Nawab Zeenat Mahal




Nawab Zeenat Mahal was from the family of Nawab Quli Khan, and was the daughter of Nawab Shamsher Ud Daulah.  She had a house near what was known as the Lal or Red Well.  Zeenat Mahal had a son Prince Jawan Bakht and she stayed throughout with Bahadur Shah Zafar in Yangoon during his period of exile from India. Prior to the events of 1857, Bahadur Shah Zafar tried his best to ensure that after his death Zeenat Mahal and her son Prince Jawan Bakht would not be treated badly.  The English reassured him that they would be looked after, however,  due to the events of the War of Independence these undertakings were no longer upheld and Zeenat Mahal and her son both died and were buried in Myanmar.

The photograph on the side was taken after the Badshah and Zeenat Mahal were defeated and captured by the British.