Jaipur's Queen Gayatri Devi dies at 90
Thursday, July 30, 2009
After India gained independence in 1947, the popular Devi ran for parliament in 1962 as a member of the Swatantra Party, winning her constituency with a then-record 78% of the vote. Devi won reelection twice, but she ran afoul of tax laws after the abolition of privy purses in 1971 and was jailed for five months.
After her release from prison, she withdrew from politics and published an autobiography, A Princess Remembers, in 1976; the 1997 film Mémoires d'une princesse des Indes (Memoirs of a Hindu Princess) was based around her life.
A funeral planned in Jaipur for today has drawn thousands of attendees. Gayatri Devi is survived by two grandchildren.
- Dean Nelson. "Indian princess Rajmata Gayatri Devi dies aged 90" — , July 30, 2009
- "Jaipur funeral for Indian royal" — , July 30, 2009
- "Gayatri Devi, former Jaipur queen, is dead" — , July 29, 2009
- Associated Press. "Former Indian royal Gayatri Devi dies" — , July 29, 2009