31 October, 2020

Nawabiyat At Its Nadir

Afghan warlords for ancestors. Indian cricket's Prince Charming. But did all that mask a perverse side? He is an enigma wrapped in contradictions. Updates

Nawabiyat At Its Nadir

In early 16th century, an Afghan mercenary came to Delhi to offer his services to the Lodhis. In December 2002, the most famous descendant of that warrior told our sister publication Outlook Traveller: "We are basically Afghans with a bit of Turkish blood who came down a few hundred years ago as glorified mercenaries, rushed around on our horses and made space for ourselves. Over the years, we have become a little more sophisticated."

As a life, it's been a strange one, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi's. Born into a royal family, he had the childhood that a prince could expect. Then, on January 5, 1952, his 11th birthday, as he waited to cut his birthday cake, news came that his father had died of a heart attack while playing polo.

Pataudi recovered. He played his first first-class cricket match for English county Sussex...



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