|Maharaja Gaj Singh II|
|Titular Maharaja of Jodhpur|
|Head of the House of Rathore|
|Tenure||26 January 1952 – present|
|Predecessor||Hanwant Singh I|
|Heir apparent||Shivraj Singh|
|Titular Maharaja of Jodhpur|
|Tenure||26 January 1952 – 5 November 1971|
|Predecessor||Hanwant Singh I|
|Successor||Rajkumar Shivraj Singh|
|Born||13 January 1948|
Jodhpur, Jodhpur State, India
|Issue|| Shivranjani Rajye |
|Father||Maharaja Hanwant Singh I of Jodhpur|
|Mother||Princess Krishna Kumari of Dhrangadhra|
HH Maharaja Gaj Singh ji (born 13 January 1948) is an Indian politician who served as a member of the Indian parliament and High Commissioner of India. He was the titular Maharaja of Jodhpur from 1952 until the royal powers, privileges and privy purses were abolished by twenty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution of India (effective since 5 November 1971.)
Gaj Singh is the son of Maharaja Hanwant Singh of Jodhpur by his first wife, Maharani Krishna Kumari of Dhrangadhra. He succeeded to the titles and dignities of his father when only four years of age, in 1952, when his father died suddenly in a plane crash. He was enthroned shortly afterwards.
The infant and his siblings were raised by their mother, Rajmata Krishna Kumari. At the age of eight, Gaj Singh was sent first to Cothill House, a prep school in Oxfordshire, England, and then to Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford, where he obtained a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.
Singh's full title as Maharaja was His Highness Raj Rajeshwar Saramad-i-Raja-i-Hind Maharajadhiraja Maharaja Shri Gaj Singhji II Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Marwar. And popularly known as 'Bapji' by general public of Marwar
In 1970, Gaj Singh returned to Jodhpur to take up his duties as Maharaja of Jodhpur. In 1973, he married Hemalata Rajye, daughter of the Raja of Poonch, a major feudatory state of Kashmir State and his wife Nalini Rajya Lakshmi Devi, a daughter of King Tribhuvan of Nepal and Queen Ishwari Rajya Lakshmi Devi. They are the parents of two children, being:
In 1971, the constitution of India was amended. On 5 November 1971, the Maharaja and other princes were deprived of their privy purses, the government annuities that had been guaranteed to them both in the constitution and in the covenants of accession whereby their states were merged with the Dominion of India in the 1940s, with the enactment of the amendment. The same amendment also deprived them of other privileges, such as diplomatic immunity.In the Constitution of India promulgated in 1971, the Government of India abolished all official symbols of princely India, including titles, privileges, and remuneration (privy purses).
Later, Gaj Singh served as Indian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago.[ citation needed ] He also served a term in the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian Parliament.[ citation needed ]
On 20 July 1992, he founded a day-cum-residential girls' school named Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls' Public School, named after his mother.[ citation needed ]
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