Jat stir cost Rs. 300 Crore to railways

Train services resumed partially in Haryana Sunday as Jats seeking job quotas vacated tracks after around three weeks, the protests costing the railways Rs.300 crore, officials said. Railway officials are checking the tracks to see if any wear and tear has taken place. 'Rail traffic has been partially resumed, and soon it will be in full flow,' an official said here. The official said the three weeks of crippled train services in Haryana caused a whopping loss of Rs.300 crore.
Jats blocked rail tracks at several places to press their demand that a portion of government jobs should be set aside for them under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) quota. The worst-hit districts were Hisar, Bhiwani and Jind. The protesters Saturday withdrew their agitation after the government gave a written assurance that their demand would be examined. 'We will wait for six months. If they again betray us, we will re-launch the protest,' said Hawa Singh Sangwan, president of the Haryana Jat Arakshan Samiti.

Mayawati supporting Jat Agitation - Ajit Singh

Rashtriya Lok Dal president Ajit Singh accused the Mayawati government of sponsoring and patronizing the recent Jat agitation that affected the rail movement on Lucknow-Delhi route for over two weeks causing inconvenience to thousands of commuters. However, Ajit clarified that he supports the demands of Jats for their quota in central government jobs under OBC category. Addressing a press conference in Lucknow on Saturday, Singh claimed, “Jat stir was sponsored and backed by the Mayawati government. Mayawati supported the Jat agitation as she is afraid of RLD.” Singh said that Samajwadi Party had started their agitation in UP when Jat stir was going on in J P Nagar. “Mayawati government had brutally assaulted SP workers to suppress their agitation. But no action was taken against Jat community people,” he said.
The RLD chief said that he supports the demand of Jats but he criticized the manner of agitation that cause inconvenience to public. “Agitation and dharna should be for communicating message to government but it should not affect the life of common man,” he said. He said that Jats were getting reservation in six states and their demand for the same in central services was justified.

Bhupinder Singh Hooda - Haryana CM

Bhupinder Singh Hooda is an Indian politician, a leader of the Indian National Congress and the current Chief Minister of Haryana. He became the chief minister of Haryana for the first time in March 2005. After the Haryana assembly elections of 2009, he again became the chief minister in October 2009
He was a Member of the Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha) for four terms in 1991, 1996, 1998, 2004 and the Leader of Opposition in Haryana's Legislative Assembly from 2001 to 2004. Ch. B.S. Hooda also served as the President of HPCC (Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee) from 1996 to 2001. For three consecutive Lok Sabha terms he entered Indian Parliament, defeating Ch. Devilal, another Jat leader, in electoral battles fought in the Jat heartland of Rohtak in Haryana. Hooda has led various farmer movements in Haryana. He is from the Indian National Congress. He is also a Member of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana.

Chaudhary Devi Lal former Deputy PM of India

Chaudhary Devi Lal Sihag was an Indian politician, freedom fighter, Chief Minister of the state of Haryana and Deputy Prime Minister of India. He was born in a Jat Hindu family of Sihag clan on 25 September 1914 in Teja Khera village of Sirsa district in Haryana, India. His mother's name was Shugna Devi and father's name was Ch. Lekh Ram Sihag.Ch. Lekh Ram was a wealthy Jat landlord of Chautala village and he owned 2750 bighas of land. Ch. Devi Lal, whose original name was Devi Dayal, received education up to middle and also trained as a wrestler at an 'Akhara' in Badal village (Punjab). On Mahatma Gandhi's call, both he and his elder brother Ch Sahib Ram, left their studies unfinished to take part in the freedom movement. His son Om Prakash Chautala is also a former Chief Minister of the state of Haryana . He belongs to the Jat clan of Bagris.
Chaudhari Devi Lal is credited for having taken several decisions in the interest of the farming community and the rural people, among whom he is popularly known as 'Tau' (Elder Uncle). He died on April 6, 2001 at the age of 86. He was cremated at "Kisan Ghat" on the banks of the river Yamuna. "Kisan Ghat" is the samadhi of another popular leader of the farmers, Choudhary Charan Singh, former Prime Minister of India.T

