1. Darbar Shri MIR JAFUR ALI 1860/1863, born 1817, also
        styled
        as Nawab of
        Surat, married 1stly, Musammatpanah Bakthiar-ul-nissa Begum Sahiba of
        Surat
        (daughter of Nawab MIR AFZALUDDIN KHAN, last ruler of Surat which was
        annexed
        in 1800), married 2ndly, Begum Basti Begum of Ahmedabad, married 3rdly,
        Fatima, and had issue, 2 son and 2 daughters. He died 1863.

        • Musammatpanah Zia-ul-Nissa Ladli Begum Sahiba (by 1st
          wife), married
          Nawab
          MIR SAEED ALAM KHAN Bahadur of Belha.
        • Daughter (by 1st wife), married Nawab Mir Ghulam Baba
          Khan of
          Belha, and had issue.

          • Nawab Mir Jafar Ali Khan II
        • Darbar Shri MIR ZULFIKAR ALI (by the 2nd wife) (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Mir Asad Ali (by Fatima)

     

      1. Darbar Shri Mir BAKAR ALI 1863/1890, born 1823, died 1890.

     

      1. Darbar
        Shri MIR ZULFIKAR ALI 1890/1921, born 1859 (#1),
        educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot; married and had issue. He died
        1921.

        • Darbar Shri MIR SARFARAZ ALI II (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Mir Jafur Ali, died sp.
        • Darbar Shri MIR GULAM KHWAJA MOINUDDIN (qv)

     

      1. Darbar Shri MIR SARFARAZ ALI II 1921/1934, born 1880, died spm
        1934.

     

      1. Darbar Shri MIR GULAM KHWAJA MOINUDDIN 1934/1958, born
        1887, married
        and
        had issue. He died 1958.

        • Darbar Shri MIR KUTBUDDIN (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Mir Zulfikar Ali II, married and has issue,
          one daughter.
        • Kumar Shri Ali Akbar Mir, married Rajkumari Sajida Begum
          of Amod. and
          has
          issue, one daughter.

     

      1. Darbar Shri MIR KUTBUDDIN 1958/1998, born 1916, married
        Nawabzadi Ladli
        Begum of Belha and had issue. He died
        1998.

        • Darbar Shri MIR JAFFAR IMAM II (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Ali Asgar Mir

     

    1. Darbar Shri MIR JAFFAR IMAM II (see above)

    ADITIONAL INFORMATION: 
    The
    Kamadhia Royal family was greatly influenced with the English way of
    life.
    Darbar Shri Mir Jafur Ali spent four years in London (the first Indian
    Prince to visit England in 1844). His son Darbar Shri Mir Zulfikar Ali
    was a boy of four when his father died in 1863. The British Authorities
    in India were so close to the Mir Princes that they took the young
    Prince
    of Kamadhia under their wings. On the 12th of May 1873 Sir T.C. Hope
    the
    Guardian and Administrator of Darbar Shri Mir Zulfikar Ali sent him to
    England for his education.  On June 9th, 1873 the boat (Indus)
    landed
    at South Hampton. From there the Prince was taken to London and resided
    at Bayswater. Darbar Shri Mir Zulfikar Ali lived with the Harker Hodges
    family and was under their guardianship. In December 1876 Darbar Shri
    Mir
    Zulfikar Ali returned to India. It was in this year that he was amongst
    the first batch of the Indian Princes to have joined the Rajkumar
    College,
    Rajkot on its opening. It is interesting to note that since his father
    was also known as the titular Nawab of Surat he was enrolled as the
    Prince
    of Surat in the college.

    On
    his death in 1921 Darbar Shri Mir Zulfikar Ali was succeeded by his
    eldest
    son Darbar Shri Mir Sarfaraz Ali II. Since the latter had no male heir
    on his death in 1934 his younger brother Mir Gulam Moinuddin succeeded
    on the Gaddi of Kamadhia. Kamadhia was a VI class state and under his
    reign
    great prosperity was achieved. Schools were opened, taxes were lowered,
    Kamadhia State police was put into top gear and groundnut and
    watermelon
    income increased. Darbar Shri Mir Gulam Moinuddin was given a Jesuit
    education
    at the prestigious St. Mary’s School in Mumbai. His ability to interact
    with the British Political agents at the highest levels because of his
    impeccable English and political acumen saw him become their close
    friend.
    In fact Mr. Eagerton the political agent for Western India State was so
    impressed with his administrative skills that he spent months together
    preparing Darbar Shri Mir Gulam Moinuddin for the political change
    which
    was to envelope India in 1947.

    Courtesy of Kumar Shri Moin Mir ©
    November 2002,
    February 2004.

     

     

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