Great grandson of final ruler of Oudh succumbs to COVID

Lucknow, September 14

The great-grandson of the final king of Oudh, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah — Prince Kaukab Quder Saajad Ali Meerza, has handed away.

He died in Kolkata on Sunday night.

He was the final surviving great-grandson of Wajid Ali Shah and Begum Hazrat Mahal.

The 87-year-old had examined constructive for Covid-19 per week in the past, his household mentioned.

He is survived by his spouse, who belongs to Lucknow’s well-known Khandaan-e-Ijtehaad household, two sons and 4 daughters.

He was additionally a senior trustee of the Sibtainabad Imambara Trust in Matiaburj, Kolkata, the place his nice grandfather, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah lies buried.

Prince Kaukab Quder Saajad Ali Meerza, higher often known as Dr M. Kaukub, had executed his doctorate in Urdu from the Aligarh Muslim University on the Literary and Cultural Contributions of Wajid Ali Shah.

He joined the identical college and retired as Professor of Urdu in 1993.

Dr M. Kaukub was a well-liked determine within the billiards and the snooker fraternity of the nation. He was the founder-secretary of the Billiards & Snooker Federation of India, The West Bengal Billiards Association and in addition The Uttar Pradesh Billiards & Snooker Association.

His son Irfan Ali Mirza mentioned that he was the chief referee on the First World Snooker Championship held on the iconic Great Eastern Hotel in Calcutta in 1963-64. He remained the Chief Referee of the National Billiards & Snooker Championship until it left the Palm Court of the Great Eastern Hotel within the seventies.

The rolling trophy of the IBSF World Snooker Championship, the M. M. Baig Trophy, was designed by him, and to this present day stays the celebrated rolling trophy of the World Championship.–IANS

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