From the Editor's Pen
She established AMIShishuMandir in 1945. GajraRajeMedical College, the first medical college in MP, established in 1946 , was inaugurated by H.H. JiwajiRao Scindia and his wife Maharani VijyaRajeScindia. Madhav Institute of Technology and Science was founded in 1957,. She also helped in establishing JiwajiUniversity.
She founded GangajaliTrust for education , financial aids and help for the poor section of the society. Under this trust many aids were provided.
Rajmata Sahib was in favour of women empowerment. She abolished PardaPratha in 1947 for the upliftment of women and established Vijaya RajeLadies Club and MahilaMandal. She established Padma Vidyalaya and ScindiaKanya Vidyalaya for the better education of girls.
She was also concerned about the welfare of society. For this purpose she founded khadi kambaludyog, provided economic help in development of KamlaRajaHospital and provided land and economic help to Vikram University and Sager University. She joined politics in 1957 with the purpose to serve the country and always thought for the welfare of the people . She devoted her whole life for this sole purpose only. She understood the demands of the changing times and prepared herself to play a purposeful role. Though she was called Rajmata , but actually she was Prajamata who earned love, affection and respect from her people. Such was her noble and gracious personality.
By - Ms. Poornima Gangele, Staff Editor, AMI
Vijaya Raje Scindia - A courageous personality If ever a history is chronicled about bravery and leadership of women icons, Madhya Pradesh will be accorded some prominent pages. The state has the proud legacy of being a home to brave heroines.
The last century was not that different for the history of Madhya Pradesh as it witnessed a common citizen becoming a monarch and then a successful politician with the sole purpose to serve the people.That historical and versatile personality was the Maharani of Gwalior, Vijaya Raje Scindia. Born Lekha Devi, Rajmata was raised by her grandmother. Lekha Devi spent her childhood as a common civilian. At a young age, she took part in the freedom struggle while continuing her studies in Vasantha College, Benares, and then Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow. Even in those days, Lekha Devi made an impression on people around her by projecting confidence and a hearty persona. Rajmata Scindia once said:" The progress of science along with industrialization it brought, changed the old pattern of family life. Because of economic conditions, Indian women had to come out, (and) also add to the family income. I believe in the old adage, ‘the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world’. I wanted a school to strengthen those hands. My dream was to start a school which would serve both these ends.
" --- Rajmata Scindia A pioneer in social reform, she showed the same dedication to the people of Gwalior Throughout her life. That courageous soul will always be alive in our hearts.
By - Sanya S. Kaurav, Student Editor, AMI