July 20, 2024
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Madhavi Raje Scindia Passes Away: End of an Era in Gwalior

Madhavi Raje Scindia

Madhavi Raje Scindia, the mother of Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and the erstwhile Rajmata of the Gwalior Royal Family, passed away on Wednesday at 9:28 am. She had been on a ventilator for several days prior to her demise and was undergoing treatment at AIIMS Hospital in Delhi for the past two months due to pneumonia and sepsis, as confirmed by Jyotiraditya Scindia’s office. Her last rites are scheduled to be held in Gwalior.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Samrat Choudhary were among the notable figures who expressed their condolences. Gadkari shared his grief on X (formerly Twitter), stating, “The news of the demise of Madhavi Raje Scindia ji, mother of Union Minister Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia ji is extremely sad. My heartfelt tribute to her. May God grant peace to the departed soul and give strength to Shri Jyotiraditya ji and his family. Om Shanti.” Similarly, Choudhary posted, “Very sad! It is deeply saddening to hear about the demise of the mother of Honorable Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of Civil Aviation in the Central Government. May God grant peace to the departed soul. My condolences are with the Honorable Aviation Minister and his family in this hour of grief. Om Shanti!”

Madhavi Raje Scindia was married to Maharaja Madhavrao Scindia II, a prominent Congress veteran and former Union Civil Aviation Minister, who tragically died in a plane crash near Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri on September 30, 2001. Her lineage is notable, as she was the daughter of the Army General of Madhesh Province in Nepal and the great-granddaughter of Juddha Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana, the Prime Minister of Nepal and Maharaja of Kaski and Lamjung. She was also a descendant of Sardar Ramakrishna Kunwar of Gorkha.

As the Rajmata of the Gwalior Royal Family, Madhavi Raje Scindia played a significant role in philanthropic activities. She was the chairperson of 24 charity trusts focusing on education and medical care. Moreover, she was the chief of the board of governors at the Scindias Kanya Vidyalaya for girls. Her contributions to the preservation of the family’s heritage were marked by her establishment of the Maharaja Madhavrao Scindia II gallery in the palace museum.

Her passing marks the end of an era for the Gwalior Royal Family and the numerous charitable organizations she was associated with, leaving a legacy of service and dedication to her community.

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