Ali Yavar Jung
Governor of Maharashtra
In office
26 February 1971 – 11 December 1976
Preceded byOm Prakash Mehra
Succeeded byKona Prabhakara Rao
Indian Ambassador to the United States
In office
Preceded byBraj Kumar Nehru
Succeeded byLakshmi Kant Jha
Indian Ambassador to France[1]
In office
Preceded byN. R. Pillai
Succeeded byRajeshwar Dayal
Indian Ambassador to Egypt[2]
In office
Preceded byK.M. Panikkar
Succeeded byRatan Kumar Nehru
Indian Ambassador to Argentina[3]
In office
Personal details
BornFebruary 1906
Hyderabad, Hyderabad State, British Indian Empire
Died11 December 1976(1976-12-11) (aged 70)
Raj Bhavan, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Spouse(s)Alys Iffrig (known after her second marriage as Alys Hyderi)
Zehra Ali Yavar Jung
ChildrenTyabji family (through son-in-law)
Bilkees I. Latif (born of Alys Iffrig)
RelativesIdris Hasan Latif (son-in-law)
Alma materQueen's College, Oxford
Occupationdiplomat, politician
AwardsPadma Vibhushan
Padma Bhushan

Nawab Ali Yavar Jung Bahadur (February 1906 – 11 December 1976) was an Indian diplomat. He served as Indian Ambassador in Argentina, Egypt, Yugoslavia and Greece, France, and the United States.

He was governor of the Indian state of Maharashtra from 1971 to 1976. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan, India's highest civilian honors, in 1959 and 1977, respectively.

Early life

He was born in Hyderabad to a distinguished Hyderabadi family of scholars, administrators and educators, and studied at Queen's College, Oxford,[4] earning a degree in History.


Nawab Ali Yavar Jung served as the Vice-chancellor of Osmania University from 1945 to 1946 and from 1948 to 1952.[4] In year 1965 to 1968 he was Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University.[5] He opposed reservation on religious grounds at AMU.[6] In 1946-47 he was Minister Constitutional Affairs, Home and Educational, Public Health and Local Government in the Nizam's Governorate. He resigned from that post in 1947.

He was India's ambassador to Argentina (1952–54), Egypt (1954–58), Yugoslavia and Greece (1958–61), France (1961–65), and the United States (1968–70).[4] His personal rapport with Juan Perón, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Josip Broz Tito, Charles de Gaulle, and Lyndon B. Johnson substantially contributed to their understanding and appreciation of India's independent foreign policy.[citation needed]

He was appointed governor of Maharashtra in 1971, and died during his term as governor at Mumbai's Raj Bhavan in December 1976.[4][7]

He was awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan, India's highest civilian honors, in 1959 and 1977, respectively.[4][8] The Western Express Highway in Mumbai[9] and The National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped[10] located there are named after him.

Personal life

He married a French lady Alys Iffrig, but the couple got divorced. His daughter with Iffrig was Bilkees I. Latif. Bilkees' husband, his son-in-law was the Air Chief Marshal Idris Hasan Latif, the 10th Chief of the Air Staff.[11] Later, he married Zehra Ali Yavar Jung, a social worker.

See also


  1. ^ "History". Embassy of India, Paris. Archived from the original on 30 September 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  2. ^ "List of former Ambassadors". Embassy of India, Cairo. Archived from the original on 19 August 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Former Ambassadors". Embassy of India, Buenos Aires. Archived from the original on 16 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e Shri W.A. Sangma (14 December 1976). Obituary References (Speech). Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 17 July 2008.
  5. ^ "Proceedings of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly assembled after the First General Election". Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. Archived from the original on 10 August 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2023.
  6. ^ "Aligarh Muslim University: 50% quota for Muslims creates a storm, UPA govt in tight spot".
  7. ^ "Previous Governors List". Raj Bhavan, Maharashtra State. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2008.
  8. ^ "List of Padma Vibhushan Awardees" (PDF). Retrieved 17 July 2008.
  9. ^ Chacko, Benita (18 September 2017). "Western Express Highway: Few know this arterial road honours a former diplomat". The Indian Express. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  10. ^ Qureshi, M. U. (2006). Encyclopaedia of Social Problems and Social Welfare. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. p. 203. ISBN 81-261-2584-5.
  11. ^ "A Life of service honoured with the Padma Shri award" (PDF). You and I — eMag. 16 February 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
Political offices Preceded byOm Prakash Mehra Governor of Maharashtra 1971–1976 Succeeded byKona Prabhakara Rao Preceded byB.K. Nehru Indian Ambassador to the United States 1968-1970 Succeeded byL.K. Jha Academic offices Preceded byBashir Hussain Zaidi Vice-Chancellor of AMU 1965-1968 Succeeded byAbdul Aleem