Seminar on the evaluation of Asaf Jahis to be held in January
Hyderabad: A seminar is going to be organized by Telangana Council of Historical Research (TCHR) and Siasat Daily in the first week of January to reassess and reinterpret the history of the former state of Hyderabad based on authentic historical sources and original materials and data available in the archives.
The need for the seminar arises because in recent years there have been conflicting and conflicting interpretations regarding the nature and characteristics of the Asaf Jahi rule. In particular, the period of the last two Nizams, i.e. the sixth and seventh, has been the subject of critical analysis.
One group of scholars present a negative image of the last phase of Asaf Jahi’s rule by describing the negative features such as autocratic rule, religious strife and feudal domination, while another group of scholars tend to paint a rosy picture of positive developments like industrialization, urbanization, growth in education and so on.
The proposed seminar will examine the long-term historical process of the emergence of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and the impact of his rule in Telangana.
It also seeks to critically assess the contribution of rules during the pre- and post-Salar Jung reforms.
The reign of the second ruler Nizam Ali Khan, 1762-1801 CE was significant as he witnessed the imposition of British dominance of the Hyderabad state.
The period between 1853 and 1948 is crucial for understanding the contours of the birth of modern Telangana. The year 1853 marked the beginning of the Salar Jung reforms which led to fundamental changes in the administrative and socio-economic and cultural fields in the Nizam’s dominions.
Recent press conference
In a press conference held recently, the editor of Siasat Daily said that at present, history is being rewritten for his personal benefit. He also said that civil society should be given the responsibility to write history.
He highlighted the fact that history department only exists in 5-6 universities in Telangana.
Speaking at the press conference, TCHR secretary T Vivek said that a two-day seminar on Telangana history will be held in the first week of January.
Others present at the press conference include TCHR Treasurer Capt (Dr.) L. Panduranga Reddy, Vice President Ziauddin Nayyar, Jt. Secretary P. Gangadhar, EC member G. Vishnu Swaroop Reddy and Prof. Adappa.
Kingdom of Asaf Jahi
In the Deccan, the Asaf Jahi kingdom came into existence in 1724 CE under Mir Qamaruddin Khan Chin Qilich Khan, popularly known by his title Nizam-ul-Mulk Asaf Jah.
Today, Telangana was part of the former state of Hyderabad. Seven Nizams ruled there for more than two centuries until 1948. It was a unique state that inherited the composite culture of the Deccan region.
Nizam State was divided into three linguistic regions, namely, Telangana (Telugu), Marathwada (Marathi) and Karnataka (Kannada). It was a multilingual, multiethnic, multicultural and multireligious state.
According to the 1941 census, 84% of the population was Hindu, 11% was Muslim, and the rest belonged to other religions like Jains, Sikhs, Parsis, etc.
Among the language groups, Telugus constituted about 50%, Marathis 25%, Kannadigas 11% and the rest belonged to other language groups such as Bengalis, Tamils, Rajasthanis etc.