The Princely State of Kalu Khera, also known as Kalukhera, was amongst main native states during the rule of the British Empire in India. During the early 19th century, the region was appointed as one of the princely states of India under the indirect rule of the British administration. The region was scattered over a total area of 6 sq miles and comprised of a total population of 971 in the year 1921. The territory comprised of the villages of Barkheri, Borkhera, Kalukhera and Barat in Panbihar, Gwalior. These regions were situated along the boundary between the Mahidpur district of Indore and the Ujjain district of Gwalior. Kalu Khera state was incorporated as a part Central India Agency and was also under the administrative control of the erstwhile Gwalior Agency.
History of Princely State of Kalu Khera
The ruling family of the estate belonged to a branch of the Khichi Chauhan Rajputs of Raghugarh. The ruling family initially settled in the territory of Kalukhera in the 15th century. The native ruler of the state of Kalu Khera held the title of Rao and was Hindu by religion. The Rao of Kalu Khera or Kalukhera took charge of the administration of the region and supervised the internal affairs of the state. The Political Agent, also known as Resident of British India, managed the associations of the native ruler and the state with the British Government of India and other native states. The Rao of the state, who was also styled as Thakor, exercised very limited judicial authority. The Princely State of Kalu Khera was a guaranteed Jagir of Gwalior. The former native state paid annual tribute to the local government of the princely state of Gwalior for the villages it held. The native prince of Kalu Khera state received tanka payments from the princely state of Indore and the princely state of Gwalior.
On 15th August 1947, the nation achieved independence from the dominion of the British Government in India and it resulted in the partition of India. The former native states of India were given the option of acceding to either the newly formed Union of India or the Dominion of Pakistan. The last native ruler of the princely state of Kalu Khera or Kalukhera decided to accede to the Republic of India. Later the territory was merged with the modern Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
(Last Updated on : 04-07-2012)