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|Princely State of British India|
among all princely states shown in pink
|•||Indian integration of Junagadh||1948|
|•||1921||8,643 km2 (3,337 sq mi)|
|Density||53.9 /km2 (139.5 /sq mi)|
|Today part of||Gujarat, India|
However, during the collapse of the Mughal Empire, the Babis became involved in a struggle with the Gaekwad dynasty of the Maratha Empire over control of Gujarat during the reign of the local Mohammad Mahabat Khanji I. Mohammad Khan Bahadur Khanji I declared independence from the Mughal governor of Gujarat subah, and founded the state of Junagadh in 1730. This allowed the Babi to retain sovereignty of Junagadh and other princely states. During the reign of his heir Junagadh was a tributary to the Maratha Empire, until it came under British suzerainty in 1807 under Mohammad Hamid Khanji I, following the Second Anglo-Maratha War.
In 1807, the Junagadh State became a British protectorate and The East India Company took control of the state. By 1818, the Saurashtra area, along with other princely states of Kathiawar, were separately administrated under the Kathiawar Agency by British India.
In 1947, upon the independence and partition of India, the last Babi dynasty ruler of the state, Muhammad Mahabat Khanji III, decided to merge Junagadh into the newly formed Pakistan. However, the Hindu citizens, who formed the majority of the population, revolted, leading to several events and also a plebiscite, resulting in the integration of Junagadh into India.
- 1730–1758 : Mohammad Bahadur Khanji I or Mohammad Sher Khan Babai 
- 1758–1774 : Mohammad Mahabat Khanji I
- 1774–1811 : Mohammad Hamid Khanji I
- 1811–1840 : Mohammad Bahadur Khanji II
- 1840–1851 : Mohammad Hamid Khanji II
- 1851–1882 : Mohammad Mahabat Khanji II
- 1882–1892 : Mohammad Bahadur Khanji III
- 1892–1911 : Mohammad Rasul Khanji
- 1911–1948 : Mohammad Mahabat Khanji III (last de facto ruler)
Integration into India
With the independence of India in 1947, the princely states were left by the British to decide whether to accede to one of the newly independent states of India or Pakistan or to remain outside them. The Constitutional Advisor to the Nawab, Nabi Baksh, indicated to Lord Mountbatten that he was recommending that Junagadh should join India. However, upon the advice of Dewan Bhutto, on 15 August 1947, the Nawab announced that Junagadh had acceded to Pakistan. On 13 September, the Government of Pakistan accepted the accession.
The Hindu majority of Junagadh revolted, leading to the near-collapse of the state government, and a December plebiscite which overwhelmingly called for the integration of Junagadh into India. Nawab Muhammad Mahabat Khan III of Junagadh (erstwhile Babi nawab dynasty of Junagadh) left to live in Sindh, Pakistan.
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