It is shocking to note that the Nizam imported Muslims to create population supremacy in the region. A large settlement of Yemeni descent people in India’s Hyderabad about 4 kms from the iconic Charminar, presents a slice of Yemen.
Nizam’s rule was the darkest chapter in history of Deccan. Nizam’s dark history includes a genocide of his Hindu subjects.
Historians estimate that Nizam’s police&Razakars massacred 100,000 Hindus before Sardar Patel annexed Hyderabad in 1948.
Nizam Osman Ali Khan himself was a Jihadi whose avowed intention was destruction of Hindus. In his own poem, he writes
“Mai Pasban-e-din hoon Kuffar ka jallad hoon”
“I am the protector of Islam and a butcher/executioner of Kaffirs (Non-Muslims)”.
To reduce Hindu majority, Nizam imported 8 lakh foreign Muslims. These include Arabs & Afghans. They were given all benefits of state.
Like other Muslims, these foreign imports were given rights to keep weapons. However, Hindus were demilitarized and not allowed to keep weapons.
These foreign Muslims like Arabs formed a big chunk of Nizam’s army.
Even his commander in Chief, Sayyid El Edross was an Arab.
Most of these Arabs stayed back. Lakhs of Yemeni Arabs found today in Barkas(Hyderabad) are descendants of Nizam’s armies.
Nizam also embarked on mass conversion drives.
In his service was a man named Siddique who founded the Dindar movement.
The Dindars were a band of robbers whose profession was loot and conversions.
Siddique called himself an avatar of Basaveshwara and was funded by Nizam.
Siddique claimed that Nizam is praised in Vedas and Quran.
He even said that Nizam was none other than Dharmaraja.
He even made a prediction that Nizam would one day capture Delhi & raise Islamic flag on red fort.
Siddique converted thousands of Hindus with the help of Nizam.
Siddique predicted that all Hindus would convert to Islam & all Hindu idols would be destroyed.
He predicted that Gandhi &Nehru would convert.
He warned of an upcoming genocide & exhorted Hindus to convert to escape genocide.
Conversions were carried out in Government offices.
Nizam also introduced a conversion offer for criminals: convert and you will be released from jails!
In this manner, thousands of criminals and prisoners converted to escape impending jail sentence.
They were released from jail with a ready profession: they joined the Razakars.
In this manner, there was a study decline of Hindu population in Nizam’s kingdom.
In 1891, Hindus were 90.53 % of the population.
When Osman Ali Khan came to power in 1911, they were 86.15%
At the end of his reign, they were reduced to just under 80%.
In Nizam’s kingdom, Hindus were prohibited from building temples in “Muslim areas”.
Hindu temples were often desecrated but culprits NEVER punished.
Hindus were prohibited from performing public Kathas/Poojas while Muslims freely performed public prayers & converted Hindus.