ALI RAJPUR (Princely State)(11 gun salute)

LOCATION: Madhya Pradesh AREA: 2,165.24 kmē VILLAGES: 307 (1901) POPULATION: 112,754 (1941) RELIGION: Hindu
REVENUE: Rs 5,160,000 (1931) DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Rathore SEAT: Rajpur ACCESSION: 15th June 1948
AGENCY: Malwa Agency, Central India PRIVY PURSE: Rs 95,000

PRESENT RULER:HH Raja KAMLENDRA SINGH, present Raja Saheb of Ali Rajpur since 30th March 1996.
born 30th December 1933, a retired B.S.F. officer.

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The ruling family claim descent from Raja Jagdev, a scion of the Suryavanshi Rathores of Kanauj. After the fall of Maharaja Jai Chand of Kanauj, the descendants of his eldest son, moved to Rajasthan and eventually founded Jodhpur, while the descendants of his second son, Raja Jaypal, migrated to Ramtek or Ramnagar and Mandhata and from there to Motipol, a village in Bhabra Tahsil. A descendant, Deepsen, extended his supremacy and built a fort there. Anand Dev or Udai Dev, fifth in descent from Deepsen, built a fort at Anandawali in 1437, which subsequently was known as Ali and became the capital of his new State. In 1893, the Rana was allowed to maintain a military force of 11 cavalry, 169 infantry, and 7 guns. The salute was raised from 9 nines to 11 guns in 1920 and made permanent in 1921. Rulers were....
1. "The Golden Book of India"; by Sir Roper Lethbridge; MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.21 which also states that the family dynasty is Sisodia (not Rathore).
2., courtesy of Philip Bailey October 2002
3. It was a question whether this partition should be admitted. The neighbouring Chiefs were consulted by the Political Agent, and it was at last decided by the British Government that the will should be set aside, and that Gangadeo, the elder son, should be recognized as heir to the Chiefship, subject to a provision in land for his younger brother. Source: A Collection of Treaties, Engagements, and Sanads Relating to India and Neighbouring Countries. Compiled by C. U. Aitchison, B.C.S., Under-Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign Department. Vol. IV, page 435
4. As the privilege of adoption had not been granted to the deceased Chief the State might have been treated as an escheat to Government. It was, however, decided to forego the right, and to appoint a successor to the gadi. After carefully investigating the qualifications and claims of several persons, including the Chiefs of Dharampur and the Thakurs of Mayagaon and Phulwal, the choice of Government fell upon Bijai Singh, the Thakur of Sondwa, whose family was an off-shoot of the direct line of the Ali-Rajpur Chiefs, and whose claims were warmly supported by the Ranis and the most influential persons in the State. Source: As above. page 436.
5. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945
6. "Western States (Malwa) Gazetteer". Volume 5, Part A. Text. Compiled by Capt. C. E. Luard M.A. 1908.