Safdarjung

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For the districts in Delhi, see Safdarjung .


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-->was the Subadar Nawab of Oudh from 19 March 1739 to 5 October 1754.

Life

Safdarjung was born as Muhammad Muqim in Khurasan, Persia and migrated to India in 1722.

Career

He succeeded his father-in-law and maternal uncle Burhan ul Mulk Sa'adat Khan to the throne of Oudh, apparently by paying Nadir Shah two crores of rupees. The Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah gave him the title of "Safdarjung".

Safdarjung was an able administrator. He was not only effective in keeping control of Oudh, but also managed to render valuable assistance to the weakened Muhammad Shah. He was soon given governorship of Kashmir as well, and became a central figure at the Delhi court. During the later years of Muhammad Shah, he gained complete control of administration in the Mughal Empire. When Ahmad Shah Bahadur ascended the throne at Delhi, Safdarjung became his Wazir ul-Mamalik-i-Hindustan or Chief Minister of India. However, court politics eventually overtook him and he was dismissed in 1753.

After the accession of Ahmad Shah in 1748, he made sufdarjung his Chief Minister and...
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