Wednesday, August 19, 2009
HH Maharana Maharaja Shri Raj MAYURDHWAJSINHJI MEGHRAJJI III GHANSHYAMSINHJI Sahib (1942- Adjitniwas Palace, Dhrangadhra - 363310, Gujarat, India,born 6rd March 1923, member of the Standing Committee of the Chamber of Princes from 1945 to 1947, and in 1945 was the prime mover of the Saurashtra States Confederation Scheme which he carried in the meeting of the States-General in 1946. On 10 May 1947 he became the first Ruler in Western India to join the Constituent Assembly of India, to which he was nominated in 1948. On the establishment of the United State of Kathiawar (Saurashtra) in 1948, he was installed as Uprajpramukh, and he served as Acting Rajpramukh during the absences of the Rajpramukh. In 1952 he resigned as Uprajpramukh and entered Christ Church, Oxford, where he read philosophy for six years. He also studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing. After returning to India from Oxford, Meghrâjjî was President of the Jodhpur Regency Council from 1965 to 1968. In 1967 he was elected to the Gujarat Legislative Assembly from the Dhragadhra Constituency. He resigned the same year on his election to the Fourth Lok Sabha as MP for Jhalava, which seat he held until 1970. He was the main Opposition speaker against allowing Parliament the power to abridge fundamental Constitutional rights, and introduced his own Bill for allowing a plebiscite when the question of abridgement arose. From 1967 to 1971 he was the Intendant General of the Concord of Princes which was set up to safeguard the rights and privileges of the Princes granted under the Indian Constitution, he led the opposition to the abrogation of the Rulers’ covenanted rights and Constitutional guarantees. He married 3rd March 1943 at Jodhpur, HH Maharani Shri Brijraj Kumari Sahiba of Jodhpur, and has issue.
Yuvraj Maharajkumar Shri Sodhsalji Mayurdhwajsinhji Jhala [Shatrujit Dev Sahib], born 22nd March 1944, Tikaraj Sahib [cr.1961], married 1stly, 6th May 1970, Yuvrani Saviti Devi [née Shahnoor Begum] of Palanpur, born 16th November 1941, died 8th September 1983, married 2ndly, 21st September 1986, Yuvrani Aysha Devi [née Yashwant Kumari Shekhawat], born 1st December 1948, and has issue.
Privy Purse: 390,000R
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