Choudhary Bansi Lal - Architect of modern Haryana

Chaudhary Bansi Lal was an Indian freedom fighter, senior Congress leader, former Chief Minister of Haryana and considered by many to be the architect of modern Haryana. He was born in a Jat family of Golagarh village in Bhiwani district of Haryana. He served three separate terms as Chief Minister of Haryana: 1968-75, 1985-87, and 1996-99. Bansi Lal was considered a close confidante of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi during the Emergency era in 1975. He served as the Defence Minister from December 1975 to March 1977, and had a brief stint as a Minister Without Portfolio in the Union government in 1975. He also held the Railways and Transport portfolios. Lal was elected to the State Assembly seven times, the first time in 1967. He set up Haryana Vikas Party after parting ways with the Indian National Congress in 1996.

Chaudhary Charan Singh former PM of India

Chaudhary Charan Singh was the fifth Prime Minister of the Republic of India, serving from 28 July 1979 until 14 January 1980. Born into a Kshatriya Jat family of Tevatia clan in 1902, Charan Singh entered politics as part of the Independence Movement. After independence he became particularly notable in the 1950s for opposing and winning a battle against Nehru's socialistic and collectivist land use policies, for the sake of the Indian Farmer, which endeared him to the agrarian communities throughout the nation, particularly in his native Uttar Pradesh.
The leader of the Bharatiya Lok Dal, a major constituent of the Janata coalition, he was disappointed in his ambition to become Prime Minister in 1977 by Jayaprakash Narayan's choice of Morarji Desai. He settled at the time for the largely honorary post of Deputy Prime Minister of India. However, the internal stresses of the coalition's government caused him to leave the government with the former Lok Dal, after being promised by Mrs. Gandhi the support of the Congress Party on the floor of the House in any efforts to form a government. He was sworn in as Prime Minister with the support of just 64 MPs. During his term as Prime Minister the Lok Sabha never met. The day before the Lok Sabha was due to meet for the first time the Indian National Congress withdrew their support from his Bharatiya Lok Dal Government. Choudhary Charan Singh resigned and fresh elections were held six months later.

Sahib Singh Verma Former Delhi CM

Sahib Singh Verma was born on March 15, 1943 in Mundka Village, Outer Delhi was an Indian politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He served as Chief Minister of Delhi (1996-1998) and as member of parliament (1999-2004). He was a senior vice-president in the BJP. He died on June 30, 2007, when his car collided with a truck on the Alwar-Delhi highway.

Om Prakash Chautala former Haryana Chief Minister

Om Prakash Chautala (born 1 January 1935) is an Indian politician from the state of Haryana and the leader of the Indian National Lok Dal political party. He is a former Chief Minister of Haryana. Presently, he is the Leader of Opposition in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha.
Chautala is the son of Chaudhari Devi Lal, a former deputy prime minister of India. He was born in a Jat family of Sihag gotra. He was the Chief Minister of Haryana from 2 December 1989 to 2 May 1990, from 12 July 1990 to 17 July 1990, again from 22 March 1991 to 6 April 1991 and finally from 24 July 1999 to 4 March 2005.

Balram Jakhar - Former Governer of Madhya Pradesh

Dr. Balram Jakhar is a well-known Indian politician and parliamentarian and former Governor of Madhya Pradesh. He was born in Jat family of Jakhar clan in Panchkosi village of Ferozepur district in Punjab now in abohar on 23 August 1923. His father’s name is Chaudhari Rajaram Jakhar and mother’s name is Patodevi Jakhar. His present generation (Ch. Sunil Jakhar) is serving as politicians in and near Abohar city which is Sub Tehsil for his native village Panjkosi. His son Surender kumar Jakhar died of a gunshot wound while cleaning in Abohar, firozpur on Monday 17th January 2011.

