Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah Asaf Jah VIII, Beyefendi (born 6 October 1933), less formally known as Mukarram Jah, became the titular Nizam of Hyderabad on the death of his grandfather in 1967.
Mukarram Jah was born to Azam Jah and Durru Shehvar and the grandson of Osman Ali Khan, the last reigning Nizam of Hyderabad state, and also the grandson of the last Ottoman Caliph, ‘Abdu’l-Mijid II. Jah was educated at The Doon School and then in England at Harrow School, Cambridge University (Peterhouse), the London School of Economics and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Mukarram Jah had a close relationship with India's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who reportedly wanted him to become his personal envoy or an ambassador to a Muslim country. His two main palaces in Hyderabad—Chowmahalla and Falaknuma—were restored and opened to the public, the former as a museum highlighting the Nizam era and the latter as a luxury hotel opened in February 2010 after renovating and restoring for about ten years (under lease to the Taj Group).