The last ruling Nawab of Pataudi, Iftikhar Ali Khan, married Begum Sajida Sultan, heiress of Bhopal. The princely state of Bhopal was one of few where the succession of females was acceptable; indeed, that state had been ruled by three generations of Begums of Bhopal for a century beginning 1829. Upon the demise of Sajida sultan in 1995, her only son Mansoor Ali Khan, the titular nawab of Pataudi, is regarded by many as being the head of the royal family of Bhopal as well as Pataudi.
To the larger public, the question of succession to an erstwhile princely state is of but academic interest, since not only the states themselves but also the titles and privileges associated with their rulership stands abolished in India.
Tiger on the Run One of India's most respected cricketers is caught in the centre of an illegal hunting expedition. The Nawab of Pataudi finds his reputation on the line.
Jun 20, 2005; The trap that caught the hunters was as much a matter of chance as the animals they chose to line up in their gunsights. And the...