What happened to Rajaes in India and British property after Indian independence?

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  1. masterofsea

    masterofsea Regular Member

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    There were many Raja in India.After independence,did their monarchy and property were deprived?What their descendants do now?What is their economic and politics position in India.
    How Indian people deal with British property after independence.Did thier be nationalized?
     
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    RPK Indyakudimahan Senior Member

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    Flint Senior Member Senior Member

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    From what I know, they were allowed to keep one property and surrender the rest to the government. Also, their privy purses and other privileges, including titles, were revoked.
     
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    Daredevil On Vacation! Administrator

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    There was no british property, it was Indian property. The property like building and lands of princes' was either nationalized or redistributed.
     
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    On accession by a princely state, its territories and administrations merged into the Union of India. The rulers of the princely states were allowed to retain their hereditary titles and official residences. Depending upon their size, importance and revenue they were also allowed to retain additional properties and given privy purses (in compensation of the state's revenue which now would go the new Union). On abolition of the privy purse (and the right to the hereditary titles) by the government in 1975 the princely states ceased to exist as recognised political entities.
    Mohammed Abdul Ali Azim Jah, the former Prince of Arcot, is the only former royal in India who was not affected by the abolition of privy purses. In the order of precedence, he enjoys the rank of cabinet minister of the state of Tamil Nadu.
    The former Nawab hails from a family that traces its lineage back to the second caliph, Umar ibn al-Khattāb. The title 'Prince of Arcot', uniquely using the European style prince, was conferred on his ancestor by the British government in 1870 after the post of Nawab of the Carnatic (a title granted by the Mughal emperor) was abolished.
    Former states sometimes still maintain and observe their ceremonies, forms of address etc. either as family traditions or as popular folk-customs. For example, processions during the popular Gangaur festival in Jaipur begin, as per tradition, from the City Palace, which remains the private residence of its former royal family.
    Devgadh Baria was one of the princely states in western India which is planned on European town planning principles along with controlled architectural character at selected junctions in the town. The town is surrounded by about 250 mt high hills on three sides which dominate its skyline.
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