Message from a Proud Jat – Be Proud of Who You Are
This message from a Proud Jat will strike cord with everyone. Instead of wishing you were someone else, be proud of who you are and everything you’ve overcome. Instead of complaining about what you don’t have, be thankful and grateful for what you have that other’s dream for. Try to realize the fact that there are people out there who will never have, what you have right now. Be thankful and stop complaining, be proud of who you are and look forward to who you will become. These things are easy to put down in to words, but not that easy to apply in real life. But Deekshant Sahrawat a proud jat has proved us wrong by his message. Read what this proud jat has to say to this world.
“I am a proud Jat and I have never felt the need for reservation at any stage of my life. I am from a family of army-men, and I do not think what happened at Patiala House premises is any kind of patriotism. I would not see the JNU battle as anything more than an attempt by political thoughts on either side of the center to present their view as supreme.
A lot of what I write may seem contradictory and only parts of it may align with your views of on these issues. And a lot will ofcourse be illogical – because emotions and logic rarely move together.
Nearly two-thirds of the male members of my family on any of the so many sides are army-men – my real brother, my first cousins, my second cousins, my real brother-in-law, my nana, my mama, my chacha, my fufa, my father-in-law, my brother’s father-in-law and the list goes on. And of course all of them, by virtue of their birth, are Jats. My brother and my first cousin are gallantry award winners, peace-time and war-time, respectively. The present army chief, Gen. Suhag, is from the same village as my mother, and is her cousin.
I also went to a school which has probably produced one of the highest number of officers for the Indian armed forces and has a depressingly long (and proud in equal measure) list of martyrs, many of whom I had the privilege of knowing, or atleast seeing, while they were at school. I am in awe of all these gentlemen – from humble backgrounds, mostly from villages, and a vast majority being Jats. I never saw anyone of them feeling the need for reservations. And ofourse, majority of these who went via NDA, are technically graduates of JNU, the anti-India university that we now know so well. Then of course from the non-army ones, there are so many Jats who have excelled – Randeep Hooda and Meghna Malik come to mind immediately. Vijender, the champion boxer, comes from my city and my guhand (a cluster of neighboring villages for those of you who don’t know). And I have always loved Viru – the Sehwag – that additional bit because he is a gentle Jat.
I also come from a decidedly non-affluent background. Both my parents were teachers in State Government Schools (they didn’t need any reservation either). Having to take care of an extended family (being the eldest on either side) I know that in the late 70’s they took a loan from the PF for winter clothing and blankets etc. The rent of the place we lived in till 1986 was Rs.50 per month. We didn’t have a flush toilet till 1986 (don’t embarrass and ask me how we managed each day). Each one of us siblings has done just fine, and never felt the need for reservation. I could extend the thought to my grandfather, a farmer, whose sons became teachers or joined the army and daughter married an army-man. I am sure a mere mention of reservation for Jats would see him lose his gentle exterior. Most of us would have perhaps simply have been too proud to seek “backwardness” or “support” of any kind.
And you could replace me and my family and my school with that of just about any regular Jat from Haryana and the story wouldn’t be too dissimilar.
So, when a politically motivated agitation seeks to paint all Jats with a single stroke as violent and lawless people – I am distraught.
When my hometown and the entire route to my hometown seethes and burns and is under curfew – I feel helpless.
When a post on my FB wall says “If violence is all that Jats understand, then Violence is what they should get” – I feel judged and misunderstood.
When I see videos of armed police entering the Jat University premises at night – apparently unprovoked – i wonder.
When I see inciting speeches of a BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini in an already emotive environment – I wonder.
And when I hear clips of politicians egging on violence in parts hitherto untouched – i wonder.
And I wonder if those who judge, or even I, know the whole thing as well as they should.
I wonder why so many other affluent communities continue to benefit from reservation despite their not deserving it.
I wonder if those who have a problem with Jat reservation are equally vocal or active in removing reservation itself – of all kinds and from all places.
I wonder if any political party has the balls to even vocalize the intent of doing away with reservation – because it is unfair.
For me, reservation for Jats is not at stake – equality of all is. Let’s talk about both.
I am pretty sure no Jat worth his salt would want or seek reservation, if you could just do away with reservation entirely.
And I am sure that someday somehow that too shall happen. Because the moment you ball-lessly allow it for the Jats, you open up other doors for others and this will go on and on.
I still do not need any reservation. I won’t take it even if the law allows it – even for my kids.
Do I support violence – hell, NO! Not unless it is the kind during which Captain Pawan Kumar (a Proud Jat again) lost his life while fighting terrorists in J&K yesterday. And I prefer and pray that terrorists are always at the receiving end of it.
But I do reserve the right to ask that my community not be judged from the comfort of your chair unless you can do something more about equality – not constitutional, but judgmental.
Be equally vocal and critical of your friends who are where they are because of reservation.
Do not sit and tolerate a wrong practice simply because it exists while condemning those who seek to adopt it afresh. It is not too dissimilar from owning nuclear weapons and seeking that no others seek to produce it.
Finally, some of my best friends and brothers are non-Jats and I am as proud of them as I am of my being a Jat.
I have done nothing to be a Jat – it is accidental. So is my being born in India – and hence, my nationalism.
I am proud of both – because I know no other way, even as I struggle to answer many questions about JNU and Jat agitation, about my nationalism and my roots.
And anti-national or not, I am anti-reservation for sure.”
Kudos to this proud jat for who thought of nationalism more than the caste based reservation system. Let’s raise above caste based reservation system, it’s difficult but not impossible. Couldn’t agree more. You nailed it Deekshant Sahrawat.