MAHATMA GANDHI'S VISIT TO THE TRAVANCORE ROYAL FAMILY IN 1924


Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi -OF TRAVANCORE[NOW KERALA](1924)

In 1925 the Maharani was visited by Mahatma Gandhi. Their meeting resulted in a royal proclamation by which all the public roads and streets in Travancore were thrown open to all Hindus irrespective of caste. Mahatma Gandhi called it a "bedrock of freedom" in his Young India (26 March 1925) magazine while describing the Maharani thus:
My visit to Her Highness was an agreeable surprise for me. Instead of being ushered into the presence of an over decorated woman sporting diamond pendants and necklaces, I found myself in the presence of a modest young woman who relied not upon jewels or gaudy dresses for beauty but on her own naturally well formed features and exactness of manners. Her room was as plainly furnished as she was dressed. Her severe simplicity became an object of my envy. She seemed to me an object lesson for many a prince and many a millionaire whose loud ornamentation, ugly looking diamonds, rings and studs and still more loud and almost vulgar furniture offend the taste and present a terrible and sad contrast between them and the masses from whom they derive their wealth.
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The Times of India
Lucknow--------------------------

Rs 20 crore public money spent on Mayawati's homePervez Iqbal Siddiqui & Pankaj Shah, TNN Aug 10, 2011, 04.31am ISTLUCKNOW: Dalit leader Mayawati spent Rs 20,12,60,000 of public money over the past one year to renovate her bungalow at 13, Mall Avenue, in Lucknow. She needs Rs 2 crore more. Recently, Mayawati moved out of the chief minister's official residence and shifted to her home, ostensibly because she considers 13 to be her lucky number.

The Rs 20 crore was spent from the chief minister's contingency fund, according to the supplementary budget tabled in the assembly on Tuesday. So far, Rs 51 crore has been spent in sprucing up her residence since 2002.
In 2002, Rs 19.53 crore was allocated to her to renovate the house. Again, when she returned to power in 2007, another Rs 10.19 crore was sanctioned for the house. And after that the additional Rs 22 crore for the bungalow which sprawls over a 2 lakh square feet compound in the heart of the city
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THE MISSING STATUE- TRIVANDRUM CITY -AT MUSEUM EAST GATE -[1950 IT

 WAS THERE] -BEFORE MUSEUM POLICE STATION WAS MADE -





REGENT-[SENIOR RANI]- Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi -[THE POSE OF THE STATUE AND THE FACE AND THE DRESS   WERE SAME AS ABOVE .]----

KING UHTRADAM THIRUNAL MARTHANDA VARMA

THE PRESENT KING OF TRAVANCORE AGE 80+ SREE UTHRADOM THIRUNAL MARTHANDAVARMA
NOW WITH OUT POWER TO RULE ,UNDER DEMOCRACY IN
2009
THE PRESENT KING ALSO CONTINUES THE GOOD POLICIES OF PREVIOUS KINGS BY CONVERTING HIS PALACE AT PATTOM IN TRIVANDRUM CITY TO A HOSPITAL KNOWN AS S.U.T.HOSPITAL(SREE UTHRADADOM THIRUNAL HOSPITAL)
IT is seven in the morning and Sri Uthradom Tirunal Marthanda Varma is on his way through the ancient corridors to offer worship at the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. Accompanied by a few close members of family and staff, he stands in silence and surrender before the Lord for a quarter of an hour, a practice followed without fail by his ancestors for the last 300 years. A day's lapse in attendance means paying a fine. But the rulers consider it worse punishment to skip a single day in offering their prayers, whether it is owing to ill-health or being away from the capital.

The temple and the Lord are the centre of existence for the Travancore royalty. "We are rulers on His behalf," reverently says Sri Marthanda Varma, 80-year-old head of the Travancore ROYAL FAMILY


"When we have guests, my wife and I serve them sometimes," says Sri Marthanda Varma when you meet him at the modest Pattom palace the next day. "In fact, a mediaperson from Germany who probably expected me to dress in fine clothes, once mistook me for my secretary," he chuckles
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