Saif Ali Khan will soon be crowned as the Tenth Nawab of Pataudi. The crowning ceremony will take place in the princely Pataudi state in Haryana by the end of October. The ceremony will take place 40 days after the demise of Saif's father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
A huge turnout of people is expected on the day of crowning, as people from across the state would come to see the Pagri Rasm (coronation ceremony) of Saif Ali Khan, one of the loyal caretakers of the palace. The ceremony is more of a family tradition and hugely symbolic for the people of Pataudi.
Titles like 'Nawab' are no longer recognized by the government of India. Princely states were abolished in 1971, Mansoor Ali Khan was the last Nawab who reigned from 1952 till 1971 and was regarded as a Nawab of the 52 villages of the Pataudi riyasat. For purely sentimental reasons, the people of Pataudi wanted their Chhote Nawab Saif to be crowned as the Tenth 'Nawab of Pataudi' to continue the family tradition.
Pataudi has been ruled by Saif's forefathers since the early 19th century. The Nawabs, who were originally the governors of a province during the Mughal era, continued to rule princely states under the British rule.
Keeping with tradition, Saif will become the head of the princely Pataudi state in Haryana. He will now have to manage his father's estate, ancestral home and trust. Saif also wants to continue with the good work that his father did for the people of Pataudi and will also look after the eye hospital and other charitable institutions father was managing.
Saif is not very comfortable with the idea of being crowned as Nawab of Pataudi but is doing so keeping in mind the sentiments of the people of Patuadi. Refusing to use the title of Nawab, Saif mentioned that he would prefer to remember his father as the last Nawab of Pataudi.