Hyderabad: A Biography

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - History - 423 pages
Muhammad Quil Qutb Shah built the beautiful city of Hyderabad as a 'replica of heaven on earth'. It was plundered in 1687 by the Mughal forces led by Aurangzeb. After a long period of neglect it rose to be the capital of the expansive Deccan province. The city witnessed phenomenal expansion under Asaf Jah I, and also the dissipation of his legacy. The author acknowledges the most unique feature of this city--the continuance of its cosmopolitan character in the face of communal pressures. He attributes this amalgam of Hindu and Muslim cultures to the mixed 'parentage'--Hind and Muslim--of its rulers.

This volume spans the history of the city from its birth up to the elections of 2004. This book combines the sweep of popular history of the city with the rigour of historiography to make it a fascinating reading of the cultural and political history of the city of Hyderabad.

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Very surprising that Narendra Luther should write book on Hyderabad. He hates every single thing about it. He hails from Pakistan side of Punjab whose mindset is diagonally opposed to the tolerant people of Deccan. He could never understand that. In every single book and every single page he spews venom. From where did he get this term "nazar darbar"? So derogatory which only someone jealous of Hyderabad can think of. I think Narendra Luther owes an apology to the peaceful people of The Hyderabad State. He must do something positive to atone for his sins. Do campaign to save Charminar and remove recent past illegal structures surrounding the beautiful architectural wonder abt 200 feet tall. Only then will it get the Heritage tag. 


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