Save Errum Manzil

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Errum Manzil, a palace once noted for its elegance, luxe, and grandeur is at risk for demolition at the hands of the state government. Built by Nawab Safdar Jung Musheer-ud-daula Fakhrul Mulk in 1870, Errum Manzil is a architectural wonder and hidden gem in the busy and fast developing streets of Hyderabad India. The palace boasts of over 150 rooms, with a golf course, horse stable, and polo ground, but is currently used as offices for government officials. 

The family of Fakhrul Mulk humbly ask you, the Telangana State Government, to preserve this heritage site that not only showcases his devotion to architecture but provides a sense of pride for all Hyderabadis. We ask the state government of Telangana to redirect the Rs 100-crore (over $14,000,000 USD) designated for the building of a new office structure in its place towards conservation efforts instead. When our family graciously surrendered the property during Independence to the newly formed Indian government, we expected it to be taken care of, to be used as a remembrance of Fakhrul Mulk and his contributions to Hyderabad.

In a time when Muslims in India face severe criticism, Errum Manzil is one of our many heritage sites that reinforce the Indian-Muslim identity. Convener Anuradha Reddy from the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) - Hyderabad division has already urged the state to save the building. If Errum Manzil be restored instead of demolished, the locals of Hyderabad would be able to enjoy the structures initial beauty. Art and history are integral parts to our culture and identity, saving architectural monuments such as this one help add a sense of self towards what is means to be Indian. A beautiful structure with history and purpose deserves to be saved. India must remember her history, especially with the rise of homes being converted into apartment buildings in Hyderabad, large landmarks such as this one are becoming an anomaly. Please sign this petition to urge the State Government to save Errum Manzil. 

DISCLAIMER: As far as I (Narjis Syed) am aware at the time of this being written, none of Fakhrul Mulk's descendants benefit in any monetary way from the saving of this structure, our only desire is to preserve the building. 



(photo taken from The New Indian Express: