response 2 ravindra jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja is just a pretext, Rajputs are the target.

Famous cricketer Ravindra Jadeja was recently in the center of a big controversy. He published a video of himself handling a sword. There was a description : “A “SWORD” MAY LOOSE IT’S SHINE, BUT WOULD NEVER DISOBEY IT’S MASTER #rajputboy” {sic} In a normal country, it would be ignored. After-all, it is not uncommon to celebrate and cherish family traditions even in foreign countries. In fact, people with no history of their own are known to celebrate even fictional characters and stories in US and Europe. Thus we have Thanksgiving, Halloween, comic-cons etc., a trend still largely unknown in India.

Tweet of Ravindra Jadeja:-

Where it all started : tweet of Ravindra Jadeja

But clearly, some people took offence to this display of caste pride by Jadeja and various comments were made on him and his caste, some in poor taste. I am giving screenshot of a few here.

The arguments implied in these comments were:-

  • Rajputs have lost to all the invaders, including Arabs, Turks, Afghans, Mughals, English since last 1400 years and therefore have no claim to bravery. Ironically, one Dalit Activist{who must surely have celebrated Bhima Koregaon} even laid the blame of English rule on Rajputs.
  • Rajputs were tyrant and evil rulers. They exploited the common people. Thus they have no right to caste pride.
  • Rajputs compromised with the invaders to maintain their rule including establishing marriage relations with Mughals. So, their claim to patriotism and bravery is false.

Clearly Islamists, Marxists, Atrocity peddling ‘Dalit activists’ were triggered by this tweet and used all their commonly peddled arguments here. The reason is quite clear. They cannot hear anything good about Hinduism and as soon as they hear something good, they are compelled to react. However, at least one good thing has come out of it. They have given me an opportunity to reply to all this propaganda against Rajputs and by extension Hinduism at one place. We will examine each claim separately and try to discern its truth. I will point out genuine weaknesses of Rajputs too so that no blame of partiality is laid at my door.

About Rajputs:

It is important to note here that Rajput Kingdoms were present not only in west of India in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat, but also in neighbouring areas of MP, present day UP, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. A large part of present day Pakistan was also ruled by Rajput for a long time. We hear of Rajputs first time after break-up of large empires of ancient India. They became prominent in early medieval period and many of their ancient royal families exist to this date.

Historians have theorized that the Rajputs were from different lineages and with time they became a separate caste. That is a needless controversy. Krishna in Geeta says :-

चातुर्वर्ण्यं मया सृष्टं गुणकर्मविभागशः।{The four Varna have been created by me according to Qualities and Actions/duties.}

As far as I am concerned, their deeds prove their Kshatriya varna. Anything else is superfluous. In this context, many Rajputs deny the Kshtriyatva of some other castes. But that is another story, we will discuss in another post. My views about such claims are as per above sloka{which does not include janma/birth as basis of Varna classification.}

Let us now examine the claims of detractors of Rajputs:-

Claim 1 : Rajputs lost to every invader in last 1400 years.

This argument is much bandied about and quite laughable. There is long list of battles in which Rajputs defeated or held equal against bigger and more powerful armies.

Against Arabs

The Arabs, now under influence of Islam, started their political expansion during the life of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, himself. Muhammad had the dream of reaching India{Hind} in the east. India to him was a paradise. Allegedly, he also made the prophesy of Ghazwa-e-Hind, popular among Pakistanis, Afghan Jihadis and ISIS types. Apparently, during end of times, India would be last country to fall to Muslims and the people in the army for conquest of India would attain paradise. Everytime, we see any past or present action of Islamists, we should keep in mind this particular prophesy. Anyways, after death of Muhammad, his successors tried to achieve this and repeatedly launched attacks on India.

This was the time, Islamic State under Khalifas{Caliphs} was spreading all over Arabia, West Asia, North Africa and eastern Europe. They had destroyed the ancient civilization of Persians and Egypt and reached upto South Spain. In India, they had conquered Sindh in 712 AD. What happened next?

