Who's Who in India Supplement 2 (1914)/Bam Bahadur Shah

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Bam Bahadur Shah, Rai Bahadur, Kunwar — of the Khairigarh estate in the District of Kheri, United Provinces, born in Samvat 1925 (1868 A.D.), belongs to the ruling family of the above estate which traces its descent from the Suryavanshi Rajput Kings who ruled over Ajodhia (Oudh) in ancient times. A detailed account of the family history will be found on page 88, Part IV of the principal work under Rani Surat Kumar of Singhai. Kunwar Bam Bahadur Shah received his education in the Canning College, Lucknow where, as a student, he had a bright career. After completing his education he returned to his estate where he has been helping the Rani in the administration ever since. He is also an Honorary Magistrate exercising jurisdiction within the limits of the Khairigarh estate situated within police circles Nighasan, Palia and Dhaurahra and sitting at Singhai. His services have been highly spoken of from time to time by Government Officers. Apart from his administrative capabilities, the Kunwar Sahib is a well-known figure in the sporting world of the United Provinces especially in the direction of shooting big game such as tiger, etc. He is wonderfully smart in organizing big shoots and his name has become synonymous with successful shooting trips. His presence of mind at critical moments in tiger shooting has saved many a life. In every public movement in support of a good cause his sympathies have been genuine and practical. He has a very wide circle of friends by whom he is held in great esteem. His generosity in befriending the needy and the distressed is well-known. On the occasion of the visit of His Royal Highness Prince George of Wales (now King-Emperor) to Lucknow, in 1906, he was introduced to the Royal personage who presented him a medal as a mark of his pleasure and good wishes. He has travelled extensively all over India and has been to Europe also; consequently his knowledge of the world is very vast. In social matters, he holds the views of the enlightened section of the people. Not only he holds those views but translates them into practice whenever occasion demands it. In recognition of his public services the title of Rai Bahadur, as a personal distinction, was conferred on him in December, 1911, on the occasion of the Delhi Durbar. Address : Singhai Estate, Kheri District, United Provinces.

DUNGARPUR.—His Highness Rai Rayan Maharawal Sri Sir Bejey Singh Bahadur, K. C. I. E., Maharawal of—a Ruling Chief, was born on July 17th, 1887, and educated at the Mayo College, Ajmer; he succeeded to the gaddi on February 13th, 1898, and was invested with full ruling powers in 1909. A brief history of the State and the ruling family appeared in the Principal work. Part I, pages 91 and 92. The Maharawal was made a Knight Commander of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire in June, 1912. Address : Dungarpur, Rajputana.

DEWAS.—(Junior Branch) His Highness Raja Malhar Rao Powar, Raja of—born on 18th August 1877, was adopted by his uncle, the late chief, in January, 1892, and installed on the gaddi the same year. His Highness was very carefully educated at the Daly College, Indore, and was formally invested with powers in November, 1897. Since his assumption of ruling powers he has been governing his State wisely and well and doing much to improve the condition of his subjects. He was granted the K.-I.-H. Gold Medal in June, 1912. His Highness maintains a military force of 79 cavalry, 166 Infantry and 9 guns and is entitled to a salute of 15 guns. A brief account of the Dewas State, both the Senior and the Junior branches, appeared in the Principal work, pages 37-38, Part I. Address : Dewas, Junior Branch.