This more than two-decade-old love story from Jaipur is absolutely worth remembering this Valentine Day. It will inspire you and make you believe in love. It’s not a fairy tale despite the fact that the protagonist is a princess. The twists and turns will give any Bollowood flick a good run for its money.
This is the story of Princess Diya Kumari who is currently a BJP MLA. She had to fight her community and more importantly a mindset that dictates that the girls shouldn’t be given the right to choose the boys of their choice.
Narendra Kumar Singh
Diya Kumari was married in August 1997. She was in love with Narendra Kumar Singh. The community opposed their plans for marriage as both were from the same gotra
. Despite the opposition and the image of the royal family at stack, Diya Kumari was unfazed and held her ground.
She was up against her community’s most influential organization – Rajput Sabha. Maharaja Bhawani Singh – Diya Kumari's father - was the designated head of the organization at that time. It is believed that Diya Kumari’s insistence on marrying Narendra Singh caused the royal family to distance itself from the organization at that time. Bhawani Singh had to step down as the head of the organization. The tussle continued for almost 19 years.
Now this cute couple has three children - Sawai Padmanabh Singh, Lakshya Raj Singh and Gauravi Kumari. Born on July 2, 1998, Padmanabh was coroneted and became Maharaja (king) of Jaipur in 2011. He is the youngest ever player to represent India in a World Cup match.
18-year old Sawai Padmanabh Singh.
Diya Kumari is now active in politics following of the footsteps of her grandmother – ex-Rajmata Gayatri Devi. She joined BJP in September, 2013 in the presence of then chief minister of Gujrat Narendra Modi and senior leaders including Rajnath Singh and Vasundhara Raje.
Princess Diya Kumari is now in politics.
Diya Kumari had recently opposed the portrayal of Queen Padmini in Sanjay Leela Bhansali-produced – Padmaavat.
First published: February 13, 2018