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The Magnificent Maharaja - Book By K. Natwar Singh

From The Backcover Of The Book 'The Magnificent Maharaja' By K. Natwar Singh


... (the work) is meticulously researched and full of unsparing biographical details. The book manages to bring out the multi-dimensional personality of the man in a style that is both lucid and engaging.

The Telegraph

A magnificent book about a magnificent personality.

Indian Review of Books

(A) factual, thorough stylised biography of the man and the maharaja.

The Tribune

(A) largely impartial study (of Bhupindar Singh).

The Pioneer

A glowing tribute to MBS. (Singh) has done exhaustive research on the topic.

The Indian Express

One of the most authentic, informative and objective biographies of our time.


About the Author Of ‘The Magnificent Maharaja’

K. Natwar Singh was born in 1931. He was educated at Mayo College, Ajmer, Scindia School, Gwalior, St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. In 1953, he joined the Indian Foreign Service. For the next thirty-one years he served in Peking, New York, Warsaw, London, Lusaka and Islamabad. He was Ambassador to Pakistan — 1980-1982, Secretary General of the Seventh NAM Summit — 1983. The same year he was Chief Co­ordinator for the Commonwealth Summit. In 1984 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. After resigning from the I.F.S., he joined the Congress party and was elected to the Lok Sabha in December 1984. He was the Union Minister for Steel, Fertilizers and External Affairs from 1984 to 1989. He was attached to Indira Gandhi's Secretariat from 1966 to 1971.

In 1987, he was elected President of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament and Development, and was leader of the Indian Delegation to the 42nd Session of the U.N. General Assembly.

In 1998 he was again elected to the Lok Sabha. In 2002 he became a member of the Rajya Sabha. Since May 2004 he is Minister of External Affairs.


Table Of Contents Of The Book  'The Magnificent Maharaja’ By K. Natwar Singh


List of Illustrations ix
Acknowledgements xi
Prologue: The Man and the Maharaja 1
The Founding Father 15
The Orphan Prince 43
The Maharaja, The Nehrus and  
The Delhi Durbar — 1911 60
The Mahatma, The Maharaja and The Great War 77
Montagu and The Maharaja 95
At Home and Abroad 1919-1924 111
The Maharaja anu Sikh Politics 132
At the League of Nations 1925 146
The Chamber of Princes 158
Helping the Nizam 174
New Viceroy, New Chancellor: Irwin and MBS 186
The Indictment: A Close Shave 209
The Round Table Conference — 1930 236
Cricket, Ranji and Patiala 259
Alcohol and Protocol 271
Churchill and the Indian Princes 289
Bitter Quarrel with Lord Willingdon 310
The Silver Jubilee of King George V — 1935 322
Meeting Hitler 332
Ebb Tide and Death 341
Aftermath 353
Bibliography 359
Index 363


Page 2/3 - With Lord Irwin at Patiala, 1927
  - In Rome, 1928
Page 4 - With King George V at Buckingham Palace, 1920s
Page 5 - With Chamber of Princes Standing Committee, 1930
  - In Hungary with Admiral Horthy
Page 6 - With Lord and Lady Willingdon
  - With his staff before audience with Pope at the Vatican, 1935.
Page 7 - In Rome 1935
Page 8 - Maharaja saluting the Cenotaph in London
  - On the roof of the Savoy Hotel, London
Page 9 - At 10 Downing Street with Lloyd George
Page 10 - The 1st Indian Cricket team captained by Maharaja Bhupindar Singh
  - Jardine's team, 1934 with Lala Amarnath and Maharaja Bhupindar Singh


Author K- Natwar Singh
Pages 388
Cover Paperback
Language English

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