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Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad

Fatehsinghrao Prataprao Gaekwad II (2 April 1930, Baroda – 1 September 1988, Bombay) was an Indian politician, cricketer, and titular Maharaja of Baroda from 1951 until 1988. In the 26th amendment to the Constitution of India promulgated in 1971, the Government of India abolished all official symbols of princely India, including titles, privileges, and remuneration (privy purses).

Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad was born to Pratap Singh Gaekwad, the last ruling Maharaja of Baroda and his first wife, Maharani Shantadevi Sahib Gaekwad (1914–2002). He succeeded as titular Maharaja of Baroda in 1951 when his father was deposed by the Government of India.

He served in public office as a Member of Parliament for Vadodara, from 1957 to 1967, and 1971 to 1980, representing various Congress factions. In 1967 he did not contest Lok Sabha elections, and was elected to Gujarat Vidhan Sabha from Sayajiganj seat. During his tenure in Lok Sabha, he served as Parliamentary Secretary of the Defense Ministry, Minister of Health, Fisheries and Jails, Chancellor of the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda, and Chairman of the Board of Governors, National Institute of Sports in 1962-63. He was also the author of the book The Palaces of India (1980).

As a cricketer, Gaekwad represented Baroda in the Ranji Trophy between 1946 and 1958 and had a highest score of 99 in his first season. He was an attacking right-handed batsman. He played against the touring teams on various occasions between 1948 and 1954. He was an expert cricket commentator in radio and was made an honorary life member by the MCC.

Gaekwad was the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India from 1963 to 1966, after serving as Vice-President from 1959 to 1960 and again in 1962-63. He was the manager of the Baroda Cricket Association from 1960. Known in England as "Jackie Baroda", he managed the Indian tour of England in 1959 and of Pakistan in 1978-79 and 1982-83. He still holds the record of being the youngest president of BCCI.

He died in the Breach Candy Hospital in Bombay on 1 September 1988 at the age of fifty-eight, to be succeeded as titular Maharaja of Baroda by his younger brother, Ranjitsinhrao Gaekwad.

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Some of their strengths

Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Intuitive, Passionate, Energetic, Adventurous, Generous, Strong, and Physical.

Independent and Brave

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad is someone who is an independent, brave, and honest person who approaches life with energy, intuition, passion, and generosity. A person who looks for jobs that tend to reflect their identity.

Adventurous and Free

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad well know them as someone who can be talented, wayward and free, like a big river or the ocean.

Truthful and Kind

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad as someone who is honest, compassionate, imaginative, and instinctual.

A person who enjoys new challlenges, is a magnet for attracting other creative types, good at identifying opportunities, and who is good at forming loyal, lifelong friendships.

Emotionally Intelligent and Intuitive

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad is someone who tends to have strong emotional intelligence and intuition, and who can be a catalyst of change for others.

They are also someone who is mysterious, intuitive, and diplomatic, and who has a keen intuition, charisma, and a focus on balance and partnership.

Independent and Dynamic

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad tends to be someone who is independent, dynamic, and courageous. Who can be positive, energetic, self-reliant, and adventurous, and who can make friends easily.

Some of Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad's challenges

While Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad can be Impulsive, Indecisive, Unrealistic, Short-tempered, Stubborn, Idle, and Temperamental.

Short-tempered and Impulsive

One of Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad's key challenges is that they are someone who can come across as short-tempered and impulsive.

Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad must also exercise caution as they can have difficulty dealing with responsibility, authority, or criticism.

Unrealistic and Indecisive

Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad is someone who can be unrealistic, indecisive, and lacking in confidence, who can be impulsive when it comes to making important decisions, have difficulty collaborating with others, can be argumentative and not willling to accept criticism, and who can be disappointed by the high expectations they place on others.

Aggressive and Domineering

Finally, Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad also can be aggressive, impatient, impulsive, and short-tempered.

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