The Tragic Tale Of Last Awadh Royal Family Who Were Even Alleged To Be Imposters
It all started in the 1970s when a woman who claimed to be Wilayat, Begum of Oudh showed up on the New Delhi Railway Station.
这一切都始于20世纪70年代，当时一名自称是乌德省韦拉亚特·贝古姆(Wilayat，Begum of Oudh)的女子出现在新德里火车站。
She had brought with her, tonnes of carpets, bags full of jewellery, precious porcelain crockeries, invaluable silver tea sets, few servants, eleven Great Danes, and two children, known as Prince Ali Raza and Princess Sakina.
她带来了数吨的地毯，装满珠宝的袋子，珍贵的瓷器，无价的银茶具，几个仆人，11只大丹麦人，以及被称为阿里·拉扎王子(Prince Ali Raza)和萨金娜公主(Princess Saina)的两个孩子。
How It All Began
In 1856, a kingdom in the present-day Uttar Pradesh, Oudh, was annexed by the East India Company. The then-ruler, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah was banished to Calcutta, where he died thirty years later.
1856年，在今天的北方邦，乌德邦的一个王国被东印度公司吞并。当时的统治者纳瓦布·瓦吉德·阿里·沙阿(Nawab Wajid Ali Shah)被流放到加尔各答，30年后在那里去世。
She professed to be a direct descendant of Wajid Ali Shah, the former ruler of Oudh and wished for the glory that her lineage had been denied. She ached for recognition for her family’s sacrifice and appropriate treatment as per her royal status.
她自称是乌德前统治者瓦吉德·阿里·沙阿(Wajid Ali Shah)的直系后裔，并希望获得她的血统被剥夺的荣耀。她渴望家人的牺牲和根据她的皇室身份得到的适当待遇得到承认。
Begum wished the ancestral property that had been seized by the British to be returned to her. When that didn’t happen, as a form of protest, she started camping in the VIP lounge of the station.
She attracted the attention of media, government officials, and the common population. She had an interesting story — a Queen who was squatting in a station with nowhere to go and everybody indulged in it.
It was said that Begum and her family were allocated in Srinagar after the partition but in 1971, the palace was burnt down, therefore ensuing her arrival in New Delhi.
Finally, in 1984, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi acknowledged and accepted their claim. The royal family was allocated a 14th-century ramshackle hunting lodge after a decade of squatting in a train station.
In 1985, the last royal family of Oudh moved into their broken-down palace with their servants and dogs. The palace was known as Malcha Mahal, a hunting lodge constructed by Feroz Shah Tughlaq in the late 14th century deep inside a forest.
1985年，乌德的最后一个王室带着他们的仆人和狗搬进了他们破败的宫殿。这座宫殿被称为马尔查·马哈尔(Malcha Mahal)，这是一座由费罗兹·沙阿·图拉克(Feroz Shah Tughlaq)于14世纪末在森林深处建造的狩猎小屋。
The ‘Mahal’ had no facilities. It had run down walls and with no electricity, doors, or running water. Even the food used to come from restaurants initially, through servants.
The royal family was very reclusive. They didn’t allow anybody to see them and didn’t make any public appearances. They only occasionally allowed foreign reporters, to lay down their complaints.
On the gate, they put up a sign that said: “Entry Restricted. Cautions of Hound Dogs. Proclamation. Intruders shall be Gundown.”
They were never seen in public, especially Wilayat.
After a while, all the servants also left and only one dog remained. It is said that the dogs were poisoned by thieves.