The unstoppable force had hit an immovable wall. Islamic expansion in India stopped suddenly for three long centuries. There were many a great battles between Arabs and Rajput Kings. Among the great dynasties who should get the credit for this are Gurjara-Pratiharas, the Chalukyas of Deccan and Gujarat, the Rashtrakutas of Deccan, the Guhilas of Mewar, the Karkotas of Kashmir. Not all of them are Rajputs, but one dynasty that came most in conflict with repeatedly defeated Arabs was a Rajput dynasty- Gurjara Pratihars. It ruled a large area and most of West, North West and Central India was under its control. In fact, at this time, most of later Rajput dynasties were vassals of Gurjara Pratihars. Often, Arabs had to employ desperate means, like keeping the Surya Mandir of Multan in hostage. The temple was used to ward off Hindu retaliators, as the Muslim rulers would threaten to destroy the revered idol in case of invasion.

Thus, this charge of defeat against Arabs in unfounded. In fact, Rajputs inflicted serious defeats after defeats on Arabs for 3 centuries. Some important personalities and leaders who defeated Arabs during that period are:-

Against Turks

By the ninth century, Turks, newly converted to Islam, had become more powerful than the Arabs. It is well-known that a recent convert is more zealous for his religion. In Hindi they say “नया मुल्ला प्याज ज्यादा खाता है”{A new Muslim eats more onions.} Thus, Turks were more eager to prove their allegiance to Islam. They started attacks on India starting in 10th century. The most famous of early Turkish invaders was Mehmud Ghazni. In the wake of collapse of Gurjar Pratihars, he made seventeen raids in India, finally demolishing and looting Somnath in 1025. Rajput King Paramar Bhoj of Malwa assembled an army to attack him, however he avoided confrontation and never returned to India again. His nephew Salar Gazi attacked India but was so comprehensively defeated at Bahraich that Turks did not dare to attack India for another 150 years.

The Ghurids Turks under Muhammad attacked India first in 1178, he was defeated by the Chalukyas led by their Queen Naikidevi. He thereafter came in conflict with Chauhans of Ajmer and Delhi. Rajput King Prithviraj Chauhan famously defeated him in First Battle of Tarain, but again he was left alive. One of the weaknesses of Rajputs was showing mercy to the enemy. It cost the Chauhan ruler dear. Next year, Ghori defeated Prithviraj and killed him. However the Chauhan dynasty survived and challanged Turks for decades, as seen in the list below.

Historians treat the period after that of Muslim dominance in North India. However, there were many battles, victories and rebellions by Rajputs in the next centuries, some of which I have listed below:-

