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Akbar Ali Khan
Akbar Ali Khan Governor to UP and Odisha from Hyderabad 1972-1976
Member of Rajya Sabha
In office
Governor of Uttar Pradesh
In office
Succeeded byMarri Chenna Reddy
Governor of Odisha
In office
25 October 1974 – 17 April 1976
Personal details
Born20 November 1899
Hyderabad, Hyderabad State, British India
Political partyIndian National Congress
Alma materOsmania University
London University
AwardsPadma Bhushan

Nawab Mir Akbar Ali Khan (20 November 1899 – 1994) was governor of Uttar Pradesh[1] in India from 1972 to 1974 and governor of Odisha from 25 October 1974 to 17 April 1976.[2] He was a member of the Rajya Sabha for 18 years and he was deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha for 12 years. He was associated with Osmania University and was a member of the Senates of Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Millia Islamia and Jawaharlal Nehru University. Later in 1957 he founded a Polytechnic in Hyderabad.[3][4]

Early life

Akbar Ali Khan was born in 1899, to Mehboob Ali Khan, a jagirdar in Bidar and the commander of one of the troops of the Nizam. He received his early education in Mufid-ul-Anam High School. He joined the Aligarh Muslim University, but influenced by Gandhi, he gave up his studies to participate in the Non-cooperation movement. He later completed his B.A. in 1923 from Osmania University.[1] Later he took LL.B. (Hons) from London University, completed barrister at law at Middle Temple, and returned in 1927 to start practice as advocate. After his return from England as barrister at law he married Karamat Unissa Begum.


He was included in Dasturi Islahat Commission formed in Hyderabad, and a leading member of the Bulki Movement. He also became vice-chairman of Hyderabad Municipal Council, and was member of the Osmania Graduates Association from 1952, serving as member and chairman of its Economic Committee and Exhibition Committee.

He was chairman of the United Progressive Committee for 17 years and prepared a scheme in 1939 to end Hindu-Muslim differences, presented before leaders of both sides. He did not accept the invitation of M.A. Jinnah to join Majlis-a-Iltahadul Muslamin, and did also reject the offer of Prime Ministership of Hyderabad State. In the following years he was appointed vice-chairman of Reception Committee of Indian National Congress Hyderabad in 1948, Member of Senates of Aligarh University, Jawaharlal University and James.

He started the Hyderabad Polytechnic by donating 15 acres of his land at Ramantapur, and 50000 rupees in cash. It was renamed on Jawaharlal Nehru after Nehru's death. He was also one of the founder members of the Industrial Exhibition of Hyderabad. In 1975 he collected donations in cash and kind for the establishment of the "Yusuf Baba Ward" in the Nampally Hospital. He also founded the "Old Boys Association of the Aligarh Muslim University". He used to organize help and relief for widowed women to last them for five years. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1965. As Governor of U.P., Ali Khan released a postage stamp in memory of Syed Ahmad Khan. He supported the demands of Telangana but opposed the demand for separation. He represented India at the United Nations Organisation. He was in the Mission to China and was also with the deputations to Moscow, Finland and other Nations of Asia, Africa and Europe. He was a Member of Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) for 18 years and was its vice-chairman for a total period of 12 years. He was deputy leader of Congress Parliamentary Board.[1]

Nawab Mir Akbar Ali Khan, a Padma Bhushan recipient,[5] died in 1994. He had four children out of whom one is alive: [6] Nayeem Ali Khan.


  1. ^ a b c "Shri Akbar Ali Khan". Official Website of Governor's Secretariat, Raj Bhawan, Uttar Pradesh. Archived from the original on 15 August 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Raj Bhvan Odisha : Our Governor's". Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  3. ^ "About Shri Akbar Ali Khan". Archived from the original on 17 February 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2007.
  4. ^ Haseeb, Ahssanuddin (11 February 2019). "'Main Kisi Se Nahi Darta' – Nawab 'Mir Akbar Ali Khan' Was Afraid Neither Of Nizam Nor Anybody Else". Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Nawab Mir Riazuth Ali Khan passes away". Deccan Chronicle. 26 March 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.