Location of Princely State of Charkha
The erstwhile princely state of Charkha was under the administrative control of the Baroda Agency, which was incorporated as a part of the Western India States Agency. Later the territory was merged with the state of Gujarat. The state was alson included as a part of the Western Kathiawar Agency and the Lakhapadar Thana as well.
The Lakhapadar Thana, which covered a total area of 111 sq miles and comprised of a population of 13,155 in the year 1931, was located in southeastern Kathiawar region. Most of the 21 estates, which included 247 bhagdars and 41 talukdars in 1940, were bounded by the Amreli Division of Baroda. Some of the estates were also bordered by the talukas of Vala Kathi and the princely state of Junagadh. Lakhapadar thana also implemented jurisdiction over the princely state of Dhasa that belonged to the state of Rai Sankli. It also exercised jurisdiction over Bhayavadar which belonged to the territory of Kotda Pitha for more than 60 years.
History of Princely State of Charkha
The Vala Kathis were the ruling family of Charkha state. The Princely State of Charkha was claimed by more than one native prince, who were formally described as shareholders. There were 4 such shareholders, including bhagdars and talukdars, in the state. Charkha state was primarily a non jurisdictionary princely state and it paid annual tribute to the princely state of Baroda and the princely state of Junagadh. According to the Attachment Scheme of 1943, the princely state of Charkha was attached to the princely state of Baroda.
Accession of Princely State of Charkha
The last native ruler of the princely state of Charkha acceded the territory to the newly independent Union of India after the political withdrawal of the British Government of India from the country on 15th August 1947. After the country was divided between India and Pakistan, the native rulers of the states were given the choice of acceding to either the Union of India or the Dominion of Pakistan. The monarchs of the state decided to merge with the Republic of India. At present, the region is incorporated as a part of the Indian state in Gujarat state.
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