Baldev Ram Mirdha - Kisan Kesari

Baldev Ram Mirdha was a great social reformer of the Marwar region in Rajasthan, India. He was born in a Rad gotra Jat Hindu family of village Kuchera in Nagaur district in Rajasthan in 1889. His father’s name was Mangla Ram ji. His family was given the work of Department of Post and Telegraph. “Mirdha” was the title awarded to his family for this work by then ruler of Jodhpur. He was founder of ‘Marwar Kisan Sabha’ and ‘Rajasthan Kisan Sabha’. Baldev Ram Mirdha is popularly known as Kisan-Kesari.

Ram Niwas Mirdha from Barmer, Rajasthan

Ram Niwas Mirdha (24 August 1924 – 29 January 2010) was an Indian politician from Rajasthan. He served as member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from 1953 to 1967 and as speaker of the assembly from 1957 to 1967. Mirdha was as a cabinet minister of the Government of India for several departments during the 1970s and 1980s and became of member of the Lok Sabha for Barmer, Rajasthan, from 1991 to 1996. He was a member of the executive board of UNESCO from 1993 to 1997

Parasram Maderna from Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Shri Parasram Maderna (born July 23, 1926) is a leader of Indian National Congress from Rajasthan, India. He was born in Hindu Jat family of Maderna gotra. He belongs to Chadi Village in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan.
He joined and worked with Baldev Ram Mirdha through Marwar Kisan Sabha & then Rajasthan Kisan Sabha, which led agrarian movement resulting in abolition of Jagirs in erstwhile estates of Marwar & Mewar by passing the historic 'Tenancy Law' enabling cultivating farmers to be ‘owners’ of their own land. With the merger of Kisan Sabha into Indian National Congress he started his public career in 1953 by getting elected to very basic of democratic level as Sarpanch of Village Chadi and then moving on to getting elected nine times as Member of Legislative Assembly Rajasthan. In the course of his public and political life he has been a minister in Rajasthan Cabinet of General Administrative, Revenue, Panchayat Raj, Cooperative, Forest, Colonization, Rehabilitation, Flood, Famine, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Community Development, Local Bodies and Sheep & Wool, Energy, Irrigation Departments.

Nathuram Mirdha from Nagaur, Rajasthan

Nathuram Mirdha was a parliamentarian, freedom fighter, social reformer and popular farmer leader of Marwar region in Rajasthan, India. He was born in a Rad gotra Jat Hindu family of village Kuchera in Nagaur district in Rajasthan on 20 October 1921.
Nathuram Mirdha was simple, soft-spoken but talented personality. He was committed to the service of people especially farmers. He was friendly with every person who came in his contact. He was straightforward and man of words. He organized a massive farmer gathering at Jodhpur under the Chairmanship of Sir Chhotu Ram. He joined the Institution of farmers “Kisan Sabha” founded by Baldev Ram Mirdha as Secretary in 1946. Nathuram Mirdha visited every village of Marwar region and had person-to-person contact. He united farmers of Marwar against the oppression of Jagirdars under the banner of “Marwar Kisan Sabha” and “Rajasthan Kisan Sabha”. These Institutions developed into very strong organizations and became instruments of social change in abolition of Jagirs and spread of education.

Kishan Singh Sangwan from Sonepat, Haryana

Kishan Singh Sangwan (born 15 June 1948) is a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represents the Sonepat constituency of Haryana and is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) political party.

Ram Singh Kaswan from Churu, Rajasthan

Ram Singh Kaswan (born 10 August 1945) is leader of Bharatiya Janata Party and Member of Parliament from Churu in Rajasthan, India. He was born on 10 August 1945 at village Kalri in Churu district (Rajasthan). He was born in the family of Hindu Jat of Kaswan clan. His father’s name is Deep Chand and mother’s Kastoori Devi.

