The House of Scindias: The stories of Raja Rani are always interesting and in such a situation, if the king and queen are known, then it is more fun to read and listen. Renowned political analyst and journalist Rashid Kidwai’s new book ‘The House of Scindias’ There is an interesting document of the Scindia royal family, in which the story of about 300 years from before independence to 75 years of independence.
In this book, there is a story of the formation of the Scindia family and till the time they entered the politics of the country. No character has been left out. The things related to the founder of Scindia Gharana from Ranoji Rao Shinde to Jyotiraditya Scindia have been told in an interesting way in this book.
Exclusive conversation with author Rashid Kidwai
There are many royal families in this country, but why did you think of writing only on the Scindia royal family?? What is special in Scindia Gharana?
The Scindia royal family is the only family in which family members are in public life since 1730. First he ran the empire by becoming a king, then when he got freedom, he became a public servant. Jiwaji Rao Scindia, the last ruler of the Scindia family, was serving as the governor of his state since independence in 1956, and in 1957, Vijayaraje Scindia became an MP for the first time. Since then till now some member of this family has been representing this house in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha or Vidhan Sabha till date and such an example has not been found not only in the country but in the world that for more than 300 years, people of any family are in public life. Be actively involved in
Rashid ji, you will also agree that it is not easy to write on the Scindia Gharana, because the aspect of the freedom struggle during the period of 1857 has been controversial in its history., When the Scindia family supported the British. How did you write and handle it?
We writers write everything on the basis of facts and we know that history has its ups and downs, history has both bright and dark sides. Hiding the dark aspect does nothing and what the Scindia family had done in the freedom struggle of 1857, I got a lot of encouragement from an incident by Vasundhara Raje Scindia. Many years ago, when Vasundhara had gone to inaugurate the statue of Laxmibai in Indore, she was opposed there and Vasundhara had explained the protestors very well from the stage there that how long will the mistakes of history be carried. He also expressed regret over what happened. That’s why I put forth the facts of history honestly.
You have written in the book that the Scindia family never took pride in being a king unnecessarily. Instead of saying Suryavanshi and Chandravanshi, you politely put forth the things of history and ancestors. what is this?
This is also an interesting story. The first ruler of the Scindia Gharana, Ranoji Rao Scindia was the orderly of Peshwa Bajirao. The Peshwa did not even know his name. But one day the Peshwa saw that his orderly was sleeping with his shoes on his chest. Angered, when he woke him up, Ranoji Rao told that Huzoor should not put any poison in your shoes, so I slept with them by my chest. The Peshwa was pleased with this and then made Ranoji Rao a feudatory. Ranoji first made Ujjain then Gwalior as his capital and became Scindia from Shinde. This thing was not hidden by any Scindia ruler and he kept believing how his ancestors reached here.
You have written the journey from Ranoji Rao to Jivajirao and Vijayaraje Madhavrao and Jyotiraditya Scindia in this book.. Whose personality and struggle is the greatest?
It is very difficult to say which Scindia ruler’s struggle was the most difficult. Everyone changed himself a lot according to the circumstances of the time, but Vijayaraje Scindia was different in all this. She was not from any big royal family. His name was Lekha, but after coming to the Scindia family, he made his place in the male dominated society by the name of Vijayaraje. She was a queen till independence, then after independence she came into politics and became a Congress MP. Later, getting angry with Indira Gandhi, joined the Jan Sangh and later enlarged the BJP by giving financial support. This was a tough job. He had a quarrel with his own son Madhavrao because he understood that his mother was wasting money on Jan Sangh and BJP.
In writing the story of Raje Maharaj, many stories have to be heard. On what basis did you take them and many members of the Scindia family are still in active politics, you did not fear their displeasure.?
It is true that many tales are prevalent about the Scindia Gharana, but when I saw those stories in history books and other documents, only then mentioned it, otherwise many things have been left out and this book of mine has been written in earlier books and documents. based on. Then I have written it with a witness spirit, so I do not think that any member of the Scindia family will be angry with this. The sale of this book is telling that people are also liking this book.