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Old 11-16-2011, 05:09 PM
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Jodhpur

Gaj Singh to be a grandpa - Times Of India
Yuvraj Shivraj Singh
, and Gayatri Kumari of Askot, who got married last year, are expecting their first child.
Maharaja Gaj Singh confirmed the news, "It's a joyous moment for the entire family. We are all excited and eagerly waiting for the good news."
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Saif Ali Khan officially installed as 10th Nawab of Pataudi...
Fool’s world: Who gave Saif the right to be a Nawab? | Firstpost

...the country does suffer a maharaja here, a maharawal there, a prince somewhere and a raja elsewhere, and of course, nawabs. It is almost as if our former princely families hold on to these vestiges of the past as if it is their only possession. It can be argued that passing on a title is a tradition, where the public refer to the subsequent generations of a royal family, deprived of all past privileges, with the same title they used earlier when they held sway. It is also argued that the use of honorifics — nawab, kunwar, raja, maharaja — is out of affection.

No doubt, every time a person from a former royal family passes away, the son is conferred the title his father once had if he was a ruler in his lifetime, or had just used it because the family handed it down, despite the lack of a legal licence to it. In the case of Jyotiradtiya Scindia, he literally ascended a throne in Gwalior, with all the trappings of a coronation. Every former royal household does go through this across the country. The media revels in it for the colour that ‘plebeians’ love. There is an element of the vicarious in such an event for the spectator.

In Rajasthan, even today it is a practice to refer to a former ruler of a state simply as His Highness and it is understood who it is — people would be hard-pressed to recall their real given names. His Highness Jodhpur means the Maharana of Jodhpur, Gajsingh. So does a former feudal of a handkerchief-sized Maharashtrian place being called ‘Kumarsaheb‘; his descendents live in two-room apartment in Pune.

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Old 11-19-2011, 04:25 AM
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Jaipur

The Bhutanese King and Queen are greeted by RF of Jaipur (Princess Diya Kumari).

Article + video footage - NDTV


Bhutan's royal couple with Prince Narendra Singh (left), young Maharaja Padmanabh Singh (right) and Princess Diya Kumari - October 2011.

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Old 11-22-2011, 02:48 AM
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Royal traditions die hard in India - Columnist - New Straits Times
They have survived the loss of the annual Privy Purses that were compensation for their kingdoms' accession to the Indian Union. They were taken away through an amendment to the constitution in 1971.
The kings are commoners now. Most remain rich. Feudal mores continue. Modern outside, back home and among their erstwhile subjects, they follow traditions.
Many own huge palaces. The enterprising ones have turned them into heritage hotels and resorts. Thanks to them, the tourism industries of Rajasthan and Gujarat, where a majority of the princedoms resided, are thriving.
Most took to farming their huge estates, others took to industry and commerce, others took up government jobs, especially diplomatic assignments.
Not all of them had foresight. Many frittered away their wealth. Property disputes have dogged many large families that have larger retinues.
The new generation is into many things, from hospitality businesses to industry and fashion (Raghavendra Rathore of Jodhpur), while promoting various sports and cultural activities.
Many contemporary princes, Ajatshatru Singh, Samarjitsingh Gaekwad and Ranninder Singh, of Kashmir, Baroda and Patiala respectively, have taken to politics like their fathers.
Manvendra Singh Gohil, heir apparent to the throne of Rajpipla, Gujarat, was the first among India's royalty to admit he's gay. He works as an organic farmer and a human rights activist.
Ashok Vardhan Singh Deo, younger son of K.P. Singhdeo, wears a pilot's wing with Kingfisher Airlines.
Sociologist Dipankar Gupta told The Telegraph: "Royalty has become even more important today, since the mass marketing of Indian culture has given a purpose and meaning to the concept."
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:14 AM
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Nalagarh

Royalty to play key role - The Times of India
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NALAGARH: The Nalagarh royalty, which mostly likes to confine itself within the walls of their fort-cum-hotel or away from this small dusty industrial town, may after many years play a decisive role in the outcome of the bypoll scheduled to be held on November 30.

