The Princely State of Nawadi, also known as Nasvada or Naswadi, was one of the Indian princely states that were administered by a native prince under the guidance of the British authorities. The princely state was under the indirect control of the British Empire in India. The region covered a total area of 19.50 sq miles and comprised of a total population of 6,991 in the year 1941. The territory of Nawadi was one of the 27 states which formed up the Sankheda Mehvassi, located on the banks of the Narbada (Narmada) River, in eastern Gujarat. The region included around 29 villages and was incorporated as a part of the former Rewa Kantha Agency. The region consisted of a single block of land in the central portion of the Sankheda Mehvassi. The princely state of Nawadi was bounded by Baroda in the north and south; by Palasni in the east; by the regions of Vanmala and Sindhiapura in the west. The Aswan River segregated the estate into 2 almost equal segments. The Princely State of Nawadi or Naswadi was incorporated as a part of the Baroda Agency, which was a sub division of Western India States Agency. Later the region became a part of the Indian state of Gujarat.
History of Princely State of Nawadi
The Princely State of Nawadi or Naswadi was the sole estate that was reigned over by the Solanki Rajputs in the Sankheda Mehvassi region. The succession of the throne was goverened by the rule of male primogeniture. Nawadi state was a jurisdictionary princely state of the sixth class, before the abolition of the class system in the year 1928. The courts of the state exercised very limited criminal and civil jurisdictional authority. The native ruler of Nawadi, who held the title of Thakor, was granted jurisdictional authority in the year 1931. The Thakor supervised the administration of the territory and the decisions of the native prince were final and non-appealable. Nawadi state paid annual tribute to Baroda. According to the Attachment Scheme of 1943, the princely state of Nawadi was attached to Baroda. The native chiefs who exercised jurisdictional powers were formally addressed as Meherban.
After the nation achieved independence from the rule of the British Government of India on 15th August 1947, the last native ruler of Nawadi, acceded his state to the newly formed Union of India, also known as the Dominion of India.
(Last Updated on : 13-06-2012)