Vijaya Raje Scindia

Vijaya Raje Scindia was a prominent Indian political personality. As consort of the last ruling Maharaja of Gwalior, she ranked among the highest royal figures of the land. In later life, she became a politician of considerable influence. She was elected repeatedly to both houses of the Indian parliament.

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Summary Vijaya Raje ScindiaVijaya Raje Scindia was a prominent Indian political personality. As consort of the last ruling Maharaja of Gwalior, she ranked among the highest royal figures of the land. In later life, she became a politician of considerable influence and was elected repeatedly to both houses of the Indian parliament. She was also an active member, for many decades, of the Jana Sangh and co-founder of Bharatiya Janata Party. Her relationship with her four daughters and a son was troubled; especially with her only son. Her children have occasionally occasionally attributed these differences to the baneful influence of Vijayaraje’s family advisers, but most observers disagree with this assessment.

This is the ultimate castigation of an orthodox Hindu can mete out to a son who can’t defend his mother’s honour. She died in 2011, aged 98, and is survived by her husband, four daughters, a son and a daughter-in-law. She is buried at the Rajmata memorial in Gwaliorshah, a small town in Madhya Pradesh, India, where she once lived with her husband and his family. She also had a son, Dhyanendra Singh, who is married to Maya Singh, the wife of former Prime Minister of India, Railways Minister and former Union Minister of Railways, Jairam Ravi Shastri. She had a daughter, Sharmila, who was married to former Indian Prime Minister Lalu Yadav, who died in 2012.