  • Siege of Ranthambore (1236) – Vagbhata Chauhan recaptured Ranthambore during the reign of the Delhi ruler Razia.
  • Siege of Ranthambore (1248) – Vagabhata Chauhan successfully defended the fort against Nasir ud din Mahmud.
  • Siege of Ranthambore (1253) – Vagbhata Chauhan repelled another invasion from the Mamluks.
  • Siege of Ranthambore (1259) – Nasir ud din Mahmud captured Ranthambore from Jaitrasingh Chauhan.
  • Siege of Ranthambore (1283) – Shakti Dev Chauhan recaptured Ranthambore from the Mamluks.
  • Battle of Ranthambore (1290) – Jalaluddin Khalji attacked Hammir Deo because of his rising power. Jalaludin’s forces were defeated by Hammir.
  • Siege of Ranthombore (1301) – Hammir Deo defeated Alauddin Khilji’s generals Ulugh Khan and Nusrat Khan; later, Alauddin defeated Hammir Deo.
  • Battle of Chittor (1321) – Maharana Hamir Singh defeated the Tughlaq dynasty and recovered Mewar.
  • Battle of Singoli (1336) – Maharana Hamir Singh defeated Tughluq and annexed Ajmer, Ranthambhore, Nagor and Shivapuri.
  • Battle of Sarangpur (1437) – Maharana Kumbha defeated Sultan Mahmud Khilji of Malwa.
  • Battle of Mandalgarh and Banas (1442-1446) – A series of battles took place between Mahmud Khalji of Malwa and Maharana Kumbha of Mewar. Bloodied by these engagements the Sultan did not attack Mewar for another ten years.
  • Battle of Nagaur (1456) – Maharana Kumbha defeated the combined armies of Shams Khan (Sultan of Nagaur) and Qutuddin (Sultan of Gujarat) and captured Nagaur, Kasli, Khandela and Shakambhari.
  • Battle of Mandalgarh (1456) – Sultan Mahmud attacked Mandalgarh, he sent seven detachments to attack the Maharana from multiple directions. The Malwa forces under Taj Khan and Ali Khan suffered heavy losses in battle against Maharana Kumbha after which Mahmud retreated the next morning.
  • Siege of Kumbalgarh (1458-9) – Sultan Mahmud besieged Kumbalgarh but finding the fort too strong he retreated back to Mandu.
  • Battle of Nagaur (1467) – Sultan Mahmud invaded Mewar and fought a battle with Maharana Kumbha, but retreated after taking heavy losses. This was the last battle fought between the two rivals.
  • Battle of Gagron (1514) – Maharana Sangram Singh I defeated Sultan of Gujarat.
  • Battle of Khatoli (1518) – Maharana Sangram Singh I defeated Ibrahim Lodhi.
  • Battle of Ahmadnagar (1519) – Maharana Sangram Singh I captured Sultan Mehmud of Malwa.
  • Battle of Dholpur (1519) – Maharana Sangram Singh I defeated Ibrahim Lodhi.
  • Battle of Gagron (1519) – Maharana Sangram Singh I defeated Mahmud Khalji of Malwa.

This is not an exhaustive list. Truth is apart from a brief time during reign of Allauddin Khilji {1301-1316} and Muhammad bin Tughlaq{1325-1335; he ruled until 1351 in a much reduced area}, most of India was independent of Delhi Sultans’ rule. Vijaynagar was founded in 1335-36 and Mewar also came into prominence during this period. I have already written a post on how Madurai Sultanate was destroyed by Vijayanagar.

Against Mughals and Afghans

In the sixteenth century, Lodis were defeated by Mughals, who in alliance with some Rajputs, created a large empire. They had to contend with Afghans for North India. Rajputs fought many battles against Mughals and Afghans until 18th century and won in many. Famous Rajput warriors like Chandrasen Rathore, Maharana Pratap, Durgadas Rathore, Maharana Raj Singh defeated the Mughals. A list of battles in which Rajputs defeated Mughals and Afghans is given below:-

