Rajendrasinhji Jadeja

Rajendrasinhji Jadeja

Rajendrasinhji Jadeja

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General Maharaj Shri Rajendrasinhji Jadeja, DSO (June 15, 1899-January 1, 1964), also known as Kumar Sri Rajendrasinhji and K.S. Rajendrasinhji, was the first Chief of Army Staff of the Indian army, and the second Indian, after Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa, to become Commander-in-Chief of the Indian armed forces and head the Indian Army.

Personal life

Rajendrasinhji was born on June 15, 1899, at Sarodar in the Kathiawar region of what is now the western Indian state of Gujarat. He was the third son of Devisinhji Jadeja . The family belonged to the ruling dynasty of Nawanagar princely state (now Jamnagar), and Devisinhji was the elder brother of K.S. Ranjitsinhji and uncle of K.S.Duleepsinhji, two cricketing luminaries produced by that family. In 1928, Rajendrasingh wed Maya Kunwarba. The couple became the parents of three children. His Son Maharaj Sukhdevsinhji married the daughter of the ruler of Masuda in Rajputana Rajkumari Vijaylakshmi Masuda, his youngest daughter was married to HH the Raja Sahib of the erstwhile princely state of Khairagarh in then Madhya Pradesh (present day Chattisgarh), she was sitting MP with Lok Sabha and a popular leader in her constituency.

Career

Rajendrasinhji attended Rajkumar College, Rajkot and then, having resolved upon pursuing a military career, he joined the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 2nd Royal Lancers in 1922. As a King's Commissioned Indian Officer, he held various ranks...
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