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Old 08-30-2010, 05:36 AM
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Raja of Mahmudabad

India to return half a billion worth of estates to Muslim royal - Telegraph

Mohammed Amir Mohammed Khan, the Raja of Mahmudabad, has been fighting to recover his family estates, which include a royal fort and a palace built for a former British colonial governor, for 37 years.

The estates were seized by the Indian government along with hundreds of other 'enemy properties’ belonging to Muslims who migrated to Pakistan following the 1965 war between the two countries. They included the family home, the historic Qila Fort, near Lucknow, and the family’s vast property portfolio because his father, Amir Ahmed Khan, decided to become a Pakistani citizen in 1957.

But while he chose Pakistan, his wife, a Rani in her own right, and son, now the current Raja, chose to stay as Indian citizens. Since his father’s death in 1973, he has been fighting a series of legal battles with the government to challenge the status of his inherited estates as 'enemy property’ and recover them from tenants.

The Raja sacrificed his own career as an astrophysicist – he studied at Cambridge and was a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in London – to take over his father’s responsibilities and was nominated by the late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as a Congress candidate in the state assembly.Since then, and despite having powerful friends in the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, the Raja has been forced to fight more than 10 court actions to establish his Indian citizenship and his claim as sole heir to his father’s title and estates.

His victory was sealed this weekend when the Indian parliament agreed a new 'Enemy Property Act’ which will restore all confiscated properties to Muslim owners who can prove their Indian citizenship.

The Khans are one of India’s oldest royal families, one of the most senior in the Shi’ite Muslim world, and can trace its roots back to the Prophet Mohammad.
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Death of the Maharaja of Dhrangadhra-Halvad

The last Knight of the Order of Indian Empire has died, aged 87

His Highness the Maharaja of Dhrangadhra-Halvad, who died on August 1 aged 87, was the last of the Indian princes who ruled their own states before India became independent in 1947.

On acceding to the gadi (throne) on his father's death in 1942, he launched an economy programme, ordered the State Council to meet once a week and enacted a series of modernising laws. These affirmed his subjects' fundamental rights, ending the segregation of the "untouchable" castes, and permitting women to hold property and to remarry. Compulsory free primary schooling was introduced as well as village and municipal self-government.

As Independence became inevitable, Dhrangadhra threw himself into the task of creating what he saw as the "free" India. Recognising that the amalgamation of his state with the larger Saurashtra was in the greater interest, he was among the first princes to sign Mountbatten's Instrument of Accession, thereby losing his ruling powers.

After being received in a private audience by King George VI and witnessing the final reading of the Indian Independence Bill in the Commons, he became deputy governor of Saurashtra, presiding over its first elections. He was briefly president of the state bank, and was a member of the body planning the constitution.

The Maharaja of Dhrangadhra was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire in 1948, and was the last surviving KCIE. He was president of Rajkumar College in Rajkot; and a life member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association; of the World Wildlife Fund; the International Phonetic Association; and the Heraldry Society. He was also a member of the Cricket Club of India, the Fencing Association of Great Britain and the Bombay Masonic Lodge.

He married, in 1943, Brijraj Kumari Sahiba (daughter of the Maharaja of Jodphur), who survives him with their three sons. The eldest, 66-year-old Sodhsalji, prefers to be recognised as the head of Jhala clan, but is still popularly known as the Maharaja.

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Old 09-19-2010, 10:40 PM
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Lavish mahogany dressing table commissioned by His Exhalted Highness Mir Osman Ali Khan (1886-1967), the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad was auctioned in Austen, Texas - PR-USA.net
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Punjab’s former chief minister and scion of Patiala’s royal family, Capt. Amarinder Singh and his wife Preneet Kaur, who is currently minister of state for external affairs will host TRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Patiala’s Moti Bagh Palace when they arrive in India for the inauguration of the Commonwealth Games early in October.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:03 AM
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Further to Kasumi's report, the Prince of Wales and Duches of Cornwall have enjoyed the hospitality of the Maharaja and Maharani of Patiala at the Moti Bagh Palace in Chandigarh.

