Their life is far from the truth, most of them live in abject poverty
1. Raja Brajraj Kshatriya Birbar Chamupati Singh, Mahapatra of Tigiria
Compelled to sell his royal residence and deprived of illustrious advantages, he inhabits the leniency of the town people now.
He is the last enduring previous ruler in Odisha and was before the life of India’s imperial gathering circuit. He had an armada of 25 extravagant vehicles and lived in a castle with 30 workers. He was referred to for his ability as a shikari, who had shot 13 tigers and 28 panthers.
Be that as it may, his fortunes evaporated after Indian Independence, when he lost his state’s duty incomes and was given a privy tote of £130 pounds a year all things considered. He had to sell his castle in 1960 for £900 and later isolated himself from his better half. In 1975, the Government pulled out the final illustrious advantages and he lost his yearly pay.
Today he inhabits the benevolence of the residents who bring him rice and lentils for lunch, in a mud hovel of flimsy condition, shrouded in spider webs.
In spite of his staggering tumble from glory, he stayed glad
“At that point, I was the lord. Presently I’m a poor person. In any case, I have no second thoughts at all.”
2. Sultana Begum, wife of the great-grandson of Bahadur Shah Zafar
After her better half’s destruction, her life has been diminished to measly benefits from which she needs to help her 6 youngsters.
She had hitched the extraordinary grandson of Bahadur Shah Zafar.
Since her significant other Prince Mirza Bedar Bukht kicked the bucket in 1980, Sultana has slipped into existence of destitution. The beneficiary is compelled to live in a little two-room cabin in the ghetto territory of Kolkata. She imparts a kitchen to her neighbors and washes in the road utilizing water from public taps.
Regardless of proof that she is identified with the nineteenth-century imperial family, Sultana approaches her everyday life on a fundamental annuity of around 6000 INR for each month, inside which she needs to cover herself and her six kids, five girls and one child.
3. The Scindias of Gwalior
A family who nearly went into ruination since they were excessively cautious with their depository.
The Tomars constructed the heavenly Fort of Gwalior, the Mughals transformed it into a scandalous jail, the 1857 radicals utilized it as an essential station, and at last, it turned into a fortification of the Scindias.
The Gwalior stronghold was utilized by the Scindias as ordnance just as a depository. The Scindias had an enormous assortment of abundance known as the ‘Gangajali’ and similar was kept in it. It was said that this abundance was amassed so it very well may be utilized during crises, for example, wars and starvations.
Maharaja Jayajirao Scindia who was liable for this depository kicked the bucket before long and couldn’t give the mystery code needed to get to it to his child Madhav Rao, as he was only a youngster. The family at that point went into a condition of monetary ruin for, numerous years.
For quite a long time, the abundance stayed lost and life was a battle. Luckily, however, at last, Madhav figured out how to discover the chamber, and their monetary issues were generally settled.
At the point when he found the fortune, he chose to exchange the resources and put them into numerous businesses and organizations, including Tata
4. Uthradam Thirunal Marthanda Varma, the former King of Travancore
The family that gave away all their fortune to God.
By 1750 Travancore had become rich and big. So the then king made a unique spiritual and historical contribution. He decided to surrender all his riches to the temple – Padmanabhaswamy which is also their family deity.
Then in 1839, almost two decades before the mutiny, they rose against the British again, but the subsequent punishment was severe. The royals of Travancore were rid of their army of 50,000 and ordered to pay reparations for the upkeep of British regiments.
Later, in 2011, on the discovery of the immense wealth in the vaults of Shree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, the government ordered state protection for it. However, the King had made a statement saying that the treasure belonged to neither him nor the government, but to God
5. Descendants of Tipu Sultan
One of the greatest warriors India has produced, whose descendants are now pulling rickshaws for a living.
Revered as the “Tiger of Mysore”, Tipu Sultan achieved fame through his military genius and statesmanship and died fighting the British at Seringapatnam in May 1799. His lineage now is in danger of extinction.
Tipu Sultan’s descendants have been reduced to poverty and forced to take up menial jobs to survive. This is despite the fact that they continue to be heirs to one of the country’s biggest and richest Muslim trusts, the Prince Ghulam Mohammed Trust.
Seven out of his 12 sons have no surviving male heir. Of the other 5, the descendants of only 2, Mooniruddin and Ghulam Mohammed are traceable. Their descendants earn their livelihood as small-time businessmen, and the survivors of Ghulam Mohammed’s lineage live in squalid poverty in a dilapidated haveli.
6. Princess Sakina Mahal of Awadh
Once ruling over a massive stretch of land, this family lives in a notorious Mahal, tucked away in a forest of Delhi.
Princess Sakina Mahal, whose family were the rulers of the Kingdom of Oudh, was once ruled over a mammoth swath of central India. Currently, the princess Sakina and one prince Riaz, who would both be middle-aged by now, live in Malcha Mahal, a structure that was once a Tughlaq era hunting lodge and has now disintegrated into a dilapidated building, to say the least.
After a 9 year-long legal battle with the government, they were finally allotted the premises in addition to a sum of Rs 500 at the end of every month
7. Ziauddin Tucy, a descendant of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal emperor
An apparent descendant of the wealthy Mughal dynasty, who now lives on a pension.
Ziauddin Tucy is the sixth generation descendant of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar and today struggles to make ends meet. Living in a rented house, he still believes that the government will release the properties of the erstwhile Mughals to the legal heirs.
He also demands restoration of an Rs. 100 scholarship for Mughal descendants, which was discontinued by the government a while back. He wants that the amount is raised to Rs 8,000. and that the government should grant the economically depressed Mughal descendants the money for their upliftment.
Tucy has two unemployed sons and is currently living on a pension
Once the richest man in the world, now his descendants possess less than a fraction of his wealth.
By the early 20th century, Nizam’s wealth accumulated to approximately £100 million in gold and silver bullion, and £400 million in jewelry alone, making him the richest man in the world. He used a 185-carat diamond worth $200 million for a paperweight and apparently, had enough pearls to fill up Piccadilly Circus.
He had a prodigious appetite for sex and had sired children from 86 mistresses in his harem and had more than 100 illegitimate children. Because of this, by the 1990s, the claimants to his wealth had gone up to 400 legal heirs.
Among the most unfortunate of the descendants is one Mukarram Jah, who lives as a frail old diabetic in a small apartment in Istanbul, amidst memories of untold wealth, expensive ex-wives, and 14,718 courtiers who bled his inheritance dry.