Natwar Singh from Bharatpur, Rajasthan

Natwar Singh, popularly known as Kunwar Natwar Singh (born May 16, 1931, Jaghina, Bharatpur, Rajastan, India) is an Indian politician and former cabinet minister. On November 7, 2005, he was removed from his post as Minister in charge of External Affairs under a cloud of scandal and became a minister without portfolio. Named by the U.N. Independent Enquiry Committee (popularly known as Volcker committee) as a beneficiary of illegal payoffs in Iraqi oil scam, he was forced to resign from the Cabinet on December 6, 2005.

Narendra Budania from Churu Rajasthan

Narendra Budania is a politician of the Indian National Congress from Churu in Rajasthan, India. He won Member of Parliament elections from Churu in 1985, 1996 and 1998. Presently he is Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan. He was born on 5 July 1956 in the family of Late Choudhary Pratap Singh Budania, a Hindu Jat, in village Dudhwa Khara, Churu District, (Rajasthan). He married with Smt. Kanak on 2 March 1980. He has got Two sons.

Sis Ram Ola from Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan

Sis Ram Ola is a member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India. He represents the Jhunjhunu constituency of Rajasthan and is a member of the Indian National Congress. During 15th Lok Sabha elections BJP was unable to find a candidate in his opposition and his win was very clear from the beginning of elections.
He is born in a jat family of ola gotra and he belongs to aradawata village near chirawa. He considers bangothari as his second village and he was close to late Shri Jaikaranram poonia of bangothari who was pradhan from surajgarh panchayat simiti. He started girls education in a remote area in rural Rajasthan with three girls in the school known as Indira Gandhi Balika Niketan Ardawata in 1952; as a result of these efforts during 1952-96, brought Jhunjhunu district to third place in literacy (in Rajasthan).

Col. Sona Ram from Barmer, Rajasthan

Col. Sona Ram is an Indian politician, a member of the Indian National Congress political party and a former member of the Lok Sabha representing Barmer constituency in Rajasthan, India.
He did B.E., Fellow (F.I.E.) from M.B.M. Engineering College, Jodhpur (Rajasthan) and Institute of Engineers (India). He passed out of the Indian Military Academy in 1966 and commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Artillery Corps of the Indian Army. He served in 1971 War in Eastern Front. He retired from the Army as a Full Colonel in 1987.

Sumitra Singh from Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan

Sumitra Singh is a politician from the Indian state of Rajasthan. She was the first woman speaker in Rajasthan's history. In 2003 she won the assembly election on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket and was unanimously elected Speaker of the 12th Rajasthan Legislative Assembly which she held until January 2009. She is a senior Jat leader from the Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan; Mrs. Singh was elected to the Assembly for nine out of twelve terms (1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1985, 1990, 1998, 2003) from the Jhunjhunu constituency.

Subhash Maharia from Sikar, Rajasthan

Subhash Maharia (born 29 September 1957) is a former union minister of state, rural development in Government of India. He was minister from 1999 to 2004. He is a leader of Bharatiya Janta Party and was a member of 12th, 13th and 14th Lok Sabha from Sikar in Rajasthan.
He was born on 29 September 1957 in village Kudan in the Sikar District, Rajasthan in the family of Brijmohan Maharia, a Hindu Jat of Maharia gotra. He graduated from S.K. College in Sikar. He is an athlete and represented his state and university in many National competitions. He got married to Sushma Maharia on 12 December 1980. They have a son and a daughter.

Sanwar Lal Jat from Ajmer, Rajasthan

Sanwar Lal Jat was a cabinet minister in Government of Rajasthan .He held portfolios of irrigation, Indira Gandhi Nahar Pariyojana, PHED, CAD, Ground Water Dev. He won election to Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Bhinai in Ajmer district .He is a senior leader of state Bharatiya Janata Party.
He was born in 1955 and educated to M Com and Ph.D. He was a professor before joining politics. He is married to Narbada and they have two sons and a daughter.

