Amarsinhji Banesinhji

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Captain H.H. Maharana Raj Shri Sir Amarsinhji Banesinhji Sahib KCSI KCIE (4 January 1879 – 25 June 1954) was the last Maharana Raj Sahib of Wankaner belonging to Jhala dynasty, who ascended the throne of princely state of Wankaner on 12 June 1881 and ruled until his state was merged into India on 15 February 1948. He continued to be officially Maharana Sahib of Wankaner till his death on 28 June 1954.[1]

He was installed on the throne upon death of his father Maharana Banesinhji Jaswantsinhji on 25 June 1881 at age of two years and State was placed under administration of government.[1] He joined Rajkumar College, Rajkot for education. After his education was complete, he was given rein of State on 18 March 1889.[1]

He served during the Great War with the Kathiawar Motor Ambulance Corps 1915-1916. A well-educated and progressive ruler, he took a great interest in improving the welfare of his subjects. He established the first Farmers Co-operative Bank in Saurashtra to provide finance to farmers, promoted agriculture, the dairy and textile industries. He also introduced village self-government schemes, the first pensions for state employees, reformed the public services and a strong and effective police force.[citation needed]

A gifted sportsmen, he excelled in badminton, cricket and marksmanship. He also took a keen interest in motoring, aircraft and architecture, building several lovely palaces and public buildings in Wankaner and Wankaner House in Bombay. He celebrated his Golden Jubilee on 31 May 1931.[citation needed]

He signed the treaty of accession and merged his State with Union of India forming part of United State of Kathiawar on 15 February 1948.[citation needed]

In 1951, a cotton textile mill at Wankaner, named Shree Amarsinhji Mills Limited,[citation needed] named after him was founded by his son Pratapsinhji Jhala, which, however, has now been taken over by Kores India in 1980.[2] However, his grandson, Digvijaysinhji Jhala continues to serve the company as a director.[citation needed]

His eldest son Pratapsinhji Amarsinhji succeeded to the title of Maharana of Wankaner upon his death on 28 June 1954.[citation needed]


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  1. ^ a b c Solomon, R. V.; Bond, J. W. (1922). Indian States: A Biographical, Historical, and Administrative Survey By Somerset Playne, R. V. Solomon, J. W. Bond. pp. 752–53. ISBN 9788120619654. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  2. ^ Kores India