The Indian Biographical Dictionary (1915)/Bhinga, Raja of; Rajarshi Udai Pratap Singh

Bhinga, Raja of; Rajarshi Udai Pratap Singh, C.S.I.. b. 1850; succeeded his father, the late Raja Krishna Datta Singh, 1862; took charge of the estate, 1869; educated at the Court of Wards Institute, Lucknow; married the Younger daughter of the late Raja Raghunath Shah Dewa, of Aghori Barhar in the district of Mirzapur. Is a Kshatriya of the Bishen clan and traces his descent from Mayur Bhatta, a devotee. The last of the Gonda line of Chiefs was Raja Devi Bakhsh Singh. In 1887, the Government of India presented the present Raja with a cannon; exempted him from the operation of the Arms Act and from personal attendance in Civil Courts. He has established what is now known as the “Kshatriya Upkarni Mahasabha” for which he has made an endowment of Rs. 35,000; founded the “Bhinga Raj Kshatri ya Scholarship”, and the Edward Scholarships; has given Rs. 11,000 for sending a Kshatriya graduate to Oxford or Cambridge University; has endowed Rs. 10 lakhs for the Hewett Kshatriya High School at Benares. The title of “Rajarshi” was conferred on him by the Mahasabha, which has been recognised by Government as a mode of address; retired from public life and is leading the life of a recluse at Benares since 1895. Publication: “A history of the Bhinga Raj Family” (1883); “Democracy not suited to India” (1888), “The decay of the landed, Aristocracy in India” (1892); “Memorandum on the education of the sons of Landlords” (1882); “Minute on the Law of Sedition in India” (1892); “The Russul Question” (1893) and “Views and Observations” (1907). Address: Bhinga Estate, Bahraich, Oudh; also, Durgakund, Benares City.