Locals believe that most people of the area and especially the old-timers still look up at the royal family with the same awe and wonder their forefathers did and that the royalty factor can decide the poll results. "The royal family still has a good vote bank mainly due to the public trust it has earned and never broken," said Pahu Lal, a farmer. According to persons close to the family, Vijayendra Singh, the present ceremonial ruler of Nalagarh, has personally been calling up local leaders to ensure residents vote for the Congress candidate.
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Magnificent and historical, the Mysore Palace would mark a century next year

Constructed to house the royal family of Mysore as the earlier wooden palace was ravaged and destroyed in a fire in 1897, the existing palace will complete 100 years in 2012 to mark which the State Archaeology Department plans to have a series of events and have it declared as a protected monument.
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The palace is an example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture and is a three-storeyed structure whose façade comprises nine impressive arches — three on each side flanking the giant central arch that is supported by two smaller arches. The central portion has a dome that towers to a height of 145 feet and the entire palace facing east, is surrounded by a fort. The main gate of the Fort leading to the palace is Jayamartanda Gate which is massive in proportion and is sublime despite its size.

As one walks into the interiors, the visitors are ushered into the Kalyana Mantapa which is embellished with 26 murals capturing the glory of Mysore Dasara, and further on the visitors enter the durbar hall called the diwan-e-aam which is about 155 feet in length and 42 feet wide.

The Diwan-e-khas is also called Amba Vilas and is lavishly embellished with inlay work, intricately carved designs filled with ivory. The then Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV who reigned from 1902 to 1940 entrusted the responsibility of beautifying the Amba Vilas section to the renowned artist K. Venkatappa, according to Nagaraja Rao.

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Travancore

A royal treat, indeed | Deccan Chronicle
He might be a descendent of HH Maharaja Swathi Thirunal and Raja Ravi Varma and a scion of the royal family of Travancore, but it’s Prince Rama Varma’s simplicity, modesty and his unique ability to make people comfortable that his students and fans love him for.
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Gujarat's Royal families

Royalty from Bhutan given a regal treat in the walled city - Times Of India
After a long time, the walled city in Ahmedabad played host to several members of Gujarat's royal family recently to mark the visit of the Queen Mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck and princess Ashi Euphelma Choden Wangchuck of Bhutan along with their royal entourage in the city. The event was organized at the Hutheesing ni Haveli on Gheenkatha road.Among the royal families from Gujarat who were present at the function were members of the royal family of Wankaner, Bapa of Dhrangadhra, Yuvraj of Baroda, Rani of Santrampur and Rani of Baria as well as Maharaja and Yuvraj of Sirohi.
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"It was a rare event in the walled city's history. There have been very few occasions when members of the royal families have met at a common function. A special textile exhibition was arranged at the Haveli for the guests," said Umang Hutheesing of the Hutheesing group. tnn
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:36 AM
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100 anniversary of Delhi Durbar held on December 12, 1911

Aamby Valley City hosts New Delhi's 100th anniversary event
[...] Graced by Indian royalty who were invited to share their family's memories of the Delhi Durbar on the centenary of the royal gathering, the event marked the milestone by the revelation of the cover of soon to be launched book Royal Reservation by Amrita Gandhi.

100 years ago: A one million pound announcement - Rediff.com News
The 1911 Durbar, the third of its kind, was held probably at the peak of British imperial glory in India. It cost the British government in India upwards of a million pounds and took a long year of preparations.
It marked the coronation of George V and was the very first visit of a British monarch to Indian soil; they arrived by ship through the Gateway of India in Mumbai. The very regal and decorous George V and his queen, Mary of Teck graced the occasion. They were proclaimed Emperor and Empress.

