Dungarpur A Glorious Century
three outstanding rulers of the Guhilot-Ahada dynasty, which ruled the erstwhile Dungarpur State (now
Dungarpur District) in south Rajasthan for nearly eight centuries without a break. In terms of antiquity,
very few princely states in pre-independent India or elsewhere in the world can match this record. It is also
noteworthy that the Guhilot-Ahada dynasty of Dungarpur has been the elder branch of the well-known
dynasty of Mewar’s Sisodia rulers.
<br>These hundred years were glorious in the long and chequered history of the erstwhile Dungarpur State
on account of the extraordinary performance of three rulers – Maharawals Udai Singh, Vijay Singh and
Lakshman Singh – who ruled during this period and achieved eminence, each in his own special way.
This century-long fascinating story, hitherto untold, is captured in this book.
Samar Singh is the son of the Late Maharaj Virbhadra Singh, younger brother of Maharawal Lakshman
Singh of Dungarpur and the last Dewan (Prime Minister) of erstwhile Dungarpur State from 1932 to 1948.
From childhood, he has had a deep interest in history. After schooling at the Daly College, Indore, he joined
St Stephen’s College in Delhi and earned the BA (Honours) and master’s degrees in History with distinction
from the Delhi University.
In 1962, he joined the Indian Administrative Service and, in due course, went on to hold several responsible and senior positions in Madhya Pradesh, his cadre state, and with the Government of India, where he worked first in the Ministry of Agriculture and then in the Ministry of Environment & Forests. He also served, for seven years, as the Secretary General & Chief Executive of the World Wide Fund for Nature – India (WWF-India), a leading national NGO in the field of conservation. Recipient of the Order of the Golden Ark – an international award for exceptional work done in the field of nature conservation – he is the author of Conserving India’s Natural Heritage, World Charter for Nature, Religion and Conservation, Ecological Security as the foundation of Sustainable Development, Garden Birds of Delhi, Agra & Jaipur and Maintenance of Public Order – A Source Book.He has also compiled and co-edited Raj Singh Dungarpur – A Tribute.