Syed Reza Ali Meerza or Chhote Nawab is indignant with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. The descendant of Mir Jafar, the commander-in-chief of Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah’s military, says he has made up his thoughts by no means once more to vote for the Trinamool Congress, the celebration he and most of family have been staunch supporters of. The reason being embedded in historical past.
The legend goes that through the Battle of Plassey between the British and Siraj-ud-Daulah in 1757, the East India Firm cosied as much as Mir Jafar to make sure the defeat of the nawab. Siraj-ud-Daulah had allied with the French and the English had been decided to defeat him. The East India Firm’s military had solely about 3,000 males whereas Siraj-ud-Daulah had over 50,000. However the greatest weapon for the British was Mir Jafar who, it’s believed, held again the nawab’s forces so the English military had a bonus within the battle. Siraj, the final unbiased nawab of Bengal, was quickly captured and executed. Mir Jafar grew to become the primary dependent nawab in what quickly grew to become British India. And his title has now develop into a pejorative, synonymous with being a traitor.
Chhote Nawab is indignant with this notion of Mir Jafar and calls it a distortion of historical past. However what has angered him extra is the truth that in rally after rally for the continuing Bengal meeting polls, Mamata Banerjee has referred Suvendu Adhikari, Dinesh Trivedi and Mukul Roy, and all others who give up the TMC to affix the BJP, as “Mir Jafar”, suggesting that they’re traitors.
“That is most unfair. The British have referred to as him a traitor. All of the historical past books have been written by the British, together with this incorrect model,” Meerza instructed Information18. “Mir Jafar was not a traitor. If he had been, do you suppose we might have been allowed to be round?”
Chhote Nawab lives in Murshidabad, on the highest flooring of an previous, pale, blue home, not too far-off from the Hazarduari Palace or “the palace with a thousand doorways” that was constructed for the nawabs. This palace has now been transformed right into a museum and is essentially the most wonderful and placing landmark of this previous city. Not too far-off from the palace is the mausoleum of Mir Jafar. Subsequent to his grave is that of his begum. These are the one two graves which have contemporary flowers on them. It’s Mir Jafar’s family that continues to go to and preserve the graves. Others within the city shun the place as Mir Jafar is taken into account a British stooge who betrayed his grasp.
Chhote Nawab, now 85, can barely see with out his glasses. However he tells us he has seen loads of change. His earnings has trickled down to reveal pittance and his son Fahim runs a pc retailer. “Our mistake is that nobody from our family has ever written a guide concerning the nawab days. No matter you all find out about Mir Jafar is from British historians. They’ve distorted historical past,” stated Fahim. “I intend to write down a guide to disclose the details.”
Fahim additionally says that he has been a volunteer for the Trinamool Congress however is now having second ideas. At rally after rally, he heard the chief minister ridicule the TMC turncoats, calling them Mir Jafars whom Bengal won’t ever forgive. “She hasn’t even bothered to acknowledge what we’ve executed for her,” stated Chhote Nawab. “She too, like others, has listened to the historical past dictated by the British. We stayed again right here in contrast to the remainder of my family who’ve settled in Pakistan. And that is what we get in return. I really feel cheated and we gained’t vote for the TMC anymore.”
Murshidabad has 22 meeting constituencies, the place polling might be held on April 26 and 29. The Muslim inhabitants right here is greater than 69 per cent and the Trinamool Congress hopes to win them over to make up for what it might have misplaced within the earlier 4 rounds of the eight-phase elections to polarisation. The TMC can be apprehensive of the Congress, led this time within the state by a decided Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, as the world has been a stronghold of the grand previous celebration. It is usually cautious of Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM and in style cleric Abbas Siddiqui’s Indian Secular Entrance chopping its votes, although these two events don’t pose a critical problem, in line with TMC insiders. The BJP has been hoping to make inroads by capitalising on the substantial variety of Hindu refugees from Bangladesh within the space and is optimistic of successful at the least two seats. Curiously, the saffron celebration has put up eight Muslim candidates within the district as a illustration of its mantra “Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas” (with all, growth for all, with everybody’s belief). Voting within the state will now happen on April 17, 22, 26 and 29, earlier than relying on Might 2.
The princely state might have gone. And there’s little attachment to monarchy and the nawabs. However the city will get its vacationers and fame from its historic landmarks. Plassey, or Palashi, the place the battle was fought, is about 51 km away. The city of Cossimbazar, the attractive heritage website Katra Masjid, the Rajbari, Motijheel Mosque, and so on, are all reminders of the truth that regardless of progress and adjusted occasions, Murshidabad can by no means break the umbilical twine with its previous. And as Chhote Nawab seethes in anger over the Mir Jafar taunts, his family hopes Mamata and others get a style of historical past too.