Siege of Arcot was a major battle fought between Robert Clive and the combined forces of the Mughal Empire's Nawab of the Carnatic, Chanda Sahib, assisted by a small number of troops from the French East India Company.
Muzaffar Jung
A map of the Carnatic containing the territory of Tanjore ruled by the Nawab of the Carnatic, Chanda Sahib.
Dupleix meeting the Subahdar of the Deccan, Muzaffar Jang.
Clive at the siege of Arcot (1751)

He joined hands with his Carnatic ally Chanda Sahib and the French while Nasir Jung joined hands with his Carnatic ally Muhammad Ali Khan Walajah and the British.

- Muhyi ad-Din Muzaffar Jang Hidayat

After the death of the Nizam of Hyderabad, a civil war for succession broke out in south between Nasir Jung and Muzaffar Jung.

- Chanda Sahib
Siege of Arcot was a major battle fought between Robert Clive and the combined forces of the Mughal Empire's Nawab of the Carnatic, Chanda Sahib, assisted by a small number of troops from the French East India Company.

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Nasir Jung

The son of Nizam-ul-Mulk by his wife Saeed-un-nisa Begum.

The son of Nizam-ul-Mulk by his wife Saeed-un-nisa Begum.

After the death of the Nizam-ul-Mulk, the Nizam of Hyderabad, a civil war for succession broke out in south between Nasir Jung (son of the Nizam-ul-Mulk) and Muzaffar Jung (grandson of the Nizam-ul-Mulk from his daughter).

This opened a window of opportunity for Hussain Dost Khan better known as Chanda Sahib who wanted to become Nawab of Carnatic and joined the cause of Muzaffar Jung and began to conspire against Nawab Anwar-ud-din Muhammad Khan in Arcot.

Lord Robert Clive meeting with Mir Jafar after the Battle of Plassey, oil on canvas (Francis Hayman, c. 1762)

Carnatic Wars

The Carnatic Wars were a series of military conflicts in the middle of the 18th century in India's coastal Carnatic region, a dependency of Hyderabad State, India.

The Carnatic Wars were a series of military conflicts in the middle of the 18th century in India's coastal Carnatic region, a dependency of Hyderabad State, India.

Lord Robert Clive meeting with Mir Jafar after the Battle of Plassey, oil on canvas (Francis Hayman, c. 1762)
Showing the Carnatic Region of what is now India.
Dupleix meeting the Nizam of Hyderabad, Muzaffar Jung.
The British surrender of Madras, 1746.
The Siege of Arcot (1751) was a major battle fought between Robert Clive and the combined forces of the Mughal Empire's Nawab of the Carnatic, Chanda Sahib, assisted by a small number of troops from the French East India Company
Robert Clive fires a cannon in the Siege of Arcot.
French and English boats position near Pondicherry. French National Archives.
End the siege of Pondicherry in 1748.
Death of the Nawab Anwaruddin Mohammed Khan in a battle (battle of Ambur) against the French in 1749 (by Paul Philipoteaux).
Lally at Pondicherry.
The Black Hole of Calcutta, 20 June 1756.
Jean Law's Memoire: Mémoires sur quelques affaires de l'Empire Mogol 1756–1761 contains detailed information about the campaign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II and his French allies against the British East India Company.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRK1x3GSmYk| url-status=dead|title=Niall Ferguson - Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World - Why Britain? 4/5|work=YouTube|access-date=28 September 2014}}</ref>
English guns at the battle of Plassey, June 23, 1757.
Nawab of Bengal, Mir Qasim at the Battle of Buxar
Mughal artillerymen at Plassey during the Carnatic Wars.
Stringer Lawrence and Nawab Wallajah in Madras<ref>Palk Manuscripts, four-volume collection of the correspondence of Sir Robert Palk relating to Indian affairs, Historical Manuscripts Commission: Report on the Palk manuscripts in the possession of Mrs Bannatyne of Haldon, Devon, p.XII </ref>

A power struggle ensued after his death between his son, Nasir Jung, and his grandson, Muzaffar Jung, which soon involved foreign powers eager to expand their influence.

Dost Ali's death sparked a power struggle between his son-in-law Chanda Sahib, supported by the French, and Muhammad Ali, supported by the British.