Akshita M Bhanj Deo, from the royal family of Mayurbhanj in Orissa, eastern India. Photo: Handout Akshita M Bhanj Deo, from the royal family of Mayurbhanj in Orissa, eastern India. Photo: Handout
Akshita M Bhanj Deo, from the royal family of Mayurbhanj in Orissa, eastern India. Photo: Handout

From palace to hotel: how India’s royals are striving to stay relevant

  • Since India abolished the monarchy in 1971, its royal families have had to grapple with the changing role of nobility in the modern world
  • While they see themselves as ordinary Indians with a heritage to preserve, their relevance is declining in a nation where poverty is widespread and privilege frowned on

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Akshita M Bhanj Deo, from the royal family of Mayurbhanj in Orissa, eastern India. Photo: Handout Akshita M Bhanj Deo, from the royal family of Mayurbhanj in Orissa, eastern India. Photo: Handout
Akshita M Bhanj Deo, from the royal family of Mayurbhanj in Orissa, eastern India. Photo: Handout
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