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Mayong

The royal paupers of Assam - The Times of India
For the people of Mayong, Konwar is known by his royal name - Taroni Singha Raja, the 40th king of Mayong. He traces his lineage back to Bhima's son Ghatotkachha in the Mahabharata. And while he may not have any political power now, he still commands respect from the people his ancestors ruled over.
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Horseback wars - Economy and Politics - livemint.com
After their royal estates were subsumed, only a handful of the erstwhile royals continue to back the sport. One such is Gaj Singh from the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family.
He’s in Kolkata this winter to celebrate the sesquicentennial, or 150 years, of the Calcutta Polo Club—the oldest in the world.
But there weren’t too many others with such ancestry in the stands of the Pat Williamson Ground, once graced by the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and the late Maharani Gayatri Devi.

Royals await baby who will break jinx
If princess Gayatri Kumari of Jodhpur delivers a boy this month, a five-generation-old jinx could become history.
Gayatri’s father-in-law Gaj Singh will then stand to become the first Jodhpur maharaja in six generations to cast his eyes on a grandson.
The previous five maharajas, starting from Rao Jaswant Singh II in the late 19th century, all died before the birth of their eldest grandson, who would one day hold the royal title.

Portrait of a former raja and conservationist
Former Maharaja of Marwar, Jodhpur, Maharaja Gaj Singh II, in a candid chat with DNA, talks about the disparity in governance between yesterday and today, his evergreen hobby of preserving heritage assets and culture.
Owing to the sudden death of his father, he was anointed as the Maharaja of Marwar at the tender age of four.
Today, 57 years on, when he looks back to that era, he feels leaders could learn a thing or two from the erstwhile rajas, from the way they governed their kingdoms and took and implemented decisions.
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A heritage building was demolished in Western Bengalia.

The Assam Tribune Online - Heritage building 'Gauripur House' demolished
King Pratap Chandra Baruah and queen Bhavani Priya, purchased one of the largest buildings from a nawab for the study of their son Raja Prabhat Chandra Baruah and the building was named as ‘Gauripur House’. Due to the apathetic attitude of Assam and West Bengal Governments, one notorious promoter sold the house by using false stamp paper to another promoter. The self declared owner of Gauripur House (which had got the tag of heritage building in 1998) then demolished the Gauripur House completely and has been busy in making flats in that place. But such deeds of the promoter never ever reached the ears of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
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Sharmila eyes family feud end
Sharmila Tagore today landed in Bhopal with the “purpose” of settling a long royal wrangle her late husband, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, had with his sisters over mansions and palaces in Bhopal spread over 2,000 acres.
This is the first visit by Begum Ayesha Sultana — as Sharmila is known in Pataudi’s family — to Flag Staff House after the death of Tiger Pataudi, the former Indian cricket captain, in September.

