(Last Updated on : 05/07/2012)
The Princely State of Gabat was a native state of India that was managed by a native prince under the supervision of the British Government of India
. The princely state was under the indirect control of the British Empire in India
. The state was scattered over a total area of 10 sq miles and comprised of a total population of 1,159 in the year 1931. The taluka of Gabat was situated in the southeast direction of the Sadra Division and the territory consisted of 6 villages. The Gabat state was bordered by the princely state of Lunawada, the princely state of Malpur
and the princely state of Idar in the north; by the princely state of Idar in the south and west; and by the princely state Balasinor in the east.
The Princely State of Gabat was incorporated as a part of the Baroda Agency, which was a sub division of the Western India States Agency
. Later the territory became a part of the state of Gujarat
. The state was also a part of the Sabar Kantha Agency as well as the Sadra Division.
History of Princely State of Gabat
The Makwana Kolis were the ruling family of the princely state of Gabat. The family descended from the House of Dhrangadhra. The native ruler of the state held the title of Thakor and supervised the administration and the internal affairs of the state. The relations of the state with the British administration of India and other Indian princely states were managed by the Resident of British India
, also known as the Political Agent. The Thakor of the state of Gabat exercised very limited civil and criminal jurisdiction. It was ranked as a Seventh Class taluka before the abolition of the class system in the year 1928.
The Princely State of Gabat did not pay any annual tribute to the princely state of Idar or the princely state of Baroda; but it paid an annual sum to Lunawada state for 3 villages of Gabat state that formerly belonged to that state. Gabat state also received annual sums from the princely states of Malpur, Idar and Balasinor. According to the Attachment Scheme of 1943, the princely state of Gabat was attached to the princely state of Idar.
After the withdrawal of the British and the independence of India in the year 1947, the state was acceded to the newly formed Union of India
, also known as the Dominion of India.