UP 'princess' photo goes off menu at Shanghai eatery

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RAMPUR: A restaurant in China's Shanghai has removed the photographs of a former Indian princess from its menu card after Indian Ambassador to that country Vikram Misri took up the matter following protests from her family in UP.

Princess Nawabzadi Mehrunnisa Khan

is the daughter of the last nawab of Rampur.
Misri pursued the matter after former UP minister and four-term MLA Nawab

Kazim Ali

, her nephew, sent a letter to India's

consul

general in Shanghai on June 11 saying that the

Masala Art restaurant

did not take permission from the erstwhile royal family or from Mehrunnisa to use her photo.
In the letter written to India's consul general to Shanghai Anil Kumar Rai on June 11, Ali said it was an "invasion of privacy". He wrote: "...Shri Rajesh Prabhakar, owner of Masala Art restaurant, Shanghai, is using the photograph of my aunt Nawabzadi Mehrunnisa Khan of Rampur in the menu cards of all his restaurants. This is being used in a derogatory manner without our permission. ...We are terribly distressed as this is a total

invasion

of our privacy".
He added, "For your information, Nawabzadi Mehrunnisa Khan is the daughter of the last nawab of Rampur state Nawab Syed Raza Ali Khan, who was the first ruler of undivided India to merge his state in the Union of India in May, 1949. Due to this gesture, half of Gandhi Ji's ashes were sent to Rampur from Delhi by the then PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. She is also the sister of my father Nawab Syed Zulfquar Ali Khan, a six-term MP from Rampur." The action was swift. On June 12, Misri reverted and told Khan that the menus have been withdrawn.
Mehrunnisa was married to Rahim Khan who was the commander-in-chief of Pakistan Airforce during the 1971 war. While Khan is no more, Mehrunnisa, almost 90 and ailing, lives in Washington DC.
Nawab Kazim told TOI, "After the action taken by the Indian Ambassador in China, the owner of Masala Art has removed the pictures of Mehrunnisa Khan from the menu cards of all the six restaurants in Shanghai, and he has apologised".

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