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Rajmata Madhavi Raje Scindia takes her last breath at AIIMS, Delhi

In the early hours of today, the nation awoke to the news of the passing of Rajmata Madhavi Raje Scindia, a revered figure in Gwalior and a stalwart in social and cultural spheres. She breathed her last at 9:28 am at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, where she had been receiving treatment for pneumonia and sepsis over the past three months. Her demise marks the end of an era for the Scindia family and the broader community they have served for generations.

Madhavi Raje Scindia was not just a member of the illustrious Scindia dynasty; she was its heart and soul, deeply involved in philanthropic activities that have transformed countless lives in Gwalior and beyond. As the chairperson of 24 trusts, her efforts spanned across critical sectors such as education and healthcare. Her leadership and vision were instrumental in driving initiatives that aimed to uplift and empower the underprivileged.

Among her many contributions, she was the head of the board of governors at Scindias Kanya Vidyalaya, a premier institution dedicated to the education of girls. Her commitment to this cause reflected her broader belief in the transformative power of education, especially for young women. Under her stewardship, the school not only flourished but also became a beacon of hope and opportunity for many.

The loss of her husband, Madhavrao Scindia, a prominent politician and former Union minister, in a tragic plane crash on September 30, 2001, was a pivotal moment in her life. Yet, she channeled her grief into furthering his legacy. In his honor, she established the Maharaja Madhavrao Scindia II gallery within the palace museum, ensuring that his contributions and memories were preserved for future generations.

Known affectionately as the ‘Rajmata’ of Gwalior, Madhavi Raje Scindia was more than a figurehead; she was a guiding force in both her family and the community. Her son, Jyotiraditya Scindia, currently serving as the Union Minister of Civil Aviation, has often spoken about the profound influence his mother had on his life and career. As he campaigns for re-election in the Lok Sabha from Guna, Madhya Pradesh, her legacy continues to inspire his public service.

The announcement of her passing elicited a wave of condolences and tributes from across the political spectrum. BJP state president VD Sharma took to social media to express his sorrow and extend his sympathies to the Scindia family, acknowledging the significant void her absence leaves.

The impact of Rajmata Madhavi Raje Scindia’s work is immeasurable. Her dedication to philanthropy and cultural preservation has left an indelible mark on Gwalior. The trusts she chaired and the initiatives she championed will continue to benefit society, serving as a testament to her life’s work.

As the community mourns the loss of a distinguished leader, they also celebrate a life well-lived—a life that exemplified the values of service, compassion, and leadership. Rajmata Madhavi Raje Scindia’s legacy will undoubtedly endure, continuing to inspire and guide future generations.

In remembering Rajmata Madhavi Raje Scindia, we honor not just the matriarch of a royal family, but a woman whose contributions transcended her title. Her life’s work in education, healthcare, and cultural preservation has enriched the fabric of society, leaving a legacy that will be cherished and built upon. As we bid her farewell, we carry forward her vision of a better, more compassionate world.

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