The Temples of Kuwaraniji
|His Highness Maharaja Bhanu Prakash Singhji
MAHARAJA BHANU PRAKASH
SINGHJI (1957) Son of Maharaj Prabhunath Singhji, uncle of Maharaja Sir
Vikram Singhji, was born in June 1929 and adopted by his late Highness
Maharaja Sir Vikram Singhji in the year 1942. He succeeded to the gadi
in 1957. He was educated at the Mayo College Ajmer, Daly College Indore
and St. John’s College Agra.
married Princess Lakshmi Kumariji of Bikaner daughter of Maharaj Kumar
Bijai Singhji and the grand daughter of General His Highness Maharaja
Sir Ganga Singhji of Bikaner, one of the most outstanding Rulers of his
time in the country. He has five sons -
Yuvraj Shiladitya Singh
Maharaj Kumar Rajyavardhan Singh
Maharaj Kumar Giri Ratna Singh
Maharaj Kumar Bhagyaditya Singh
Maharaj Kumar Yashovardhan Singh
and an adopted daughter - Kumari Mrigendra Kumari, daughter of his
sister. Princess Mrigendra Kumari is married to Thakur Narendra Singhji
of Bhikamkor in Rajasthan. She has one son Janmejay and a daughter
Kumari who is married to Rajkumar Manvendra Singh of Uniara
(Rajasthan). Kamayani Kumari has one daughter Bhanwarbai Saheba
politics in 1962 and fought the general election as an Independent
candidate and won both, the Assembly seat from Narsinghgarh and the
Rajgarh Lok Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh. He resigned the Narsinghgarh
Assembly seat and retained the Lok Sabha
He offered his Narsinghgarh
assembly seat to Dr. Kailash Nath Katju, the then Chief Minister of
Madhya Pradesh, who lost his assembly election from Jaora and got him
elected from Narsinghgarh on a Congress ticket. Thereafter he played a
key role in making and unmaking Chief Ministers in Madhya Pradesh
and played an important part at the national level from
1962 to 1970. He joined the Congress Party in 1964 and was appointed
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Communications in 1966 by
late Prime Minister Shrimati Indira Gandhi.
was no college in Narsinghgarh before 1962. He donated his Arjun Niwas
Palace, built on Rajput style in red stone and marble for this purpose
and today post-graduate classes are being held in Arts, Science and
Commerce faculties in this palace.
Re - Organisation of States - 1956
When the State Reorganisation Commission (SRC) was constituted by the
Government of India in 1953,
his was the only report submitted to the States Re-organization
commission (SRC) recommending Bhopal as the Capital and the suggested
boundaries of the new State of Madhya Pradesh were closest to the
present geo-formation of the State.
Bhopal - Ramganj Mandi Railway line
He was one of the main initiator for the construction of the new railway
line between Bhopal and Ramganj Mandi (Rajasthan) via Narsinghgarh -
Biaora - Rajgarh - Jhalawar since the formation of the state of Madya
Bharat in 1948. He has been constantly puting his efforts with the
various party Govts.at the Center to start the construction work on this
line. It was only in the 9th decade of the 20th century that the
centeral Govt. provided the budgetary allocation to start the work on
this approximately 300 Km. long railway project. This would reduce the
present distance between Kota and Bhopal via Nagda - Ujjain by 136 Km.
and would also provide an allternate route to the South.
NATIONAL HIGHWAY NO 12.
The Jaipur–Jabalpur National Highway No. 12 via
Bhopal was entirely his concept. His original suggestion to the State
and Central Governments was to connect Jaipur with Nagpur via Bhopal,
but the Madhya Pradesh Govt. later modified the proposal and recommended
to the Central Government to divert it from Obaidullaganj near Bhopal
to Jabalpur instead of Nagpur.
In the fourth general elections in February
1967 he won from Sidhi Lok Sabha seat on Congress ticket and in March
1967 was appointed a deputy Minister by Smt. Indira Gandhi in the
Ministry of Industrial Development, Internal Trade and Company Affairs.
In 1970 he was appointed in the Ministry of Petroleum and Chemicals and
Mines and Metals.
