Madan Mohan Malaviya sold Hyderabad Nizam’s own shoes to him for constructing BHU and humilliated him on his mistake

For the foundation of Banaras Hindu University Pt Madan Mohan Malviya had to beg for money from the rich, poor, Maharajahs, Nawabs and even beggars without feeling ashamed.

Once a surprise occurred. For the collection of funds Malviyaji had gone to meet the Nizam who was one of the richest man at that times.

Nizam Of Hyderabad

Pics below will make you understand the kind of wealth he used to have

Nizam’s palace 

Nizam's Palace
Nizam’s Dining Table 

Dining Table of Nizam
Nizam’s Jewels 

Nizam's Jewels

Malaviyaji had gone to meet Nizam of Hyderabad for money but the Nizam not only refused to offer money but insulted him by offering him his shoes.

Shoes of Nizam

Malaviyaji was not perturbed at all by his rude behavior but accepted it with thanks. He came back and auctioned it publicly. It fetched him much money.


When the Nizam came to know about it through the Press, he felt very much ashamed and apolosised to Malaviyaji and bought his own shoes from him. Soon after this incident Malaviyaji was praisingly called ‘A Great Beggar’.