Relations with Indian Royalty:

Besides the senior officials of the British government, Raja Sahib enjoyed the same respectful regard with numerous Indian Kings & Chiefs. Several states also conferred distinctions on him. 

His Highness Maharaja Bairisal of Jaisalmere had great desire to honour Raja Sahib. It was customary among the Princes of Rajasthan to put gold ornaments round the feet of the one on whom they wish to confer special honour. For this purpose, Raja Sahib was invited to his court, but  being preoccupied with business he could go.  Maharaja Bairisal also requested Raja Sahib to re-open his shop at Jaisalmere. As already stated , Raja Sahibís family had ancestral connection with the city. The proposal was forwarded to the benevolent Raja Sahib, which he accepted. The shop was opened and he also gave loan of Rs. 2,40,000 to Maharaja Bairisal.

After the death of Maharaja Bairisal in Samvat 1947, Raja Sahib went to Jaisalmere along with his nephew in Samvat 1949. A warm welcome was accorded to him by H. H. Maharawal Shaliwahan who was on throne during that period. A Durbar was organised in his honour by Maharawal Shaliwahan.

From Jaisalmere, he proceeded to Jodhpur. Here, too, Maharaja Jaswant Singh accorded both Raja Sahib and his nephew. From Jodhpur, Raja Sahib went to the famous temple of Vallabhi sect, Shri Nathadwara. His holiness Shri Gowardhanji who was incharge of the shrine welcome him.

Raja Sahib had good relations with Maharaja of Jaipore. With permission of Maharaja, he gave away loans to distressed Sardars of Jaipore. In this way he gave loans amounting to many lakhs to the old families of the State. The H. H. Maharaja Madhava Singh conferred great honour upon him. Special Durbar was organised at Jaipore. Mr. Crosthwaite and all Chief Sardars of royal family attended the Durbar.

He was on close terms with H. H. Maharaja of Rewa, who even sent to him articles and gifts on ceremonial occasion like marriage. His relation with Bhopal Durbar ran deep. He had a shop there and whenever he used to pay visit to his shop, he was received with high honour by Her Highness Begum of Bhopal. Once on her way to Calcutta, Her Highness Begum of Bhopal stopped at Jubbulpore along with her father, and was lodged in Raja Sahibís palace. Whenever the ruling princes went to Bombay or Calcutta. They borrowed lakhs of rupees from Raja Sahibís branches there.

Among the Indian royals who enjoyed his hospitality at his palace include Maharaja Sayaji Rao (Gaikwar of Baroda), Maharaja Chama Rajendra (Wadiar of Mysore), Maharaja Jeewaji Rao (Scindia of Gwalior), Maharaja Shivaji Rao (Holkar of Indore), Maharaja Venkatesh Ramana Singh of Rewa, Ranjit Singh of Ratlam, Maharaja Bhanu Pratap Singh of Bijawar, Maharaja Ram Varma of Travankore, Maharaja Vijaichandra Mahtah of Burdwan and Maharaja Shri Verma Kochin.

Relation with European Elite:

Although the British ruling class kept the natives of the city at a distance, magnanimous Raja Sahib enjoyed close association with the European elite of the period. He frequently organised garden parties and dinners in honour of many government officials. He had such rapport with the Government circle that every outgoing Chief Commissioner of Central Province came to his palace to pay a farewell visit. Some who went back never to return again, kept contact with Raja Sahib, despite the geographical boundaries which separated them.

It was C. H. T. Crosthwaite, the Chief Commissioner of C. P and Chief Commissioner Henry Ashbrooke Crump who remained close to the family of Raja Sahib. The following is part of the speech delivered by Sir Crosthwaite on June 22, 1885, in a great Durbar held at Jubbulpore in praise of the generosity of Raja Sahib,

ďI will convey thanks to Raja Gokuldas, without whose aid this noble undertaking could not have even begun, and next to Mr. Glass, to whose great skill and industry the successful execution of the work is due. Both these gentlemen have deserved exceedingly well the people of Jubbulpore. Their names may, perhaps be in time forgotten along with the names of others who have done good to their fellow-men, but their works will confer benefits to generations in time to come.Ē Sir Crosthwaite remained in touch with Raja Sahib even being posted at Burma. Raja Sahib extended all possible financial assistance to Chief Commissioner as he had his shop at Rangoon.

With the passing of Raja Sahib, the partition between cousins Diwan Bahadur Jiwandas and Ballabhadas was inevitable. Realising that he was growing old, Raja Sahib thought it fit to settle the partition question between Diwan Bahadur Jiwandas and Ballabhadas. But, he had made up his mind never to read any paper in connection with partition, for he said that to him both Ballabdas and Jiwandas were equally dear, so it mattered little to him who got the larger share. Rani Sahiba also possessed intentions equally pure.

It is well known that a partition generally gives rise to trouble, tedious litigation and waste of money for both sides. But the huge estate of the family was partitioned very peacefully by Raja Sahib without any dispute what so ever. In spite of the partition that had been carried out so well, he managed all affairs as heretofore during his life time, so that no one could know which village or shop belonged to Ballabhdas and which to Jiwandas. Raja Sahib had also left some articles in their joint possession. After his death, by the kind mediation of Chief Commissioner Henry Ashbrooke Crump of Jubbulpore, the matters were amicably settled. Credit for this work goes to Mr. Crump for the foresight, impartiality, perseverance and industry that he brought to bear upon this difficult problem.

Raja Sahib had frequent dealings with the British Government, but he never submitted to any improper treatment on the part of any Government official. In 1895 AD during the land settlement of C. P. being carried out by Sir Bamfylde Fuller, (who later became Lieut. Governor of Bengal), Raja Sahib had serious difference of opinion with him over the question of the enhancement of land to acknowledge his mistake.

Raja Sahib had his share of rewards for his constant public services. It was in the year 1883, title of 'Rai Bahadur' as personal distinction was conferred upon him by Ripon, Viceroy and Governor General of India. Finally, in 1889, the high title of Raja was conferred upon him.


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