Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III

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The Prince and the Man

This is a book written by Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad, the great grandson of Sayajirao Gaekwad III. "I have dealt with the subject from the point of view of a Prince and as a Man" says the author. When the widow of Khanderao was given the right to adopt a boy and when she decided to do so , the British rubbed their hands in glee, thinking they could rule from behind the throne with a 'Glittering Puppet' on it. To their dismay, Sayajirao was a born ruler; he turned his attention to bringing in social reforms for the benefit of his people. He modernized his poor feudal state into one worthy of a 21-gun salute.

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The Rulers of Baroda

This is a brief account of F.A.H Elliot's version of the Story. It has been written with a double view of serving as a slight work of reference for public servants and of affording information to young men who are about to pass from school or college into public life. It deals with the political career of those men and classes, who have exercised authority over the people of a large portion of Gujarat namely, the Gaekwad Rajas, their relations, their ministers, the military nobles, the money lenders, farmers of revenue, and the sacerdotal or clerkly classes.

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The Ruler of Baroda

This is an account of the life and work of the Maharaja of Baroda, Sayajirao III by Philip.W. Sergeant. Gifted by nature with a remarkable power of brain and a very strong will; deprived by circumstances of education of any kind up to his 12th year; lifted entirely beyond expectation, from the life of a peasant boy to a throne and great riches; thereafter subjected to a course of intensive culture which left him with a sense of his deficiencies and a determination to make them good; invested with full powers at the age of 18 – His highness Maharaja Sayajirao III was marked out for a human experiment of the highest interest. Apart from the question what his personality might effect, the odds were that the experiment would fail. Tradition was against success, but Sayajirao III flouted tradition.

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