  • Battle of Dewair (1582) – Maharana Pratap attacked a Mughal stronghold which resulted in the flight of Mughal soldiers and closing of all the thirty-six Mughal posts in Mewar. I have written a post on how Maharana Pratap defeated Mughals.
  • Battle of Dewar (1606) – Fought in a valley 40 km from KumbalgarhMaharana Amar Singh defeated and killed Sultan Khan, the Mughal prince Muhammad Parviz fled from the battlefield with his commander Asaf Khan.
  • Mughal Invasion of Marwar (1679-1707) : Aurangzeb took Marwar under his direct control after the death of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. The Rathore army under Durgadas Rathore carried out a relentless struggle against the occupying forces. In 1707 after the death of Aurangzeb, Durgadas defeated the local Mughal force and reoccupied Jodhpur and their lost territories.
  • Battle of Udaipur (1680) – Aurangzeb attacked Mewar and plundered Udaipur. The citizens were safely escorted to the Aravalli hills by Maharana Raj Singh. However, 63 temples in and around Udaipur were plundered and many villages burnt down by Aurangzeb’s general Taj Khan. The Mughal army was eventually starved out of Mewar because of the scorched earth techniques and guerrilla warfare used by the Maharana. After a failed campaign Aurangzeb left Mewar to his son Akbar and retreated to Ajmer.
  • Battle of Aravalli hills (1680) – In the second half of 1680, after several months of such setbacks, Aurangzeb decided on an all-out offensive. Niccolao Manucci, an Italian gunner in the Mughal army, says: “for this campaign, Aurangzeb put in pledge the whole of his kingdom.” Three separate armies under Aurangzeb’s sons Akbar, Azam and Muazzam penetrated the Aravalli hills from different directions. However, their artillery lost its effectiveness while being dragged around the rugged hills. Sons Azam and Muazzam were defeated by the Rajputs who fought under Durgadas Rathore and Maharana Raj Singh.
  • Battle of Jodhpur (1707) – Durgadas Rathore took advantage of the disturbances following the death of Aurangzeb to seize Jodhpur in 1707 and eventually evict the occupying Mughal force out of Marwar.
  • Rajput Rebellion (September 1708) – The three Rajput Raja’s of Amber, Udaipur and Jodhpur made a joint resistance against the Mughals. They first expelled the commandants of Jodhpur and Bayana and recovered Amer by a night attack. Next they killed Sayyid Hussain Khan Barha, the commandant of Mewat and many other officers. Bahadur Shah I, then in the Deccan was forced to patch up a truce with the Rajput Rajas on humiliating terms.
  • Battle of Raona (1750) – The Mughal Empire invaded Marwar to collect taxes but were repelled by the armies of Raja Ram Singh Rathore and Ishwari Singh Kachwaha.

Apart from these, Hemchnadra Vikramaditya inflicted 22 defeats on Mughals. Bundela Rajputs under Chatrasal defeated Mughals multiple times, Rani Karnawati of Garhwal not only defeated Mughals but also cut off the noses of defeated soldiers.

Thus, this charge is completely devoid of truth. Rajputs may have been naive in upholding rules of war, too generous in sparing the enemy and too brave for their own good. They were also not good neighbors and sometimes attacked each other for the sake of thrill. Fighting for a thousand years took its toll on them. They ultimately were subjugated by English, but not before the Rajput Kingdom of Nepal gave them a bloody nose. Even in 1857, who can forget the undefeated Babu Kunwar Singh of Bihar?

Claim 2 : Rajputs were tyrants and evil rulers.

Many critics say that Rajputs were evil tyrants. Hindi movies which show Rajputs as cruel, drunkard, characterless Zamindars has also done its part in perpetuating this narrative. The truth is far from it and much more complex. I put forward the following arguments to refute this claim:-

  • The ancient Hindu ideal of governance is one providing justice for all. King is to not discriminate among his subjects on the basis of religion and dispense speedy and quick justice. Although Muslims destroyed Hindu-Jain-Buddhist temples, not a single major instance of a Rajput or Hindu King doing the same to mosques is available. Similarly, not a single major instance of forced conversion, slaughter of unarmed citizens, enslaving of Muslims is known by Rajputs. It is all too common in accounts of Muslim rulers. There are multiple instances of protection given to minority populations of Muslims, Jews, Parsis and Christians etc. by Hindu Rajput Kings.
  • Taxation policy of Hindus was much more liberal than that of Muslim rulers. Muslim rulers often demanded more than 50% of the produce and also levied Jizya on non-Muslims. There was complete equality in terms of religion in Rajput and other Hindu Kingdoms as no extra tax was levied on Muslims. Further tax demand was often 20-25% of the produce. As Chanakya said : “Tax should be like how sun obtains vapour. Vapour comes back to land as rain and tax should also enrich the country.” It is a fact that during rule of Hindu Kings, share of India in world GDP was more than 30% but it reduced to 23% during Mughal rule.
  • Modern critics apply modern notions of equality to Rajput Kingdoms. They forget that in medieval times, equality was non-existent in any society in the world. Still, Rajputs treated their subjects much better. They did not enslave like in Arab countries or Europe. They got willing cooperation from their common subjects. An example of this is the cooperation of Chief Punja of Bhils with Rana Pratap. The caste of Gadia Lohar, who repaired arms of the soldiers of Rana Pratap is another prominent example.
  • A test can be performed to know the cruelity of Rajput Kings. Let us call this democratic test. Even today, there are numerous MPs and MLAs who are from the royal families of Rajputs. Who is now coercing the common people to vote for them? Clearly they still enjoy popular support in India. Rajput caste is not a numerous one, but they get support from all sections of society, not only Rajputs. Let us say the so-called higher castes support Rajputs. Still, the combined population would be insufficient to win the election, until the common people supported them. Compare this with Muslim rulers. Very few Nawabs have won elections in India. Many have left the country, but those who remain are not very popular among their erstwhile subjects.

