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Salman Karim Babukhan
Salman Babukhan
About Salman Babukhan

Salman Babukhan, scion of the renowned Babukhan family of Hyderabad (India), completed his schooling and graduation from Hyderabad and then went on to acquire a Management degree from the Loyola University of Chicago, Illinois, USA. A multi-faceted personality, he is the custodian of the awe-inspiring Babukhan Legacy that straddles across diverse fields such as education, adventure sports and construction, to name but a few, and simultaneously espouses several philanthropic causes. His core competencies are Human Resources, Finance and Marketing.

As an educationist, being Secretary of The Hyderabad Education Academy, Salman Babukhan has successfully steered Glendale Academy and The Springfields Group of Schools towards conquering new frontiers in the realm of education.

As a member of the Hyderabad 10k Foundation, Salman Babukhan has helped conduct the 10k run and the Half Marathon successfully from 2003 to 2007. An ardent lover of adventure sports.

An active proponent of social causes, Salman Babukhan is a member of several service-centric organizations. He is the former Chairman and present member of the Hyderabad Round Table, Area 134 and a member of the Young Indians (Yi) of the CII as well.

In the field of construction, Salman Babukhan lends his expertise to the construction wing of The Babukhan Group and has been responsible for landmark architectural creations such as the Babukhan Millennium Centre, the Asifjahi Towers, the Liberty Plaza and the sprawling Glendale campus with its lush, beautifully landscaped gardens.

Salman Babukhan’s objective in life is to develop strategies that work on the principle of self reliance and to execute them for a cause that benefits the primary areas of shelter and literacy.

Salman Babukhan’s ability to assess, analyze and execute with precision, good communication skills, ability to handle large scale projects and an eye for detail have been his strengths and his mantra to success.


Background : Born in 1941, hails from a well-known family of Hyderabad.

Profession : Business: - Constructed 20 multi-storied residential and commercial complexes in the last 30 years, including the tallest  Babukhan Estate (17 Floors).

Political : Mr. Bashiruddin Babukhan was elected as an MLA twice, in 1985 & 1994 and, he was Cabinet Minister twice. He held portfolios of Higher Education, Major Industries, Tourism & Minorities Welfare during 1989, & 1994-1998. (Resigned as Minister, on principle, when Telugu Desam Party supported BJP Government at Centre in 1998).

Mr. Bashiruddin Babukhan's father, Mr. Khan Bahadur Abdul Karim Babukhan, had constructed and donated the present Congress Headquarters of A. P., “Gandhi Bhavan”, to the Congress Party, some 50 years ago.

He has been very actively involved in the Congress Party.  Mr. Bashiruddin Babukhan was a Member of a Committee for the AICC Session at Hyderabad.  he has worked very hard in many parts of State in the Elections to the Municipalities and Zilla Parishads, with good results.  He was deputed by the AICC, on recommendation of President, APCC, to work in the State Elections in Assam for 8 days, in the Dumri area. 

He held Minority Conventions in many Districts to propagate the State Government’s programmes for Minorities welfare. 

Mr. Bashiruddin Babukhan has been continuously working for the upliftment of Minorities and for general public good.  He regularly meets Chief Minister, Ministers and Officers to solve peoples’ problems.

Social Activities: associated with many Charitable and Educational Organisations:  

  1. President, All India Muslim Educational Society (AIMES).  (It has Branches all over the country).
  2. Executive Member, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), Delhi
  3. Confederation of Muslim Educational Institutions of India (CMEII). (Founded by Mr. K. Rahman Khan, Dy. Chairman, Rajya Sabha).
  4. Vice President, Movement for Empowerment of Muslim Indians (MOEMIN), Delhi.
  5. Trustee, Hyderabad Zakat & Charitable Trust – annually gives scholarships for 20,000 poor students.
  6. President, Islamia Education Society – (Founded by my forefathers 115 years ago).
  7. President, Khan Bahadur Babukhan Foundation – A Charitable Trust.
  8. Founder, Smart Academy: for developing personal skills, vocational training and Women Empowerment
  9. President, Hyderabad Educational Academy: Runs Schools (since 17 years) – one of International Standards.  In all 2500 students on rolls.
  10. President, Forum for Equity & Justice – an Advocacy group – Hyderabad.

Office Address: 7th Floor, Babukhan Millennium Centre, No. 6-3-1099, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda, Hyderabad 500082, Ph: 040-23320135 / 6, Fax: 040-23320137. Email: bbk@babukhan.com.