From the Telegraph.co.uk

The Prince visited an organic farm near Chandigarh before the Royal couple travelled to Patiala, where they stayed with the Maharaja and Maharani of Patiala in the Moti Bagh Palace after joining them for a gala dinner. The Duchess wore an ice blue Bruce Oldfield silk dress with a lace overdress, set off by a diamond and aquamarine necklace.

The Maharaja, Captain Amarinder Singh, disclosed that when the Royal couple last stayed with him, on a private visit in 2006, the palace was hit by a storm that blew away the marquee where the dinner was being held.
He said: "We reorganised quickly and had a sort of picnic inside. The Prince really enjoyed himself. I know he and the Duchess like to go to bed early but that night they stayed up with us until 11.30."
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Prince of Wales meets Maharaja of Jodhpur

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were hosted at the Bal Samand Lake Palace by
Maharajah Gaj Singh, erstwhile king of the state of Jodhpur. Prince Charles and Camilla spent the evening interacting with entrepreneurs from the British Council's Young Creative Entrepreneurs (YCE) Awards programme, which aims to develop a professional network of creative entrepreneurs in India, the UK and internationally.
This was followed by a display of Gaj Singh's Marwari horses cantering to the beats of the dhol. - The Times of India
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The Royal family of Koch dynasty celebrates the historical Durga Puja at Raja Howli of Koch King Prem Narayan Deb popularly known as ‘Thota Raja’ with a nearly 400-year-old tradition with a five-day programm. - The Assam Tribune
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Cinderella' hunt for an Indian princess

An Australian television technician has begun a Cinderella-style hunt for his Indian "princess" ancestor in Delhi, attempting to trace her and her descendants using only a pair of silk slippers handed down through generations.
According to family records, his great-great-great-uncle, Major General Samuel Need, married a "native woman'" they believe to have been a princess .
Maj Gen Need was a British cavalry officer who fought in the Siege of Kachoorie, the Allighur assault and the capture of Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. - Montreal Gazette

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Preparations for Jamboo Savari denoting the grand finale of the 10-day-long Dasara festivities is in full swing in Mysore.

The Jamboo Savari, featuring the procession of the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari in a golden howdah (carriage) positioned atop caparisoned elephants, will start at 2.10 pm from the precincts of the Amba Vilas palace on Sunday.

The scion of the Mysore royal family and former member of the parliament, Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, will be the special invitee. - DNAIndia
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Somdev Devvarman, who became the first Indian to win gold in the men's singles tennis at the Common Wealth Games would be given a public reception by the Tripura government and the state tennis association.
Twenty-five-year-old Devvarman belongs to the Tripura's erstwhile royal family. - Hindustan Times
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Palanpur nawab had strengthened Hindu-Muslim bond during Navratri

In 1942 the Nawab of Palanpur HH Talley Mohammad Khan promoted Hindu-Muslim unity in Gujarat performing Prana Pratishta at Ambaji Temple. (Prana Pratishta is a symbolic ritual during installation ceremony of an idol).

The nawab and his family, including his Hindu begum Sukhbai Rajput, princess of Jalore, participated in the festivities. - The Times of India

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Among the various exhibits shown in the Festival Of India exhibitions in USA in 1985, one item that caught the attention of all the viewers was the famous minakar saris of Hyderabad.
The Mughal minakar saris of Hyderabad, belonged to the royal family of the Nizam and his noblemen, the Paigahs, who were not as as rich as the Nizam, but were richer than many other Indian Maharajas.
One must credit the re-discovery of this craft to Jacqueline Kennedy (the wife of late President Kennedy — and one of the Patrons of the Festival of India exhibition of 1985), who saw these saris, when she visited some of her Indian friends from royal families. - Deccan Herald
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Bollywood film star earns praise from Travancore royal - Article
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Wedding of the Crown Prince of Jodhpur

