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Misriote

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The family traces its ancestry back to the Darbar of Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab and beyond. Basically a trading family, it came into great wealth and fame during the days of British paramountcy in India. The most illustrious ancestor was Rai Bahadur Sirdar Sujan Singh who built many buildings for public and personal use in Rawalpindi and other places in what is now Pakistan. Some of these building have collapsed over the years but quite a few still stand in majestic grandeur in Rawalpindi. The government has taken them over and is utilizing them for public welfare. Sirdar Sohan Singh, grandson of R.B. Sirdar Sujan Singh was granted armorial rights by way of colours and coat of arms by His Majesty King George V through the Duke of Norfolk.

Misriote Farm, named after the ancestral lands in Pakistan, was established by Colonel Shamsher Singh, Rajvallabh, M.A. (Cantab), Minister in waiting and A.D.C. to Major General His Highness Sir Pratapsingh Rao Gaekwar, Maharaja of Baroda. He married a German, Renee, daughter of Prof. Hans Karl Doring who has to his credit, the creation of many of the early sculptures of Indian leaders, the most prominent being that of Mahatma Gandhi, the statue of which stands outside the Town Hall in Vadodara. Prof. Hans Doring built the first glider in India which now stands in the Safdarjung Air Museum.

Ishwar Singh, son of Col. Shamsher Singh and the present Sirdar of Misriote & Katarain completed his schooling from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s VM Public School in Baroda and subsequently studied at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in commerce. He was the “Best Cadet” of Gujarat during his stint with the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and has won many medals in rifle shooting at state level matches. In the year 2000, after his graduation, Ishwar asked his father whether he could take up agriculture at his own farm as his life’s profession. He asked for a year’s time during which he could make his ideas crystallise. At the end of the year, Ishwar had decided that he would stick to the agrarian lifestyle and would pursue organic agriculture.

He married Princess Gyaneshwari Bilkha, eldest daughter of Yuvraj Mahindrasingh Bilkha, s/o Capt. Darbar Shri Jaswantsinghji Rawatvala, Chief of Bilkha State, Saurashtra, India. They have a young son, Tikka Aryan Singh