Father of Mr. Bashiruddin Babukhan

KHAN BAHADUR ABDUL KARIM BABUKHANFew men achieve what Babukhan did in his day and time in the contemporary history of Hyderabad State and Andhra Pradesh.  Babukhan began his career quite early in his life, as a Civil Contractor, under his own father, Mohammed Babukhan.   One of his first Contracts was to build the road from Kachiguda Railway Station to Nimboli Adda – Nayapul, in 1914.  Mohammed Babukhan, being himself a Contractor, had inducted his elder son, to under take civil works, when Abdul Karim Babukhan was just 25 years old.  Thus was borne a sense of enterprise in him, which led him to enter the field of Industry.

Hyderabad State, under Nizam VII, who was himself a great visionary and, certainly one of the most distinguished potentates of pre-Independence India, of Maharajas and Nawabs, who ruled in most parts of the country.

In 1929, the King of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, set up what was known as the Industrial Trust Fund.  This State Organisation, which had no parallel in the whole country then, was the predecessor of Organisations such as the State Industrial Development Corporation and the State Finance Corporation, which came into being only in the 1950s and 1960s, all over the country.  The Industrial Trust Fund was launched with a corpus of Rs. 1.00 Crore. Its funds were invested to buy stocks in stock companies, which were promoted by private industrial entrepreneurs, in most cases, up to 51% of the paid up capital of such enterprises.  Taking advantage of this fund, some Entrepreneurs, such as Abdul Karim Babukhan, Mohammed Ahmed Alladin, Pannalal Pitti, amongst others, set up industries.  The Babukhan Group set up units to manufacture Sugar, Synthetic Textile and Paper and the like.

When the Government decided to start mining of coal in Khammam District, it was the enterprising Abdul Karim Babukhan, who was called to open the first mine at Singareni in early 20’s.  With Coal as fuel for generation of power and bamboo for raw material from Adilabad, Mr. Babukhan set about to produce paper and cellulose textile and such other Industries.  The Nizam’s Government had conceived that, the Godavari River Velley should develop into an industrial hub, on the pattern of developments at Manchester in England, which also has large reserves of coal.   This area was to be known as ‘the Manchester of the East’.  In fact, the authority named, ‘Godavari Valley Development Authority’ was set up to industrialise and develop the area.  Today this Authority still exists, but,  only on paper.

Mr. Babukhan set up the Sirpur Paper Mills Ltd and the Sirsilk Limited in Adilabad District.  Between the years 1930 to 1960, other Industries were also started by him, such as the Hyderabad Vanaspathi Ltd and The Hyderabad Roller Flowers Mills Ltd at the Moula Ali Industrial Estate.  A maize starch plant and an Acetic Acid Factory were also set up at the Azamabad Industrial Estate (where the Charminar Cigarette Factory is presently located).

Having begun his career as a Contractor, in 1936, Mr. Babukhan, also set up another Corporate Entity, known as The Hyderabad Construction Company Ltd. This was a forerunner to many such others, later in the country.  Under this Company, huge contract works were undertaken, such as The Ramagundam Thermal Power Station, in Khammam District and the Tungabhadra Dam, now in Karnataka.  This is an inter-State Project.  Other major and similar works include the laying of the cement road of Begumpet, Hyderabad, a masonry Bridge at Soan, over the Godavari River near Nirmal, in Adilabad District – the Stone masonry structure of the Maneru Dam also, in Adilabad District. 

Amongst some of the well known buildings constructed by this Company are the Arts College of Osmania University (Hyderabad), which bears the famous Indo-Sarasenic architectural features, the Palace of the Nizam at Delhi, famously known as the ‘Hyderabad House’, and the Gandhi Bhavan, the present Headquarters of the State Congress Party.  The architecture of the Arts College Building bears features of Islamic architecture, with fine ground columns and arches at the 1st level, and that of Indian temple architectural, featuring hexagonal pillars with flat cross lintels.  

The Hyderabad House (which has now been purchased by the Government of India from the Andhra Pradesh Government), is a huge building with number of rooms, most of which are decorated in style and décor, representing cultures of major States of the Indian Union. [The Hyderabad House, for the first time, was visited by Mr. Bashiruddin Babukhan and all his family members in August 2007].  The Nizam is reported to have stayed at this Palace only just once, when called on the Viceroy of India.  Interestingly, other Rajas across the country were also allotted land at Delhi.  But, only a few constructed their Palaces in those days, such as, -- the Patiala House, Rajastan House etc,.  However, none of these match the grandeur of the Hyderabad House, whether outside or inside. 

The Gandhi Bhavan was constructed and gifted by Mr. Babukhan to the Congress Party and, it was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in the year 1956.

