Lakshman Singh (
7 March 1908- 6 June 1989) was the last ruling Maharawal (Maharaja) of the princely stateof Dungarpurfrom 1918 to 1989, a former MP in the Rajya Sabhaand speaker of the Rajasthan Legislative Assemblyfrom July1977 to June1979.
Maharawal Sir Lakshman Singh was born on
7 March 1908at Udai Villas, Dungarpur, the eldest son and heir apparent of Maharawal Sir Bijaya Singh of the princely stateof Dungarpur. He succeeded to the throne in 1918 at the age of 10 following the death of his father, ruling under the regencyof the Dungarpur political agentuntil he came of age in 1928.
From 1931 to 1947, Lakshman Singh was a member of the standing committee of the
Chamber of Princes, and was knightedin 1935. Following Independence, he established an interim legislature for Dungarpur, then with his fellow rulers formed the United State of Rajasthanon 25 March 1948. Tbe following year, this became the Greater Rajasthan Union to which Dungarpur acceeded on 30 March. From 1952 to 1958, Sir Lakshman served as an MP for Aspur in the Rajya Sabha, then became President of the Swatantra Partyin Rajasthan from 1961 to 1969. From 1962 until his death, he also served as President of the All-India Kshatriya Mahasabha and as an MLCfor Chittorin the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, serving as speaker from 1977 to 1979; he also served as the leader of the Opposition from 1962 to 1979.
8 February 1920at Benares, Lakshman Singh married Biswanji Maharani Shri Brijraj Kunwari Ba Sahiba of Bhinga (1907-1982); the couple had two daughters. On 8 March 1928, he married Rathorji Maharani Shri Manhar Kunwar Ba Sahiba of Kishangarh(1914-1975); the couple had three sons and two daughters.
Despite being officially deprived of his titles as a monarch by the
Indira Gandhigovernment in 1971, Sir Lakshman continued to serve in politics to the end of his days. He died while in office at his birthplace, Udai Villas at Dungarpur, on 6 June 1989after a reign of 71 years, aged 81. At the time of his death he was also the second-to-last surviving Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire( Chithira Thirunalof Travancorewould die two years later). Lakshman Singh was succeeded as titular Maharawal of Dungarpur by his eldest son, Mahipal Singh II.
Maharajkumar ShriLakshman Singh Sahib Bahadur, Yuvarajaof Dungarpur
His HighnessRai-i-Rayan, Mahimahendra, MaharajadhirajMaharawal ShriLakshman Singh Sahib Bahadur, Maharawal of Dungarpur
His HighnessRai-i-Rayan, Mahimahendra, MaharajadhirajMaharawal Shri SirLakshman Singh Sahib Bahadur, Maharawal of Dungarpur, KCSI
His HighnessRai-i-Rayan, Mahimahendra, MaharajadhirajMaharawal Shri SirLakshman Singh Sahib Bahadur, Maharawal of Dungarpur, GCIE, KCSI
King George V Silver Jubilee Medal-1935
Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India(KCSI)-1935
King George VI Coronation Medal-1937
*Indian Independence Medal-1947
Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire(GCIE)-1947
[http://www.4dw.net/royalark/India/dungarpur4.htm Detailed biography]
* [http://rajassembly.nic.in/sp-photo.htm Page including a photo of Laxman Singh]
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