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1925 - 1961 Lieutenant-General H.H. Shriman Rajrajeshwar Maharajadhiraj Shri Hari Singhji Indar Mahindar Bahadur, Sipar-i-Sultanat, Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, GCSI (2.1.1933), GCIE (1.3.1929, KCIE 1.1.1918), GCVO (1.1.1946, KCVO 17.3.1922). b. at Amar Mahal, Jammu, 23rd September 1895, only son of General Raja Sir Amar Singh, KCSI, by his first wife, educ. Mayo Coll., Ajmer and with ICC, Dehra Dun. Page-of-Honour to the Viceroy at the Delhi Durbar 1903, C-in-C Kashmir State Forces 1915-1925, Senior and Foreign MSC 1922-1925. Granted the personal title of Raja 20th January 1916. Succeeded on the death of his paternal uncle, 7th September 1925. Ascended the gadi at Srinagar, 14th October 1925. Formally installed at Jammu, 24th February 1926. Hon Capt 19th KGO Lancers IA 27/1/1918, prom Hon Col 23/9/1926, prom Hon Maj-Gen 1/5/1935, and Hon Lieut-Gen 4/7/1941. Hon Col 1/17th Dogra Regt 23/9/1926-1954, Hon Col The Dogra Regiment 17/7/1954-1961, Hon ADC to the King-Emperor George V 17/4/1931-1936, Hon Extra ADC to the King-Emperor George V 23/9/1936-1952, Hon ADC to the Viceroy of India 1917-1918. Mbr. Imperial War Cabinet 1944 -1946. Signed the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India, 26th October 1947. Chancellor Benares Hindu Univ. 1943-1960. Hon. LL.D. (Punjab Univ. 1938). Rcvd: Delhi Durbar silver medals (1903 and 1911), Prince of Wales's Visit (1922), Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron. (1937), 39/45 and Africa stars, British War, India Service (1945) and Indian Independence (1948) medals, GC of the Order of the Crown of Italy (1930), GO of the Order of the Legion of Honour of France (1938). m. (first) at Rajkot, 7th May 1913, Dharampur Rani Shri Lala Kunverba Sahiba (d. during pregnancy, 1915), daughter of Kumar Shri Baldevji Narandevji Sahib, of Achhavani, in Dharampur, by his wife, Bai Shri Sin Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of a bhayad of Chote Udepur. m. (second) at Chamba, 8th November 1915, Chamba Rani Sahiba (d.s.p. 31st January 1920), youngest daughter of H.H. Raja Shri Sir Bhuri Singh, Raja of Chamba, KCSI, KCIE. m. (third) at Dharampur, 30th April 1923, H.H. Maharani Dhanvant Kunveri Baiji Sahib (b. 1910; d.s.p. 19xx), eldest daughter of H.H. Namdar Shrimant Maha Mandaleshwar Maharajadhiraj Maharana Shri Vijayadevji II Dharma Dev Rana Raja, Raja of Dharampur, by his second wife H.H. Rani Shri Mankar Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of Kumar Shri Samantsinhji of Palitana. m. (fourth) 1928 (sep. 1950), H.H. Maharani Tara Devi Sahiba, CI (13.6.1946) (b. at Bijapur, Kangra, 1910; d. at Amar Mahal, Jammu, 1967), educ. privately, rcvd: Silver Jubilee (1935), and Coron (1937) medas, daughter of Thakur Bali Ram Chand Katoch, of Bijapur, in the Kangra district, Punjab. He d. at Hari Bhavan, Bombay, 26th April 1961, having had issue, an only son.
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1961   Major-General H.H. Shriman Rajrajeshwar Maharajadhiraj Shri Karan Singhji [Dr Karan Singh], Indar Mahindar Bahadur, Sipar-i-Sultanat, Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir. b. at Hotel Martinez, Cannes, France, 9th March 1931, only son of Lieutenant-General H.H. Shriman Rajrajeshwar Maharajadhiraj Shri Hari Singhji, Indar Mahindar Bahadur, Sipar-i-Sultanat, Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, by his fourth wife, H.H. Maharani Tara Devi Sahiba, CI, educ. Cathedral High Sch, Bombay, Presentation Convent Sch, Srinagar, the Doon Sch, Dehra Dun, Pratap Coll, Srinagar and Delhi Univ (MA Political Science 1957, PhD). Appointed as Heir Apparent with the title of Yuvaraj Shri Karan Singhji Bahadur, 11th May 1931. Regent 20th June 1949 to 31st October 1956, Sardar-i-Riyasat 1st November 1956 to 9th April 1965, and Governor of the State of Jammu and Kashmir 10th April 1965 to 15th March 1967. Succeeded on the death of his father as Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, 26th April 1961. MP (Lok Sabha) 1967-1980 and 1990, MP (Rajya Sabha) since 1996, Union Minister for Tourism & Civil Aviation 1967-1973, Health & Family Planning 1973-1977, Education & Culture 1979-1980, Ambassador to the USA 1990-1991, Chair Auroville Fndn (with Cabinet status) 1991-1996, MP (Rajya Sabha) since 1996. Cmsnd as 2nd-Lieut Kashmir State Forces 7/10/1939, prom Col 1945, Hon Maj-Gen IA 1/9/1961, Hon Colonel The Jammu and Kashmir Rifles 1962. Author “Towards a New India” (1974), “One Man’s World” (1986), “Essays on Hinduism” (1987), “Autobiography” (1989), “Brief Sojourn” (1991), “Hymn to Shiva and Other Poems” (1991), “Mountain of Shiva” (1994), etc. Chancellor Jammu and Kashmir Univ 1949, Benares Hindu Univ 1963-1967 (Pro-Chancellor 1960-1963), and Jawarharlal Nehru Univ since 1963. Hon. LL.D. (Aligarh Muslim Univ. 1961). Presdt Authors Guild of India, Commonwealth Soc of India, Delhi Music Soc, India International Centre, People’s Cmsn on Environment & Development India, Indian Brd of Wildlife, and Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) since 2005. Chair Central Sanskrit Brd, and The Temple of Understanding. Co-Chair World Cmsn on Global Consciousness & Spirituality, and Indo-French Forum 1997-1999. Vice-Chair Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund. Trustee Green Cross International. Rcvd: Silver Jubilee (1935) and Coron. (1937) medals, Padma Vibushan (25.1.2005). m. at Cutch Castle, Bombay 5th March1956, H.H. Maharani Asha Devi Sahiba (b. at Katmandu, Nepal, 9th January 1937; d. at New Delhi, 25th May 2009), née Yasho Rajya Laxmi Kumari Devi, educ. (BA), Chair Kashmir Social Welfare Brd (1955), Presdt Delhi Hospital Welfare Soc, Delhi Soc. for the Welfare of Mentally Retarded Children (1968), etc, younger daughter of General Supradipta-Manyabara-Nepal-Tara Jyotirmaya-Subikhyat-Tri-Shakti-Patta Suprasidha-Prasidha-Pravala-Gorkha Dakshina-Bahu Maharaj Kumar Sharada Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana, sometime Minister for Education in Nepal, by his second wife, Rani Bina Rajya Laxmi Kumari Devi. He had issue, two sons and one daughter:
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