The British ruled India for a long time, but during this time they took thousands of valuables from the country with them. These items also include many rare things, which are difficult for India to recover. Therefore, from time to time, the Government of India keeps making efforts to bring those valuable items home.
According to the news published in The Hindu, the Nizam’s sword is coming to India after 117 years in this episode. At the same time, there are seven other things which are being brought to India from Glasgow (Scotland).
In fact, this 14th century sword was sold to a British general in Hyderabad in the early 20th century. The seven objects, including the sword, are kept in Glasgow Life, which is managed by the Glasgow Museum.
Although earlier these items were shown as stolen, the document of acquisition of the sword states that it was purchased from Maharaja Kishan Prasad.
The sword was bought from the Prime Minister!
Jonathan Reilly, communications officer for Glasgow Life, said, “The sword was acquired in 1905 by General Sir Archibald Hunter, Commander-in-Chief of the Bombay Command during (1903–1907). He had purchased it from Maharaja Kishan Prasad Bahadur. Kishan Prasad Bahadur He was the Prime Minister of Hyderabad at the time. Mr. Archibald Hunter Service, the nephew of Sir Hunter, donated the sword to the collection of Glasgow Life Museums in 1978.”
Let us tell you that this special sword of the Nizam is in the shape of a snake, in which there is a jagged and Damascus pattern on both sides of the sword. Beautiful gold carvings of elephant and tiger are carved in the middle of the sword.
According to museum documents, the sword was “exhibited by Mahbub Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI, Nizam of Hyderabad (1896–1911) at the 1903 Delhi or Imperial court. This exhibition commemorates the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.” The ceremony was held at a formal reception.
There is no information about bringing the sword home.
The director of the Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad, A. Nagendra Reddy says, “The Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad is the right place for the sword, as this sword comes from this area. Reddy further said, although we are yet to get information about the sword being brought back.”
Let us tell you that the Salar Jung Museum (SJM) is a gallery of weapons and weapons, in which swords, knives, war axes and weapons belonging to the Mughals, Nizams and other rulers of India are kept.
How the sword was sold is a mystery
Historian Sajjad Shahid in a conversation with The Hindu states that “how this sword displayed by Nizam Osman Ali Khan was later sold by his prime minister, Maharaja Kishan Prasad, remains a mystery.” It is well known that the Maharaja was wealthy, he may have presented a sword to a British officer.”
Maharaja used to throw coins at people
Significantly, Kishan Prasad was from the family of Maharaja Chandu Lal, who twice became the Prime Minister of Nizam Sikandar Jah. Maharaja Kishan Prasad was known for his generosity, where he was known to throw coins at people following his motorcar.