Umed Singh

His Highness Maharao Sir Umed II Singhi Bahadur, the 16th Maharao, ruled from 1896 until his death in 1941. We shall call him...

Umed Singh

'My father use to go with all his ministers and some of his clerical staff and camp in tents that were transported on camel-back, elephants and bullock-carts, They used to move by regular stages and they had two sets of tents, one set being pitched about seven or eight miles beyond the other. His Highness would stay one or two nights, according to the importance of the place, and then move on horseback or camel to the next. And as soon as one camp was vacated it was taken down and put up again on the far side of the other camp on the same route.
On this touring His Highness would inspect the different district headquarters and if he found any judicial file which had lain there for six months or more then the fellow in charge was taken to task - with the result that normally we never found more than two or three files in any year that had been around for that long.
His Highness would also listen to petitions in the afternoon which were read to him and his ministers and because it had come to the notice of the ruler nobody would have the courage to oppose the petition going forward through the proper channels.
In those days, of course, there was a lot of jungle round about in Kotah so if the camp was in a place where there was good shikar you stayed there for two or three days. You got the paperwork finished and then for two days you enjoyed your shooting.’

 (Maharao Bhim Singh personal communication with C. Allen)