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Political history

The atate of Rajasthan was formed after a long process of integration which began on March 17, 1948 and ended on November 1, 1956.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2003 19:55 IST

A vibrant and exotic state where tradition and royal glory meet in a riot of colors against a vast backdrop of sand and desert, Rajasthan has been described in Indian history as the land of heterogeneous conglomeration of separate political entities with different administrative systems in different places.

The atate of Rajasthan was formed after a long process of integration which began on March 17, 1948 and ended on November 1, 1956. As many as 22 princely States of erstwhile Rajputana merged with Union of India for the purpose. Before integration it was called Rajputana, that comprised 19 princely states and two chiefships of Lava and Kushalgarh and a British administered territory of Ajmer-Merwara.

The new state opted for unicameral legislature 'Rajasthan Legislative Assembly' which is running its eleventh term since it was first elected by adult franchise in 1952. The state has had Assembly Elections regularly since then with the exceptions of 1980 and 1992 when President's Rule was in force. The Assembly, which had a strength of 160 in 1952, has 200 members now following various amendments in the related law over the years.

At present there are 32 districts (including the new district of Karauli), 105 sub-divisions, 241 tehsils, 37889 inhabited villages and 222 towns in the State.


First Published: Oct 13, 2003 15:16 IST