Sharmila Tagore steps in to settle property row - The Times of India
Her sense of dressing still intact - clad in a chiffon saree and draping a shawl the wife in mourning - Begum Sharmila Tagore - has taken the initiative to bring together the family, resolve property disputes and ensure the legacy of her cricketing husband.
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Staying alone for the first time in the Sarf-e-Khas 'Flag staff house', Tagore is reportedly trying her best to resolve disputes over properties of the Nawab of Bhopal.
She met Patuadi's elder sister Saleha Sultan on Wednesday morning, while awaiting the arrival of younger sister Sabiha Sultan's husband Arjuman Ali Khan.
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Sharmila's transition from an actress to 'begum' - Movies News - Bollywood - ibnlive
Sharmila Tagore's transition from an acclaimed Bollywood actress to the matriarch of the former royal family of Bhopal was evident during her recent visit to this City of Lakes, where she settled family feuds and intervening in issues relating of the Haj. Sharmila, known as Begum Ayesha Sultana to people here, was in Bhopal for the first time since the death of her husband, former India cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, in September.
She stayed here for four days Dec 27-30 and met Pataudi's sister Saleha Sultan, 71, and Arjuman Ali Khan, husband of another sister Sabiha Sultan, 69, to settle their decades-old property dispute.
After the death of Pataudi's mother Begum Sajida Sultan, the last nawab begum of Bhopal, the cricketer was recognised as the head of the royal house. However, Saleha and Sabiha have been fighting for what they claim is their share of the ancestral heritage.
Sharmila told reporters that her children, Saif Ali Khan, Saba Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan and their cousins were keen on an early and amicable settlement.
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SD Burman - Composer descends from Royal family of Pakistan
SD Burman's mother's name was Nirmala Devi. His father was the second son of Ishanachandra Dev Burman, the Raja of Tripura; so SD Burman is descended from a royal family. SD Burman was one of nine children and the youngest of five boys.
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gulfnews : Cleaners blamed for damaging historic palace
An effort to clean the famous Hawa Mahal ahead of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, or Non-Resident Indian Day, here may have damaged the 18th century palace, archaeological sources said yesterday. Apparently over-enthusiastic to clean the city in time for the PBD, civic authorities washed the pink-coloured ‘Palace of Winds' using fire brigade hoses, the sources said.
The cleaning has left several patches on the monument with faded colour and damaged other parts, according to the sources.

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"During a visit to tourist spots in the city a couple of days ago, Rajasthan Tourism Minister Bina Kak had expressed dissatisfaction over the sanitation work at Hawa Mahal as it had a lot of dirt and dust," a state archaeological department official said on condition of anonymity.
He said civic officials accompanying the minister immediately directed the fire department to carry out a clean-up without consulting the archaeological department.
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Patiala sees elevation of crown prince over raja - The Times of India
The elevation of 'crown prince' over the younger brother of the king - that's the stuff many palace intrigues are made of. The erstwhile royal family of Patiala, too, is witnessing a similar political battle - between the heir apparent Raninder Singh, or his mother and MP Preneet Kaur, to be precise, and the Maharaja Patiala, Amarinder Singh's younger sibling, Malvinder Singh.
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Royals await baby who will break jinx
If princess Gayatri Kumari of Jodhpur delivers a boy this month, a five-generation-old jinx could become history.
Gayatri’s father-in-law Gaj Singh will then stand to become the first Jodhpur maharaja in six generations to cast his eyes on a grandson.
The previous five maharajas, starting from Rao Jaswant Singh II in the late 19th century, all died before the birth of their eldest grandson, who would one day hold the royal title.

Was this baby already born? It was due in December.
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Was this baby already born? It was due in December.

You've asked it already, Biri.
No info confirmed by Jodhpur RF yet.
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Jodhpur's Maharaja and his wife's aircraft wreckage discovered inside jail : NATION News - India Today
The wreckage of a light aircraft that killed the Jodhpur Maharaja Hanwant Singh and his wife Zubeida nearly 60 years ago has been recently discovered in an unlikely location: the cellar of the Central Jail in Jodhpur.
The wreckage of the Beechcraft Bonanza, a light six-seater aircraft, was found more or less intact under a pile of junk in the high-security prison after an old employee mentioned it to the jail superintendent. But what was the Maharaja's aircraft doing in the prison? "The wreckage was shifted here as it was considered inauspicious to be kept anywhere else," says Jail Superintendent A.R. Niazi.
The cobweb-covered aircraft wings and smashed fuselage are a mute testimony to the tragedy that enveloped the royal household on January 26, 1952. Singh, then 28, a passionate aviation enthusiast, piloted his beloved Beechcraft to election rallies.
His strenuous campaign for both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections allowed him just four hours sleep each night, and he compensated with-according to the January 14, 1952 issue of Time magazine- a daily dose of 15 Dexedrine tablets, a stimulant that helps increase wakefulness.
He took to the skies with his wife to celebrate his impending landslide victory in India's first election. He flew dangerously low over a dry river bed, buzzing a horse carriage before hitting some cables and crashing.
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