Love Interrupted: Princess Indira Raje's Royal Rebellion For Her Love

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Maharani Indira Devi of Cooch Behar and Maharaja Jitendra Narayan of Cooch Behar.

It was the biggest scandal of the times when Indira Raje, daughter of the Gaekwad of Baroda, called off her wedding. The year was 1913. She had been betrothed to the Maharaja of Gwalior, Madho Rao Scindia, an important union between the two Maratha families. However, Princess Indira was unhappy with the arrangement. She was just 18 when the engagement was announced. Firstly, the Maharaja of Gwalior was much older than her — by 20 years. He was already married once, which meant Princess Indira would become a junior wife. She would also have to follow a strict purdah system. A day was also fixed for conjugal visits. While Princess Indira had a progressive upbringing, as she was also the first Indian princess to attend school and college.
However, things would take a turn in December 1911. The royal and noble families had gathered for the Delhi Durbar. The Delhi Durbar of 1911 marked the shifting of the Imperial Capital from Calcutta to Delhi. It also marked the succession of King George V, who was present in Delhi for the occasion. The important day was about to change the destiny of Princess Indira. She met Prince Jitendra Narayan at the Delhi Durbar of 1911, the second son of Maharaja Nripendra Narayan of the princely state of Cooch Behar in West Bengal. It was love at first sight for both of them, and Princess Indira had taken the decision that she would only marry Prince Jitendra.
Since Princess Indira knew that an engagement in those days was equal to marriage, it would be next to impossible for her to break it. In a move that was incredibly bold and brave for an 18-year-old, she wrote a letter to her fiancé about refusing to marry him. The marriage preparations had begun in her home by the time her parents heard about it. While her parents tried to hush the matter, things had changed, and the marriage was called off.
The princess had to somehow convince her parents to allow her to marry Prince Jitendra. While the Gaekwads were the second most prestigious princes in India, the Maharajas of Cooch Behar, however, were placed forty-sixth. How could her parents allow that? Her father was apprehensive about the reputation of the boy — he was considered a playboy and a drunkard, and the family as well did not have much going on for them. Princess Indira's father even called Prince Jitendra and asked him to stay away from his daughter, though the duo continued to meet in private.
Princess Indira's parents realized that further delay might cause their daughter to elope and cause an even bigger scandal. In early 193, their engagement was announced. However, this wasn't the end of their struggles. Just a few months later, in May 1913, just two days before the wedding in Kolkata, her father called off the wedding, refusing to give consent. Her father took her to London with him. Indira was fighting for her marriage, and when a reporter asked her, she said, "I have been engaged to Prince Jitendra for a long time and have always wanted to marry him…but at the last minute, my parents refused to sanction my marriage."
Her father had no choice but to let her marry Prince Jitendra; however, no other family member from the Gaekwad house was present at the wedding. They married on 25th August 1913, in a civil wedding service at Paddington Registry Office, London.
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