The Last Maharani of Gwalior: An Autobiography

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SUNY Press, Sep 1, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 279 pages
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This is a description of contemporary India and some of its recent history in the form of an autobiography. Rajmata Scindia is a member of the Indian Parliament. As a maharani she had thousands of servants and several enormous palaces. Since Independence, which marked the end of the supremacy of the Maharajas, she has emerged as one of India’s most popular political leaders, first with the Congress party and now with the opposition. Her appeal to the masses, who see her as an image of Mother India, amazes both her admirers and her critics.
  

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Contents

Grandfather Kbadga
3
J Become a Ward
15
My Grandmother
21
My First Proposal
29
Going to College
38
Marriage Talks
46
The Dictates of Destiny
55
J Meet the Maharaja
62
My Husband
131
Life as a Maharani
143
Integration
159
The Clocks are Silenced
171
The Politician
181
The Tragedy of Bastar
183
Toppling
191
Derecognition of the Princes
204

The Scindias
69
Mahadji Scindia
71
Daulatrao Scindia
77
Jayajirao Scindia
86
The Building of the Palaces
95
My FatherinLaw Madhavrao Scindia
105
The Maharani of Gwalior
129
A State of Emergency
215
A Guest of the Government
229
Prisoner No 2265
242
The Parting of the Ways
252
Postscript
269
Index
275
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