A. K. Babukhan was a unique practitioner of human relations.  He entertained Officers of the British Raj, the Chief Ministers and senior bureaucrats with equal felicity. Such Parties were a regular feature at his residence at Ranigunj, which itself had great architectural features and, which was built in 1924 by his father, Mohammed Babukhan.  Mr. Babukhan had many friends even amongst the British, who had maintained a Military Garrison in Secunderabad and had an Envoy – The Resident, in his dominion.  Amongst the VVIPs entertained by Mr. A. K. Babukhan were Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, Mr. Bakshi Gulam Mohammed, Chief Minister of Kashmir, Mr. D. Sanjeeva Reddy and Dr. M. Chenna Reddy, the Chief Ministers of A. P.. 

Mr. Babukhan’s Industrial Empire and his other entrepreneural activities earned him very substantial amount of money, which he mostly invested in properties all over the Twin Cities and in the stocks of various Companies.  He himself was a very frugal man, with simple tastes and mild manners, ate simple food, used ordinary but comfortable cars, and practiced  great honesty as the head of his Public Limited Companies.  He would not take any advantage of his position as the Founder of so many Enterprises, nor would be allow his family, to take undue advantage.

He was very fond of traveling and would take his own family and close relatives, including children, every year, to see one or the other part of the country. 

He gave away huge amounts of money as charity, without making a public show of it.  In fact, he gave monies to many people to help them in their hour of need.  Except one, others did not return the same.  Only one Gujarati family, who were running their business in the erstwhile Nizam State, the Padelas, came back to the family with a Hundred Thousand Rupees after Mr. A. K. Babukhan died in 1968, which, they said, they had taken from Mr. Babukhan.

Mr. Babukhan, though himself had studied only up to High School, was very keen about his own children pursuing higher education. All his children, including his 7 daughters completed graduation, which was not a common feature amongst Muslim families those days.  He also helped set up Schools, such as the Islamia High Schools for Boys and Girls, the Mahaboob College, all in Secunderabad.

Mr. Babukhan helped other members of his extended family also, to set up businesses, and allowed them to take part in his construction activities, so that, they would also gain and themselves become entrepreneurs. 

Because of his contribution to the growth and development of Hyderabad State through his entrepreneurship and achievements in business and industry, his service to the social and community causes earned him the honorary title of ‘Khan Bahadur’, conferred on him by the British Raj through the Viceroy of India, Lord Wavell in 1945.   He served as an Honorary Magistrate in the Secunderabad Cantonment Court for 22 years.   Because of his entrepreneurship in business and Industry, his services as an Honorary Magistrate, and contributions to social and community causes, the Viceroy of India, Lord Wavell conferred on him the titles, first of ‘Khan Sahab’, and later (on 1st January 1945), that of ‘Khan Bahadur’.   The Nizam of Hyderabad, who gave away State Honours to individuals for their outstanding contributions in various fields, though he personally promised to convey such an Honorary Title on Mr. Babukhan, never did.   Along with the honour titles of ‘Jung’ and ‘Dowla’ came gifts of huge tracts of lands as ‘Jagirs’ or ‘Mansabs’ in favour of such citizens, who then came to be known as ‘The Nawabs’.

After 1956, when the Government of India enacted the Companies, the Industries, in which the Nizam State had invested its share capital, were all taken away by the State from the hands of Mr. Babukhan, because the State had held more than 50% shareholdings in most of the Companies promoted by him.

After Independence, when there was much social unrest in Hyderabad State, including the ‘Razakar Movement’ followed by the ‘Police Action’ which came as a consequence to the Nizam’s regime not exceeding his State to the Indian Union on the country attaining independence.  In those days of turmoil, and the consequences thereof, including labour unrest and, not to mention the hostile attitude of the new State of Hyderabad (and later AP), towards the Muslims in general, many other Industries had to be shut down, and later, liquidated or sold. 

Mr. Babukhan was also put in jail on suspicion of collusion, when Mir Liaq Ali had the ousted Prime Minister of the Hyderabad State escaped from housed arrest and fled the country.  In its aftermath, many prominent citizens of Hyderabad, such as Mr. Babukhan and Mr. Ahmed Alladin were taken into custody.  They were freed after two months.

Mr. Babukhan came out of such trauma and pursued his industrial activity even in the post Independent era, when he established a maize starch factory and an Acetic Acid Plant.  But these Industries also did not do well, primarily due to non-cooperation of the State Government in making the raw material available such as maize, imported from America, and power Alcohol for manufacture of Acetic Acid easily available to his Companies. These two Factories were also shut down, and subsequently sold, as they had run into heavy losses. 

One important aspect of Mr. Babukhan’s personality was the immense good will he had built up during his career, through is wide circle of friends in all communities.   When his sons entered the business arena, they found that there was a lot of good will attached to the name Babukhan.  Many bureaucrats and politicians had extended their cooperation to the sons, Mr. Bashiruddin Babukhan and Mr. Ghiasuddin Babukhan in their own entrepreneurial activities.  They never experienced any sense of discrimination.