Late Rajmata Mohinder Kaur, the mother of Punjab Chief Minister Capt.Amarinder Singh was a progressive lady who laid immense importance on her children’s education.
Capt.Amarinder’s authorised biography – The People’s Maharaja – by Khuswant Singh, quotes the Late Rajmata as saying “it was the Maharaja’s and my desire that our children obtain the best possible education.”She further says, referring to Capt.Amarinder, “I felt it was important for the Yuvraj to go to a boarding school at the earliest. With his sisters already in the boarding, he would have felt lonely at home. In fact, my younger son Malvinder went at a younger age than Amarinder. He couldn’t adjust at home once all the children had left.”
Both Rajmata and Maharaja felt education was important not only for development and progress but also for moulding one’s character and imbibing values that would last a lifetime.
With her philanthropic bent of mind, Rajmata was involved in several social works. Soon after independence, she worked for PEPSU – an organisation that offered food and medical help to refugees following the partition of the country. She entered politics in 1964 and got elected to Parliament for the first time in 1967.
The family shifted to Netherlands in 1971 when her husband was appointed India’s ambassador in that country. She returned to Patiala after her husband’s death and was since living at their New Moti Bagh Palace residence. She later dedicated her life to social causes.