I hope my readers are satisfied with these arguments. Hindu Kings and Rajputs still remain in existence on the basis of popular support. Where are the Great Mughals, Nawabs of Awadh and Bengal, Nizams of Hyderabad? Dead. Gone. Forgotten.  

Claim 3 : Rajputs claim to bravery is false.

I hope reader might have surmised about Rajput bravery from the victories I have listed in refutation of claim 1 above. This section will be short and mainly discuss Rajputs’ bravery in defeat and praise of their bravery by their enemies.

  • The enemies of Rajputs have often had praise for their bravery. One of the most famous example is installation of the statue of Jaimal and Patta by Akbar at his palace. Similarly, in Dehradun{the city I live in}, there is aplace called Nalapani. English have made a memoral there for their Gorkha Rajput enemies who fought them honourably and fiercely. After a prolonged siege, they ultimately broke through the besieging army of English.
  • Bravery in face of certain defeat is quite rare. In most parts of the world, people surrender when defeated. Rajputs fought to death. Be it the Saka and Jauhars, the battle of Dharmat, or the sacrifice of Major Shaitan Singh, there is a countless list of Rajput warriors who made supreme sacrifice for country, freedom and religion.
  • Although there was no historical Jodha Bai as wife of Akbar, but the system of Doli among the Rajputs was certainly present. The vassal Rajputs sent their daughters to Mughals for marriage. It started from the house of Amber. The reason must be because there was no natural defence between Delhi and Amber at that time against Mughals and Afghans. Also, king of Amber was being harassed by Maldeo Rathore of Jodhpur. With time as more Rajputs became Mughal vassals, they customarily gave their daughters in marriage. Often they gave daughter from their Muslim wives/concubines. Only the House of Mewar never did that. But still this is one black spot on the good name of Rajputs. However, it did afford their common subjects security from Muslim attacks and forced conversion etc.

Conclusion

Rajputs in today’s India are not rulers anymore, but they have a rich and glorious history and its celebration is not an offence by any standards. However, the Islamists, Marxists and Ambedkarites have a different agenda. In true Rajput fashion, Ravindra Jadeja answered them in his next tweet.

I hope you liked this post. Do read my other posts and if you have any comments, post below.

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24 Replies to “Ravindra Jadeja is just a pretext, Rajputs are the target.”

  1. First time I have read the kind of true analysis of facts and reasons that I myself always wanted to write about this whole Rajput criticism trend set since independence by pseudo seculars and communist propagandists using books and bollywood.
    More such analysis would help the people of this country celebrate their heroes as every country does except us…because we have been mislead into believing that our heroes were no heroes. They sacrificed generations after generations for Raj-dharm and now our books calls them exploiters.

    Thank you Pandey ji for such beautiful analysis.

