Election for all 26 seats in Gujarat is scheduled to be held on April 30. A lot has been discussed on the Gujarat model of development ahead of the polls. These photos are a nostalgic flashback to a state unsullied by controversies and show a period in history when princes and princesses ruled the state. From 1680 to 1980, the Gujarat of colonial and post colonial times show the fascinating transition from Indian and British rule to a state of democracy.
Circa 1980: Students driving round on a truck are seen rejoicing over the resignation of the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr Chimanbhai Patel.
1982: Portrait of KS Ranjitsinhji taken in 1982 in Jamnagar, India.
Circa 1680: The trading post established by the British East India Company at Surat.
Circa 1950: Sir Pratap Sinha Baroda Maharajah and Gaekwar of Baroda, with horse trainer Fred Armstrong (left).
Circa 1955: An Indian man stands at the gateway to the fort of Uparkot at Junagadh, India.
16th April 1940: A Dudia mass meeting in the Indian port and city of Surat in the Gujarat.
24th February 1948: In the Palace of Jam Saheb in Jamnagar, officials gather at the inauguration ceremony of the new United States of Kathiawar, in western India. The Jam Saheb of Nawanagar (wearing turban) is sworn in as Rajpramukh of the State, and his six cabinet members similarly take the oath. Seated on the far left is Sardar Patel, Deputy Prime Minister of India, and the furthest left of the six ministers is Mr Dhebar, the new Prime Minister of Kathiawar.
Circa 1901: During the famine in Ahmedabad, the hungry wait to be given food.
January 1947: Two elephants fighting in the great arena in Baroda City, western India, as part of the birthday celebrations for the Maharaja of Baroda.
7th July 1959: The Maharani of Baroda attending a Derby day race in Hamburg.
1863: A group of Muslim women from Surat standing by a wall in Bombay. The three women are wearing everyday middle-class attire.
Circa 1980: A girl peers from behind a door as police guard a grain shop which had been looted during riots in Ahmedabad.