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Real Personalities of Bikaner

Late Dr. Karni Singh
Maharaja of Bikaner

(Arjuna Awardee)

Maharaja Dr. Karni Singh was born on 21st April, 1924 eldest son of Late Sri Sadul Singhji Bahadur and grandson of Late Sri Ganga Singhji Bahadur. His preliminary schooling was completed in Bikaner. He did his B.A (Hons.) in history from St. Stephens College, Delhi. For his thesis 'Relationship of Bikaner Royal Family with Central Authority (1465-1949)' Bombay University honored him with Ph.d. He was elected Member of Parliament from 1952 to 1977 Lok Sabha (Indian Parliament). He married in 1944 to Princess Sushila Kumari, daughter of the Maharawal Laxman Singhji of Dungarpur. He succeeded his father in 1950. He was blessed with one son Maharaj Kumar Narendra Singhji, and two daughters, Princess Rajyashree Kumari and Princess Madhulika Kumari.
His father Shri Sadul Singhji of Bikaner, was the first prince to accede his state into the India Union at the time of Independence and thereby provided the important historic lead to all others to follow suit and which led to the creation of an United India. He was well known for his statesmanship, knowledge and services to the people.

He was a world known shooter. As an outstanding player, he participated in many Olympic and Asian Games in clay pigeon shooting and brought name and fame to India by winning gold and silver medals. At the IX Asiad in New Delhi in 1982, Dr. Karni Singh was the proud flag bearer of the Indian contingent at the open and the closing ceremony. He has been the unbeaten NATIONAL CHAMPION in Clay Pigeon Trap for 17 years, i.e. from 1960 to 1977. He competed in five Olympic namely- Rome, Tokyo, Mexico, Munich and Moscow. 
He was acclaimed with the Prestigious  Award 'ARJUNA AWARD' for shooting sports in 1962.
He was an ardent supporter of Rajathani Language and pleaded for its inclusion  in the 14th schedule of Indian Constitution. 
The sudden demise of Maharaja Dr. Karni Singh on 6th September 1988 was a blow to India in general and Bikaner in particular.

 International Medals won by Dr. Karni Singh

  • Silver Medal ,38th World Shooting Championships at Cairo(1962)
  • Second Asian Shooting Championships, Seoul (Korea), (1971) 
    He won Gold Medal for India in Clay Pigeon Trap individual event.
  • Second Asian Shooting Championships, Seoul (Korea): 1971
    Dr. Karni Singh with Princess Rajyashree Kumari, Princess Bhuvaneswari Kumari and 
    Maan Singh won the Clay Pigeon Bronze Medal.
  • Seventh Asian Games, Teheran (1974)
    Won a Silver Medal in Clay Pigeon and also won Bronze Medal in Skeet Shooting.
  • Third Asian Shooting Championship Kuala Lampur, (1975)
    Won the Silver Medal in Clay Pigeon Trap
  • British Clay Pigeon Championships in North Wales (1981)
    Won three Championships together, viz, North Wales Cup, North Western Cup  and Welsh Grand Prix.
  • Ninth Asian Games, Delhi (1982)
    Won Silver Team Medal for India.
  • Won the North western cup and the Welsh Grand Prix, England (1984)
  • The British grand prix in England (1985)
    Won the Veterans' Gold Medal.
 

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