    1. Dear Pramod Singh Shekhawat ji,
      Thank you fir such generous words.
      I would like to read your blog too, please mention it in the comments. With God’s grace and good will of people like you, I will certainly write more such posts.
      Indeed calling Rajput Kings as exploiters is in fashion even though all evidence points to the contrary.
      Please share this blog with people you know so that it gets wider publicity.

      Thanks and regards,
      Pawan Pandey

  2. Grateful to you Pandey ji for this article. The venom that was on display in response to Jadeja’s original post was mainly by the Dalit/OBC activist types and of course, the peaceful community. But there were many comments from those too who did not belong to these categories and that was the most regrettable aspect of all.

    1. Dear Vikram Chauhan ji,
      We are all grateful to the brave Rajputs for protecting Dharma and country for hundreds of years. Indeed, the impact of biased history textbooks and propaganda by self-serving Marxist, Islamist and Dalit leaders have made many Hindus into self hating wretches. I request you to share this blogpost so that at least sane people can be disabused of such notions.
      Thanks and regards,
      Pawan

    2. Yes true…some were questioning things like why Rajputs never allowed others to carry weapons..how absurd …do they allow general public to keep assault rifles and grenades or for that matter even a sword in today’s democracy?? …are general public allowed to venture into military establishments without any restrictions.. ‘TRESPASSERS WILL BE SHOT AT’ is what you will find written at such places today ..but something similar will be shown as a caste discrimination in a bollywood movie…
      Most of these discrimination and exploitation allegations if interpreted correctly were just administrative necessities of a military regime continuously under threat from invaders.
      Facts are the same but when u distort the interpretation and play with the minds of unsuspecting public that’s when u get a Rajput bashing ‘successful’ bollywood movie.

      1. Pramod ji,
        The premise itself is false. Others did carry weapons. The support by Bhils to Rana Pratap in Haldighati debunks this narrative.
        Regards,
        Pawan

  3. This was a great article. But you didn’t mention the maratha regime and their 27 year war with the mughals. Shivaji raje was a sisodia rajput.

    1. Dear Bishansingh ji,
      Thanks for the kind words. Shivaji Raje was indeed a Rajput. However not all Marathas are Rajputs. Most Maratha Sardars were from non-Rajput stock. However, this does not lessen their contributions for Dharm-raksha one bit. They have earned the eternal gratitude of Hindu society on the basis of their heroic deeds. I will make a separate post on Marathas and their heroic deeds. Please share this blog with your friends.
      Thanks and regards,
      Pawan

  4. Let me begin by admitting that I appreciate in full measure the intent and purpose behind this article as also the method used and facts shared to debunk the false narratives which were meant that mock and demoralise the Rajput community in the wake of those tweets coming from Ravindra Jadeja Twitter handle.

    Although, I appreciate the general spirit with which you approached this article, I must confess there are issues which could be easily contested by scholars well versed in history.

    I will produce a brief summary below.

    1. Rajputs were not some new people who suddenly appeared from nowhere on the political landscape of India. These Rajput clans are infact the legitimate inheritors of the Vedic kshatriya clans and republics. It is well known that Johiya Rajputs of our times are the descendants of the Yaudheyas as noted by Alexandar Cunningham and others. Likewise, several clans such as the Katochs of Kangra have their genealogical tradition going back into remote antiquity by several centuries. Likewise, it is very clear that Moris were in possession of both Mewar and Sind before the Arab invasion. The Chachnama clearly establishes the connection between the Rai dynasty of Sindh and the Moris of Mewar. Moris still exist in Agra as well as Khandesh and are well connected with other Rajput clans through marital relationships. I can still add more data here. The point is that Rajputs are not some new people. They are descendents of old kshtriyas clans. Even today they are known by different names in different regions such as Thakurra, Rajputs, Darbar, Bapu, Babusaheb etc. The name Rajput became more prominent around 12 century but these kshtriyas clans have remote antiquity.

    2. Secondly, Rajputs are kshtriyas because they descended from Kshatriya and not because they were raised to this ritual status. So comparing them with upshots such Marathas etc is unfair.

