Narendra Shah establishing Pratinidhi Sabha (People’s Representative Council)

Narendra Shah establishing Pratinidhi Sabha (People’s Representative Council)

History of Tehri King Narendra Shah -34

History of Tehri Kingdom (Tehri and Uttarkashi Garhwal) from 1815 –1948- 226

History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) – 1473

By: Bhishma Kukreti (History Student)

Narendra Shah established Rajya Pratinidhi Sabha in first year of taking charge of the kingdom.  He established Pratinidhi Sabha as per advice of Diwan Bhavani Datt Uniyal for gaining cooperation from all sects of citizens in 1923. (1). initially, there were limited objectives and rights of Pratinidhi Sabha. There were more members nominated members  from the king than  elected members by citizens in that council. The citizens those used to pay land tax annually more than Rs. 10 could elect the council members. Initially the council was a decorative body. from 1939, the King offered more rights to the people’s representative council.  The numbers of nominated members were reduced to 15 from 20   and the numbers of elected members were 20. The King was chairman of the council and Kunwar Vichitra Shah  (uncle of Narendra Shah ) was vice chairperson of the people’s representative council. (2)

There were no rights for the members to elect chairperson of the council.  The aggressive revolutionists called that that council was mere a puppet of the King and Kingdom.  (3)


References –

1-Daurgadatti –Narendravanshakavya page e10

2- Bhakta Darshan , Garhwal ki Divangat Vibhutiyan page 192-194

3-Dabral S., Tehri Garhwal Rajya ka Itihas Bhag 2 (new edition), Veer Gatha Press, Dogadda, (1999) page 27

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