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Destroying Hyderabad and Making the Nation

The Destruction of Hyderabad by A G Noorani (New Delhi: Tulika Publications), 2013; pp 388, Rs 825.

A G Noorani’s latest effort, The Destruction of Hyderabad, reminds us of an important yet oft-neglected episode in the making of the republic. Shortly after the 3 June 1947 announcement of Partition, Mir Osman Ali Khan, the Muslim Nizam of Hyderabad, declared that he would not commit colonial India’s most populous and wealthiest princely state to either of the newly announced dominions of India or Pakistan. Almost all of the nearly 600 princely states acceded to either India or Pakistan by 15 August, but war soon broke out over Jammu and Kashmir, a legacy of the ambiguities of transforming the colonial order into a system of nation states that still plagues the subcontinent. Within the context of war and the upheavals of Partition, India and Hyderabad engaged in a series of tortuous negotiations until their ultimate collapse in June 1948.

The Hyderabad Episode

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