Nawab Ali Yavar Jung (February 1906 – 11 December 1976) was an eminent Indian diplomat. He was governor of the Indian state of Maharashtra from 1971 to 1976.

He was born in Hyderabad to a distinguished Hyderabadi family of scholars, administrators and educators, and studied at Queen's College, Oxford,[1] earning a degree in History.

Nawab Ali Yavar Jung served as the Vice-chancellor of Osmania University from 1945 to 1946 and from 1948 to 1952.[1] In year 1965 to 1968 he was Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University.[2] He opposed reservation on religious ground at AMU.[3] In 1946-47 he was Minister Constitutional Affairs, Home and Educational, Public Health and Local Government in the Nizam's Governor. He resigned from that post in 1947.He was India's ambassador to Argentina (1952–54), Egypt (1954–58), Yugoslavia and Greece (1958–61), France (1961–65), and the United States (1968–70).[1] His personal rapport with Juan Perón, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Josip Broz Tito, Charles de Gaulle, and Lyndon B. Johnson substantially contributed to their understanding and appreciation of India's independent foreign policy.[citation needed]

He was appointed as governor of Maharashtra in 1971, and died during his term as governor at Mumbai's Raj Bhavan in December 1976.[1][4]

He was awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan, India's highest civilian honors, in 1959 and 1977, respectively.[1][5] The stretch of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway (NH 8, commonly called "Western Express Highway") in the suburb of Bandra in Mumbai[citation needed] and The National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped[6] located there are named after him. Bilkees I. Latif, social worker, Padma Shri awardee and the wife of I. H. Latif, former Air Chief Marshal, is his daughter.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Shri W.A. Sangma (14 December 1976). Obituary References (Speech). Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 17 July 2008. 
  2. ^ http://megassembly.gov.in/proceedings/1976/14-12-1976.htm
  3. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/aligarh-muslim-university-50percent-quota-for-muslims-creates-a-storm/1/193559.html
  4. ^ "Previous Governors List". Raj Bhavan, Maharashtra State. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "List of Padma Vibhushan Awardees" (PDF). Retrieved 17 July 2008. 
  6. ^ Qureshi, M. U. (2006). Encyclopaedia of Social Problems and Social Welfare. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. p. 203. ISBN 81-261-2584-5. 
  7. ^ "A Life of service honoured with the Padma Shri award" (PDF). You and I — eMag. 16 February 2009. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 
Political offices
Preceded by
B.K. Nehru
Indian Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by
L.K. Jha
Academic offices
Preceded by
Bashir Hussain Zaidi
Vice-Chancellor of AMU
Succeeded by
Abdul Aleem