Shuja-ud-Din Muhammad Khan

Shuja-ud-Din Muhammad Khan was the son-in-law of the first Nawab Murshid Quli Khan. He remained the Nawab till 1740. His tenure is known for reorganization of the Bengal, Bihar and Orissa.

  • In 1733, Shuja-ud-Din Muhammad Khan had merged Bihar in Bengal and divided the entire region into 4 administrative regions viz. Central Division, Dhaka Division, Bihar Division and Orissa Division.
  • During his time a noble Jagat Seth, who was a baker in Calcutta rose to prominence.

After he died in 1739, he was followed by his son Sarfaraz Khan, who within a year was defeated by one Alivardi Khan and killed in a bloody battle at Giria.

From 1740 to 1756, Ali Vardi Khan remained the Nawab of Bengal as Mahabat Jung. In 1756, when Alivardi died he was succeeded by Siraj ud-Daulah.

  • Siraj ud-Daulah was the last sovereign Nawab of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa.
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