He is widely traveled in
Europe, USA, the Middle East, South and South East Asia and the Far
East and was a delegate from India to the World Conference of the
Working People’s Socialist Union in Belgrade in 1966. He was the Leader
of the Indian Delegation to the Second Session of the United Nations
Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) held at Vienna in April,
1968. He paid official visits to Iran, Bulgaria and Rumania in 1969 and
in the same year led the official Indian Delegation for Small Scale
Industries to Japan.
MARUTI CAR PROJECT
It was entirely due to his efforts as Minister
that the Maruti Car could come on the Indian roads which opened the
flood gates for other cars in India.
RESIGNATION FROM MINISTERSHIP
He resigned from the Central Government on 1st
September, 1970 on the Privy Purse and Privileges Issue of the Princes
when the Govt. brought the 24th Amendment 1970 in Parliament to amend
the Constitution in September 1970. He was mainly responsible for the
Government to be defeated on the issue and as a result the Indian
Parliament was dissolved for the first time for the mid-term polls by
Shrimati Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India.
According to the Twenty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution 1971
only the Privy Purses and the Privileges of the Rulers of the former
Indian States were abolished. Titles were not abolished in the said
Amendment. Titles alone do not carry any privileges or rights or
obligations with them. It was the Rulership that carried the Privy
Purses and the Privileges. Hence the Rulership was abolished. For
example the Zamindars in the former British Indian Provinces had titles
of Raja, Maharaja, Maharajadhiraj and Nawab. Similarly the Jagirdars in
the former Princely States also had the titles of Raja, Rao, Thakur etc.
They had neither Privy Purses nor Privileges like the Rulers of former
Bir Singh Deo Bundela of Orchha was the first Ruler in India who
received the tittle of the "Maharaja" from the Mughal Emperor Jahangir
on March 12, 1623 AD. Earlier to this the Hindu Rulers were called
Rajas. A few among them were also known as Ranas, Rawals, Raos, &
Rawats. After the death of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and before the
British Government, under Queen Victoria, took over the reigns of the
administration of India from the East-India Company certain Rulers
assumed the tittle of Maharana, Maharawal, Maharao and Maharawat &
even that of the Maharaja. The later Mughals & afterwards the
British Government before independence of India in 1947, conferred
higher tittles on some Rulers than what they were enjoying at that time.
When the Zamindaris and Jagirs were resumed by the respective
State Governments their titles were not abolished. During the British
Rule in India the British Govt. conferred upon the then Agha Khan Sir
Sultan Mohomed Shah G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E. the title of His Highness and a
salute of 11 guns. Neither the title nor the gun salute gave him any
Privileges. Whatever Privileges, if any, he enjoyed were by virtue of
his being the head of the Ismailia community. Prior to Independence of
India the British Govt. conferred the titles of Rai Saheb, Rao Bahadur
and Khan Saheb and Khan Bahadur on eminent Indian citizens but these
honors also did not carry any Privileges. Similarly, many family members
of the Kings and Queens of the former Kingdoms of Europe are still
known as Princes and Princesses though they do not enjoy any Privileges.
There is no mention of the word "Titles" anywhere
in the entire 26th Amendment 1971. Only the words Privy Purses and
Privileges rights and obligations are mentioned. It was a shrewd
political vote -bank interpretation of the Congress Govt. of Smt.
Indira Gandhi by addressing the former Rulers as 'Mr. and Shri'. This
misconception is still prevailing in the governmental and
nongovernmental circles throughout the country. To connect titles to
Rulership is a total misconception because many title holders did not
have any Ruling powers whereas only the former Rulers had the full
powers to rule their States. Therefore, the Govt. of India had the
treaties of merger with the former Rulers to merge their respective
States into India after independence and the Privy Purses and
Privileges were given to them under these treaties.
The media and other agencies erroneously refer to
the former Rulers as the former Maharajas of the princely States. That
means the princely States exixt but the Maharajas don’t. The correct
form of address ought to be e.g. the Maharaja of former Jodhpur State.
