Princely State

A Princely State (also called Native State or Indian State) was a nominally sovereign entity of the British Indian Empire that was not directly governed by the British, but rather by an Indian ruler under a form of indirect rule, subject to a subsidiary alliance and the suzerainty or paramountcy of the British crown.

There were officially 565 princely states when India and Pakistan became independent in 1947, but the great majority had contracted with the Viceroy to provide public services and tax collection. Only 21 had actual state governments, and only four were large (Hyderabad State, Mysore State, Jammu and Kashmir State, and Baroda State). They acceded to one or other of the two new independent nations between 1947 and 1949. The accession process was peaceful except in the case of Jammu & Kashmir (which became bitterly divided between India and Pakistan) and Hyderabad. All the princes were eventually pensioned off.

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Other Princely States
... British Empire Princely states existed elsewhere in the British Empire ... the naval routes to, British India, some important enough to be raised to the status of salute states ... A number of Arab states around the Persian Gulf, including Oman, the present-day United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, were British protectorates under native rulers ...
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... Kashmir was a Muslim-majority princely state, ruled by a Hindu king, Maharaja Hari Singh ... At the time of the partition of India, Maharaja Hari Singh, the ruler of the state, preferred to remain independent and did not want to join either the Union of India or the Dominion of Pakistan ... He wanted both India and Pakistan to recognise his princely state as an independent neutral country like Switzerland ...

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