Sunday, August 06, 2023

The Maharajas of Indian aviation — how three generations of Scindias pioneered air travel

Maharajas of India played an important role in the development of aviation in India, along with industrialists like Tatas. Amongst the maharajas, Scindias of Gwalior held a special place. Firstly because they started very early, and secondly because they did not keep aviation just as a royal hobby and preserve of the colonial rulers and other Indian aristocrats. Rather they made it a plausible faster alternative to traditional transportation mediums like railways that they had helped develop with much alacrity from 1872 onwards. The gradual democratisation of elite transportation is a historic legacy of the Scindias of Gwalior.

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