Dictionary of Indian Biography/Bhopal, Nawab Sikandar Begam of

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BHOPAL, NAWAB SIKANDAR BEGAM OF (1816–1868)

Daughter of Nuzzur Mahomed Khan, the Nawab of Bhopal and the Kudsia Begam: born in 1816: married, April 18, 1835, her cousin the Nawab Jehangir Muhammad Khan: after his death, on Dec. 9, 1844, she was appointed Regent, in Feb. 1847, and behaved with great loyalty to the British Government in the mutiny. In 1859 she was proclaimed Ruler, her daughter. Shah Jehan, resigning her rights during the mother's life. Sikandar Begam ruled with great vigour, ability and loyalty to the British Government: she received rewards after the mutiny, was made K.C.S.I. in 1861: G.C.S.I. in 1866: made the pilgrimage to Mecca in 1863: died Oct. 30, 1868.