Wedding of Crown Prince Shivraj Singh of Jodhpur to Princess Gayatri Kumari from the royal family of Askot

Duchess of York, Bollywood stars and Indian royals at wedding in desert kingdom - Telegraph


The Duchess of York was among the guests at one of India's most prominent society occasions, as the country's royal families gathered for a lavish wedding.The Maharajah of Jodhpur's only son, Prince Shivraj Singh, 36, long considered India's most eligible bachelor, married Gayatri Kumari, princess of the Himalayan kingdom of Askot. The ceremony in the desert state of Rajasthan was attended by Indian royalty, Bollywood stars and some of the biggest names from the British entertainment world, as well as the king of Bhutan and the former monarch of Nepal.

The wedding ceremony took place on Thursday in the Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, the choice of the bride's family. Prince Shivraj arrived in an open carriage preceded by a colourfully decorated elephant, a troop of horse guards, folk dancers, and a brass band.

The wedding was a reminder of the enduring status of India's royal families, who lost their official status in 1947. Today many are almost as powerful and wealthy as in their heyday, having reinvented themselves as businessmen and politicians, and continue to inspire devotion from many of their former subjects.

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Thanks, frank22!
It is said to be 'the wedding of the year' in India.


But according to this source it was planned on November 18th 2010.
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Nizam's Taj Falaknuma Palace ready to welcome guests

The Taj Falaknuma, palace of the Seventh Nizam, Mehboob Ali Khan, which has now been restored into a luxury hotel, will become operational for guests on November 13.
Mukarram Jah Bahadur, the great grandson of the Seventh Nizam of Hyderabad Mehboob Ali Khan, and chairman of Tata Group Ratan Tata would be among the guests at the inauguration of the Falaknuma, which means mirror image of the sky. - FnBnews.com
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It is said to be 'the wedding of the year' in India.But according to this source it was planned on November 18th 2010.
Why do you say: "was"? They didn't postpone the wedding.
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Why do you say: "was"? They didn't postpone the wedding.
Yes, Biri,
I know this. Frank22 had posted info on November 3rd about the wedding (the post is deleted, and I have quoted it).
My reply was due to the date Frank22 provided.
No changes of the time of wedding, as far as I know.
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Jodhpur Royal Wedding



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Highly anticipated Jaipur wedding tonight - TellyCafe
Jaipur witnesses colourful royal wedding - Gulf News
Photo gallery - AllVoices
Shivraj Singh-Gayatri Kumari's wedding do - Times of India
Pomp and grandeur - DNA

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Jaipur: Almost two decades after the royal wedding of princess Chitrangana of Gwalior to prince of Kashmir Vikramaditya Singh, the spectacle was back in full glory on Thursday at the Rambagh Palace here. Shivraj Singh, crown prince of Jodhpur, married Gayatri Kumari of Askote in Uttarakhand amid much fanfare.

Shivraj Singh, 31, was clad in a glittering robe, achkan, tailored from custom-made fabric. The robe was of a typical traditional Jodhpuri design that was especially revived for the occasion. Customary gold buttons that have been in the family for generations were used on the robe. Across his waist was the traditional cummerbund buckled with the royal crest.

Among the dignitaries were Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Digvijay Singh, former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, former union minister Jaswant Singh, and members of former royal families of Kapurthala, Patiala, Alwar a well as King Wangchuk of Bhutan.
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Rajkot prince brings ‘Star of India’ home

The scion of the erstwhile royal family of Rajkot has given a unique gift to his father Manoharsinh Jadeja on his 75th birthday.A royal family-owned 1934 make Rolls Royce which was sold some 42 years back, has been bought back from Germany and brought to Rajkot. Albeit for a royal sum of Rs3.2 crores! - DNA India
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