(Last Updated on : 16-06-2012)
The Princely State of Babra was one of the native states of India during the rule of the British Empire in India
. During the 19th century, the territory was appointed as one of the princely states of India
under the indirect rule of the British administration. The state covered a total area of 10 sq miles and consisted of a total population of 8,242 in the year 1931. The taluka of Babra, also known as Chamardi, was in the Babra Thana, which incorporated 6 villages. It was located in the south central Kathiawar region and comprised of 2 distinctive blocks of land. The first and bigger block was bounded by Kariana in the north; by Nilvala in the northwest, by Jetpur in the west and south; and by a block of the territory of Amreli (Baroda
) in the east. The smaller second block of land, which was located towards the southwest of the main territory, was an enclave in Jetpur.
The Vala Kathis were the shareholders of the state of Babra. The princely state of Babra was claimed by more than one native prince, who were formally addressed as shareholders. There were around 10 such shareholders in the territory. They were much learned and educated and also contained substantial financial resources. Babra Thana was scattered over a total area of 298 sq miles and comprised of a total population of 21,406. The region was surrounded by Bhavnagar in the east; by the princely state of Gondal in the west; by Jasdan in the north; and by the estates of Jetpur in the south. It included around 13 estates and most of these were held by Khachar Kathi and Vala shareholders, including bhagdars and talukdars. The area also contained the villages of Vavdi and Kotda Pitha which belonged to3 Bhoka Jaitani talukas and Kotda Pitha respectively.
The Princely State of Babra was incorporated as a part of the Baroda Agency
, which was a sub division of Western India States Agency
. Later the state became a part of the modern state of Gujarat
, India. The former native state was also a part of the Western Kathiawar Agency and the Thana of Babra. The Princely State of Babra was a non- jurisdictionary native state. According to the Attachment Scheme of 1943, the princely state of Babra was attached to the princely state of Baroda
After the political withdrawal of the British Supremacy and the partition of India
on 15th August 1947, the erstwhile princely state of Babra was acceded to the independent formed Dominion of India, which was also known as Union of India