    3. Chalukyas or the later Solankis and their cadet brach the Vaghelas/ Baghels are all Rajputs. One might like to read the ” Glory that was Gurjardesh” by KM Munshi to know more. The Chalukya king of Gurjaras Siddharaja was the maternal grandfather of Someshvara, the father of celebrated Prithviraj.

    4. Prathihars, Chalukyas, Guhilots, Rashtrakutas are all kshatriya who later came to be known as Rajputs. So your statement that “All were not Rajputs..” was not valid historically. The inscription of Rashtrakutas feudatories of Prathihars from 9th century from Hastingunta has been recovered. They were well connected with the other clans such as Chauhans through marriage. I can share it with you if you like.

    1. Dear Kushagra ji,
      Thanks for reading and for your kind words. I would try and respond to your concerns:-
      1. I have never said that Rajputs are not Kshtriyas. Of course the Kshtriyas of old just did not disappear. I have not disputed their Kshtriya status. In fact I have not even gone into that controversy in the present article. It is outside its scope. I have made a small remark that their actions prove their Kshtriyatva. I am sure you will agree with that.
      2. You may think that comparing Rajputs with Marathas is unfair. You are of course entitled to your opinion. I think that both protected the Dharma and for that Hindu society is indebted to them both. It is no secret that Shivaji was inspired by Maharana Pratap. As far as their Kshtriyatva is concerned, I have clearly stated that my definition of Kshtriya stems from Geeta. Kshtriya is as Kshtriya does.
      3. I do acknowledge that Chalukyas/Solankis are Rajputs. I have not claimed otherwise in the article, so I am not sure why you raise this point.
      4. I maintain that not all who faced Arabs were Rajputs. Rashtrakutas became Rajputs in the form of Rathores later, but at the time of their conflict with Arabs, Dantidurga had still not performed Hiranyagarbha ritual. Similarly, Karkotas cannot be called Rajputs. The King Dahir of Sindh himself was not a Rajput.

      I do not think I have treated Rajputs unfairly in this piece. I would be happy to answer any other questions.
      Thanks and regards,
      Pawan

      1. No, I never said that your treatment of Rajputs was unfair at all. Far from it , it’s a very good article and debunks a particular politically motivated false narrative which is malicious and reeks of prejudice. I merely hinted that some readers may naturally draw wrong conclusions that Rajputs were a new people from some of the lines that the article carries. So, I thought I should mention it.

        As you mentioned that some of the lineages involved in the Indo- Arab wars were not Rajputs, I thought I should mention that Chalukyas, Prathihars, and Guhilots et al are all Rajputs. As for Rashtrakutas, I feel we can discuss them some other day because an elaborate discussion about them would quite frankly be unnecessary here.

        1. Thank you for the reply. I hope people will also read the comments and be enlightened by your comments. I would certainly welcome tho opportunity for a discussion on the Rashtrakutas in future. They are one of the most remarkable dynasties in India who have held territory for at least 1300-1400 years and produced many heroes and works of art.
          Please share this post with your friends,
          Thanks and regards,
          Pawan

  5. Hi Pawan ji,

    The article had almost everything when it comes to contributions of Rajputs in Bharatvarsh’s history and how over a long period of time people tried to put stains on their historic contributions.
    I often fall into such debates wherein I am found defending the Rajput culture, history and war memorials against negative section of society. Thanks to Bollywood as well. Later after every discussion or arguement I have found that people with whom I fall in debate with are people who did not even learn anything about such long history of our country. These are the people who knows history as it was shown to them. Most part of our great history is not available for everyone and excluded out from schools too. Moreover Indian education system talks more about Mughal history,culture,decision, expansion, market policies blaa..blaa blaa…..

    But when it comes to History of so many great rulers, those pages are still not taught. So problem is from root.

    Rajputs who take pride in their history is not negative. Why one should not take pride in his/her history?

