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The Jhala Dynasty

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1954 - [2007] Captain H.H. Maharana Raj Shri Pratapsinhji Sahib, Maharana Raj Sahib of Wankaner. b. at the Zenana Palace, Wankaner, 12th April 1907, eldest son of Captain H.H. Maharana Raj Shri Sir Amarsinhji Sahib, Maharana Raj Sahib of Wankaner, KCSI, KCIE, by his second wife, Rajkotewala Maharani Shri Devkunverba Sahiba, educ. Rajkumar Coll., Rajkot, Cheltenham Coll., Gloucestershire, and Cambridge Univ. Officer-in-charge of the Revenue Dept. 1929-1931, and he Treasury Office 1931-1932. Succeeded on the death of his father, 28th June 1954. Ascended the gadi at Ranjit Vilas Palace, Wankaner, 30th June 1954. Hon. Capt. IA. The GOI amended the Indian Constitution to remove his position as a "ruler" and his right to receive privy-purse payments, 28th December 1971. Chair. Rajkumar College (Rajkot) Governing Brd. 2001-2007 (Mbr. 1956-2007), Founder Mbr. Cricket Club of India (Bombay), Mbr. Bombay Natural History Soc., etc. Rcvd: Silver Jubilee (1935) and Coron. (1937) medals, and the Sri Saktimat Makhapraphulla Order of Jhalavad 1st class (27.4.2006). m. at Dungarpur, 5th February 1929, H.H. Sisodiji Maharani Sri Rama Kanwar Sahiba (b. at Dungarpur, 20th February 1911; d. at Ranjit Vilas Palace, Wankaner, 10th February 1991), eldest daughter of H.H. Rai-i-Rayan, Mahimahendra, Maharajadhiraj Maharawal Shri Sir Bijaya Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharawal of Dungarpur, KCIE, by his first wife, H.H. Maharani Bapu Devendra Kunwarji Sahiba, eldest daughter of H.H. Bharat Dharma Nidhi Raja Shrimant Sir Jaswant Singhji Bahadur, Raja of Sailana, KCIE, KIH. He d. at Wankaner, before 4th June 2007, having had issue, two sons and three daughters:
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[2007] H.H. Maharana Raj Shri Digvijaysinhji Jhala [Dr Digvijay Sinh] Sahib, Maharana Raj Sahib of Wankaner. b. at Ranjit Vilas Palace, Wankaner, 20th August 1932, elder son of Captain H.H. Maharana Raj Shri Pratapsinhji Sahib, Maharana Raj Sahib of Wankaner, by his wife, H.H. Sisodiji Maharani Sri Rama Kanwar Sahiba, educ. Rajkumar Coll., Rajkot, Cambridge Univ. (BA), and St Stephen's Coll., Delhi Univ. (PhD). Became Heir Apparent at birth, with the title of Yuvraj Sahib. MLA for Wankaner in the Gujarat state assembly 1962-1971, MP (Lok Sabha) for Surendranagar 1980-1989, Union Dep. Minister for Ecology and the Environment 1982-1984. Succeeded on the death of his father as Head of the Royal House of Wankaner, before 4th June 2007. Convenor Indian Heritage Hotels Assoc. (Gujarat Chapter), Chair. Gujarat Hotels Assoc., Presdt. Wankaner Co-op Agricultural Bank Ltd 1962-1964, Family Planning Assoc. of India (Rajkot) since 1979, Gujarat Kaykaing and Canoeing Assoc., Indian Land Sailing Assoc. (ILSA), and Rajkumar Coll. (Rajkot) Old Boys' Assoc. since 2004. Dir. Shree Amarsinhji Mills Ltd since 1960, and India Tourism Dvpt. Corp. (ITDC) 1968-1982. Founder Mbr. Indigenous Horse Soc. of India 1999. Mbr. Gujarat State Water Pollution Control Brd. since 1976, National Cttee. for Environmental Planning since 1981, etc. m. (first) at Alwar, 20th April 1955 (div.), Maharajkumari Baiji Lal Pratap Kumari Sahiba, eldest daughter of Colonel H.H. Raj Rishi Shri Sawai Maharaja Sir Tej Singhji Veerendra Shiromani Dev Bharat Prabhakar Bahadur, Maharaja of Alwar, KCSI, by his wife, H.H. Maharani Shri Chand Kunwar Baiji Lal Sahiba, eldest daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Maharaj Shri Akhai Singhji Sahib, of Raoti, in Jodhpur. m. (second) 1982, H.H. Maharani Sri Vibhakumari Sahiba [Vibha Singh] (b. 1948), sometime fashion model and advertising executive in New York, Mbr. Manavadhikar Samajik Manch, etc. He has issue, an only son by his second wife:
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