Tej Singh Prabhakar

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Sir Tej Singh Prabhakar KCSI (17 March 1911 – 15 February 2009) was the last ruling Maharaja of Alwar. A remotely related cousin of the previous ruler, Sir Jai Singh, he was selected by the British to rule Alwar, as Sir Jai Singh had been deposed by them for gross misconduct and cruelty. Although Sir Tej (he had been knighted in 1943) proved to be a far more effective and popular ruler than had Sir Jai, he only ruled for a decade, from 1937-1947, before the coming of Indian independence in 1947. Loyal to the British administration, he strongly disliked the rise of the Congress Party. Following the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, Delhi authorities arrested Sir Tej on the contentious charges of having been involved in the assassination plot. Alwar was taken over by government officials, and the palace was searched for signs of "hidden treasure," while Sir Tej himself was detained in Delhi.

In 1948, Alwar merged with other Eastern Rajputana princely states to form the Matsya Union; the union merged into that of Greater Rajasthan the following year. After 1948, Sir Tej retired to his Delhi residence, Alwar House, where he lived for the next six decades, visiting his former kingdom but rarely.

Sir Tej was formally stripped of his titles in 1971 as part of the mass derecognisation of the royal families. During the Indian Emergency, tax inspectors under the Indira Gandhi regime forcibly searched the Alwar palaces. In one of those searches in 1976, Sir Tej's eldest son and heir was mysteriously killed.

Sir Tej died at Alwar House, New Delhi on 15 February 2009, a month shy of his 98th birthday. He was cremated at Delhi. At his death, he was one of the last surviving princely rulers of the old Indian Empire and was the last living member of the Order of the Star of India. He was succeeded as pretender Maharaja of Alwar by his grandson, Jitendra Pratap Singh.

Personal life[edit]

In 1931, Sir Tej Singh (then Tej Singh), married Her Highness Maharani Shri Chand Kanwarji Sahiba of Jodhpur (d. 1998). The couple had two sons and three daughters:

  • 1. Yuvraj Shri Pratap Singh (17 June 1938-27 March 1976). Killed under mysterious circumstances at Alwar during the Indian Emergency. Married on 26 April 1962 at Bundi Yuvrani Mahendra Kumari Sahiba, MP (6 February 1942-27 June 2002), and had one son and one daughter:
    • Yuvraj Shri Jitendra Pratap Singh Sahib (12 June 1971-), who succeeded as HH Raj Rishi Shri Sawai Maharaja Jitendra Pratap Singh Veerendra Shiromani Dev Bharat Prabhakar Bahadur, Maharaja of Alwar upon his grandfather's death on 15 February 2009 (see article)
    • Rajkumari Baiji Lal Minakshi Kumari Sahiba. Married a commoner.
  • 2. Maharaj Shri Yashwant Singhji Sahib (19 September 1939-). Married Rani Brinda Kumari Sahiba (1942-), and has one son and two daughters:
  • 3. Maharaj Kumari Baiji Lal Pratap Kumari Sahiba (d. 2003)
  • 4. Maharaj Kumari Baiji Lal Bhanu Kumari Sahiba

Titles[edit]

  • 1911-1937: Sri Tej Singh
  • 1937-1941: His Highness Raj Rishi Sri Sawai Maharaja Tej Singh Veerendra Shiromani Dev Bharat Prabhakar Bahadur, Maharaja of Alwar
  • 1941-1943: Lieutenant His Highness Raj Rishi Sri Sawai Maharaja Tej Singh Veerendra Shiromani Dev Bharat Prabhakar Bahadur, Maharaja of Alwar
  • 1943-1944: Lieutenant His Highness Raj Rishi Sri Sawai Maharaja Sir Tej Singh Veerendra Shiromani Dev Bharat Prabhakar Bahadur, Maharaja of Alwar, KCSI
  • 1944-1945: Captain His Highness Raj Rishi Sri Sawai Maharaja Sir Tej Singh Veerendra Shiromani Dev Bharat Prabhakar Bahadur, Maharaja of Alwar, KCSI
  • 1945-1946: Lieutenant-Colonel His Highness Raj Rishi Sri Sawai Maharaja Sir Tej Singh Veerendra Shiromani Dev Bharat Prabhakar Bahadur, Maharaja of Alwar, KCSI
  • 1946-2009: Colonel His Highness Raj Rishi Sri Sawai Maharaja Sir Tej Singh Veerendra Shiromani Dev Bharat Prabhakar Bahadur, Maharaja of Alwar, KCSI

Honours[edit]

(ribbon bar, as it would look today)


Ord.Stella.India.jpg India Service Medal BAR.svg 39-45 Star BAR.svg Africa Star BAR.svg

Italy Star BAR.svg War Medal 39-45 BAR.svg GeorgeVSilverJubileum-ribbon.png GeorgeVICoronationRibbon.png Indian Independence Medal 1947.png


Preceded by
Jai Singh Prabhakar Bahadur
Maharaja of Alwar
1937 – 1971
1971 – 2009 (titular)
Succeeded by
Jitendra Singh

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