    I really want to write more but more than that I really want to thank you for writing this article. My heartfelt thanks. I would really want to discuss so many things with you on so many topics which can help current and future generations. Thanks and thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Dushyant Pratap Singh Gaur

    1. Dear Dushyant ji,
      Thank you for the generous praise. Debating with prejudiced people is of no use, but we should definitely try to convince our on confused brothers and sisters. The role of bollywood is of course, very important.
      I am always open for discussion and I am sure it will be a pleasure talking to you. Please share this post with your friends too.
      Thanks and regards,
      Pawan

  6. Gr8
    आपने इनके मंसूबों को अच्छी तरह पेश किया। 🙏🙏

  7. बहुत सुंदर पांडेय जी। यह लेख काफी कुछ मिलता जुलता है जो मैंने अभी तक अपने घरों में देखा है, क्षत्रिय परम्परा, हमारेकर्तव्यों और स्वधर्म अर्थात क्षात्र धर्म के प्रति उनकी दृढ़निष्ठा ही हमको क्षत्रिय बनाती है। यह सही है कि हमारे कर्म ही हमारे क्षत्रित्व के सबसे बड़े संवाहक हैं लेकिन वह कर्म हमारी सहस्त्रों वर्ष की साधना और पूर्वजों के आनुवंशिक गुणों से ही मिले हैं। यदि हम अपनी क्षात्र दिनचर्या को पूर्वजों की भांति पालन करते हुए आगे बढ़ते हैं तो हमेशा हमारे घरों से आज भी शौर्यवान क्षत्रिय पैदा होंगे। जिस वर्ण में आपका जन्म हुआ है, उस वर्ण के कर्तव्यों और उसके वर्णधर्म का पालन ही सनातन परंपरा के अनुसार आदर्श सामाजिक व्यवस्था है, वह किसी दूसरे वर्ण का धर्म पालन नहीं करे तभी सामाजिक समरसता और आर्थिक समृद्धि रहेगी। उक्त बातें मैने इस आधार पर लिखी है कि ऊपर के लेख में शायद वर्ण को जन्मना न मानकर कर्म के आधार पर बताया गया है बाकी मैं देहरादून में ही कालिदास रोड पर हूँ, भूगोल से पीएचडी जमा करने वाला हूं। एक बार आपसे भेंट करने की इच्छा है।

  8. आपकी लेखनी को साधुवाद।यह सत्य है कि आततायियों से लम्बे संघर्ष व सैन्य सेवा के कारण क्षत्रियों में स्वंय का आधुनिक बुद्धिजीवी वग॔ का विकास नहीं हो पाया जो ऐतिहासिक युद्धों,घटनाओं इत्यादि का सही चित्रांकन कर सके फलस्वरूप जो इतिहास वास्तव में हमारी वत॔मान पीढीयों को आधुनिक काल में पढाया जा रहा है वह त्रुटिपूण॔ ,मिथ्या तथा भ्रामकता लिये है।भारतीय रियासतों के ब्रिटिश भारत से विलय के उपरांत आज के भारत का राजनैतिक स्वरुप सामने आया,परंतु ब्रिटिश भारत के विभिन्न उच्च शिक्षण संस्थानों पर शुरु से ही एक खास विचारधारा के लोगों का आधिपत्य रहा है जो क्षत्रियों के स्वाभाविक प्रतिद्वंद्वी है उनके द्वारा
    क्षत्रियों से सम्बंधित भ्रामकता भारतीय जनमानस में योजनाबद्ध से प्रचार प्रसार किया गया जिसमें स्वतंत्रता उपरांत अस्तित्व में सरकारों का भी परोक्ष अथवा अपरोक्ष रुप से प्रक्षय रहा है। वास्तविक इतिहास को पाठकों के समक्ष प्रस्तुत करने का आपका प्रयास निश्चय ही सराहनीय है।

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