Mahajara von Indore

The discovery of «Swissness»

It is June 14, 1960. This is the year John F. Kennedy becomes President of the United States of America. The Soviet Union wins the European Football Championships and Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita wins the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. This is the fifth time you are staying at the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne: it was love at first sight when you first came to Switzerland with its picturesque lakes and mighty Alpine backdrop. The valleys remind you a little of Kashmir in northern India.

You yourself are from Indore, an important commercial centre situated on central India's Vindhya Plateau, where the waters of the Kham and the Saraswati meet. Your name is Maharajah Sir Yashwantrao Holkar II. You originate from one of the most influential ruling dynasties in British India. In 1715 your forebear, Malhar Rao Holkar, founder of the Holkar dynasty, declares Indore to be the capital of the state of