Ratlam State

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Ratlam State
रत्लाम
Princely State
1652–1948

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History
 -  Established 1652
 -  Independence of India 1948
Area
 -  1901 1,795 km2 (693 sq mi)
Population
 -  1901 83,773 
Density 46.7 /km2  (120.9 /sq mi)
Ratlam (Princely State)
Gen. Remington, Sir Partab Singh, & the Rajah of Ratlam riding in France Linghem

Ratlam State [1] was a princely state in British India, part of the Malwa Agency of Central India.

On 5 January 1819 Ratlam State became a British protectorate. Its last ruler signed the accession to the Indian Union on 15 June 1948.[2]

History[edit]

The first Ruler was the Maharaja Ratan Singh, he married 12 wives, among others, Maharani Sukhroopde Kanwar Shekhawat Ji Sahiba, daughter of Kunwar Purshottam Das of Jhajhar (Shekhawati) in Rajasthan. She committed sati in 1658. The state had an area of 1795 sq. km, which was closely interlaced with the territory of the princely State of Sailana. In 1901, the state had a population of 83,773; the town of Ratlam had a population of 36,321. The state enjoyed an estimated revenue of Rs.34,000 and paid a tribute of Rs.2,850. The town was a junction on the Rajputana-Malwa Railway, and was an important trade centre, especially of opium.

Ratlam was initially held by its chiefs in vassalage to the Sindhia rulers of Gwalior State, but in 1819, an arrangement was made by which the Sindhia engaged never to send any troops into the country or to interfere with the internal administration, and in 1861 the tribute was assigned to the British government in part payment of the Gwalior contingent.

Rulers[edit]

For a long period the Ratlam region was under rule of the Rathors. The rulers were Suryavanshi Rathore to which Maharaja of Jodhpur State, Bikaner State and Kishangarh State belonged.

Rajas[edit]

  • 1695 - 1706 Chhatrasal (d. 1712) (personal style Maharaja)
  • 1706 - Feb 1716 Keshri Singh (d. 1716)
  • Feb 1716 - 1716 Pratap Singh (d. 1716)
  • 1716 - 1743 Man Singh (d. 1743)
  • 1743 - 1773 Prithvi Singh (d. 1773)
  • 1773 - 1800 Padam Singh (b. 17.. - d. 1800)
  • 1800 - 1825 Parbat Singh (d. 1825)
  • 1825 - 29 Aug 1857 Balwant Singh (b. 1814 - d. 1857)
  • 1825 – c.1832 Borthwick –Regent
  • 29 Aug 1857 - 27 Jan 1864 Bhairon Singh (b. 1839 - d. 1864)
  • 27 Jan 1864 - 20 Jan 1893 Ranjit Singh (b. 1860 - d. 1893) (from 15 Feb 1887, Sir Ranjit Singh)
  • 27 Jan 1864 - 1 Jan 1880 Khan Bahadur Mir Shahamat Ali -Regent
  • 20 Jan 1893 - 1 Jan 1921 Sajjan Singh (b. 1880 - d. 1947)
  • 20 Jan 1893 - 15 Dec 1898 Khan Bahadur Cursetji (b. 18.. - d. 1903) Rustamji -Regent

Maharajas[edit]

  • 1 Jan 1921 - 3 Feb 1947 Sajjan Singh (s.a.)
  • 3 Feb 1947 - 15 Aug 1947 Lokendra Singh (b. 1927 - d. 1991)

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References[edit]

Coordinates: 23°19′N 75°04′E / 23.32°N 75.07°E / 23.32; 75.07