The Maharaja is a human being. The State was a geographical unit that
merged with the Indian Union, another geographical unit. How can a human
being merge with a geographical unit.
Though Smt. Indira Gandhi got a good success in the
mid term poll in 1971 in the former British Indian Provinces but in the
former Princely State territories where the former Rulers, their
family members and relatives stood for the election all of them won
except three. Nearly 50% territory of the present Union of India
consists of the former Princely States.
Maharaja Bhanu Prakash Singh was appointed as
Secretary to the Central Citizens Council in 1966. He was also Convener
of the Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress, which he resigned on his
appointment as the Parliamentary Secretary. He had been the Convener of
the Madhya Pradesh Rashtra Bhasha Prachar Samiti and President of the
All India Rajput Parishad. He was President of the Board of Governors of
the Daly College Indore, one of the premier Public Schools of India,
consecutively for 9 years, a record from 1971-1980.
He is the first student of the Mayo College
Ajmer and Daly College, Indore to become the first Union Minister in the
Govt. of Prime Minister Shrimati Indira Gandhi in 1967; and also the
first Governor of a State from these Alma Maters. The Rajpramukhs were a
historical legacies. He was the second Ruling Prince to become Union
Minister in 1967 after Maharaja Dr. Karan Singhji of Jammu &
GOVERNER OF GOA STATE
He was appointed as the Governor of Goa and
Administrator of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli on 18th
March, 1991. As the Governor of Goa his firm stand
against the attitude of the then Chief Minister
and the stand of the Archbishop of Goa, for not agreeing to allow the
construction of the KOKAN RAILWAY PROJECT through the state of Goa, was
responsible for the completion of the Kokan railway in the Goa sector
which reduced the distance between Mumbai and Manglore by 1100
and the traveling time from Delhi to Goa from 42
hours to 25 & half hours. He threatened the
Minister with dismissal and conveyed his strong
displeasure to the Archbishop not to meddle in the
development activities of the State and remain
his religious matters. The Archbishop apparently
to desist from meddling in the Konkan Railway
the Chief Minister remained hostile. He
dismissed the then Chief Minister
of Goa, Dr. Wilfred D'Souza and installed Shri
Ravi Naik as the new Chief Minister without consulting New Delhi - an
act not performed by any
Governor since the Independence of India. The
Congress Party and the Government at the Centre
got greatly perturbed and panicky over his action.
was a sharp difference of opinion between the then
President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma and
Prime Minister Sh. P. V. Narsimha Rao over the
the Governor. The President was in favour of the
Governor's action. Sensing the gravity of the
New Delhi; and before the Central Government could
arrive at a decision, he resigned on the 4th April 1994 from the Governorship of Goa and saved the President of India from embarrassment.
Maharaja Bhanu Prakash Singh is interested in
Sports, particularly hockey and cricket. He is a lover of wild life and
has been a keen Shikari in his earlier days.
His Highness Maharaja Bhanu Prakash Singhji is keenly involved in the welfare of KSHATRIYAS
on the national basis. He remained Presedent of Akhil Bharitya
Kshartiya Mahasabha and launched PRATAP JYOTI YATRA from Chittorgarh
(Rajasthan) on 31st Auguest 2003, a nation wide awareness
campaign launched to re-kindle the spirit of nationalism and patriotism
and also to spread the ideals of Great Maharana Pratap. This yatra covered 19 states of India and envoked great interest among the masses. He is Chief Patron of Sanyukta Kshatriya Mahasang, the apex body of Kshatriyas in India.
On June 17, 2007 he presided over the commemorative celebrations of the 468th
birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap organized by the State Government
of Punjab at Pathankot. Sardar Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of
Punjab, laid the foundation stone of the
equestrian statue of the Great Maharana Pratap as Chief Guest of the
He is the Chief Patron of the CENTRAL ASSOCIATION
OF PRIVATE SECURITY INDUSTRY (CAPSI) a national organization
representing guarding companies employing 5 million Security Guargs
& Officers and having tournover of 22000 Crores. He is also Chief
Patron of ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE DETECTIVES OF INDIA (APDI).