Chaudhary Ajit Singh - RLD President

Chaudhary Ajit Singh is a prominent Jat of the TEVATIYA group leader from Western Uttar Pradesh, India. He is the founder and chief of the Rashtriya Lok Dal, a political party recognised in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. He was born on 12 February 1939 at village Bhadola in the Meerut District of Uttar Pradesh. He is the son of former prime minister of India and Jat leader Choudhary Charan Singh. He is married and has one son and two daughters. His son Jayant Chaudhary is a member of 15th Lok Sabha.
Ajit Singh was educated as an engineer at Lucknow University, IIT Kharagpur and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has a special interest in agriculture and modern technology. He worked in the U.S. computer industry for 17 years, returning to India in the late 1980s to revive the Lok Dal party founded by his father Charan Singh.

Bhanu Prakash Mirdha from Nagaur, Rajasthan

Bhanu Prakash Mirdha (born 27 March 1953) is an Indian politician and a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is a former member of Lok Sabha. In 1997, he was elected to the 11th Lok Sabha from Nagaur constituency in Rajasthan state defeating Ram Niwas Mirdha.
Born in 1953 he was educated at Delhi University. He is agriculturist by profession. He is son of Nathuram Mirdha.

Mahendra Singh Tikait - Bhartiya Kisan Union(BKU) President

Mahendra Singh Tikait is a popular Indian leader of farmer's from Western Uttar Pradesh in India. He was born in 1935 at village Sisauli in Muzaffarnagar District of Uttar Pradesh, India. He is a Jat of Raghuvanshi gotra. He is Choudhary of Balyan Khap.
He is a farmer leader and President of Bharatiya Kisan Union(BKU). He has led a number of mass Kisan movements against the state and central governments in India to support the rights of the farmers. He lead many international delegations with him around the globe.[citation needed]The character of Kisan movements since the 1970s has been a matter of considerable debate. Bhartiya Kisan Union(BKU)works in close cooperations with international organizations like La Via Campesina,Farmers Coordination Committee India etc. The BKU received national attention in 1988,when its supporters organised a virtual siege in Meerut in pursuit of higher prices for Sugarcane, cancellation of loans and lowering of water and electricity rates

Nathuram Sinodia from Ajmer Rajasthan

Nathuram sinodiya is 3 Times and Current MLA from Kishangarh in Rajasthan and one of renowned Jat Leader in Rajasthan. He is a farmer by occupation and belogs to a village nearby Kishangarh. He is elected MLA from Congress party. Recently one of his son is abducted and Killed by Land Mafia in Rajasthan. He is real jat as per person known to him.

Satveer Singh Chaudhary

Satveer Singh Chaudhary is an American politician and a former member of the Minnesota State Senate who represented District 50, which includes portions of Anoka and Ramsey counties in the northern Twin Cities metropolitan area. He is a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He was the first South Asian American to hold an elected office in Minnesota, and also one of the youngest senators in the history of that state.
On August 10, 2010, Chaudhary was defeated by former Rep. Barbara Goodwin in the Minnesota primary election, receiving 30.09% of the total votes. He left office on January 4, 2011, when his successor was sworn in. With his departure, and the 2010 retirements of Senator Mee Moua and Representative Cy Thao, there are no individuals of Asian descent currently serving in the Minnesota Legislature.

Mahendra Choudhary - Former Prime minister of Fiji

Mahendra Pal Chaudhry (born 9 February 1942) is a Fijian politician (of Balhara descent) and the leader of the Fiji Labour Party. Following a historic election in which he defeated the long-time former leader, Sitiveni Rabuka, the former trade union leader became Fiji's first Indo-Fijian Prime Minister on May 19, 1999, but exactly one year later, on May 19, 2000 he and most of his Cabinet were taken hostage by the hardline Fijian nationalist leader George Speight, in the Fiji coup of 2000. Unable to exercise his duties, he and his ministers were sacked by President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara on May 27; Mara intended to assume emergency powers himself but was himself deposed by the military leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama. After 56 days in captivity, Chaudhry was released on 13 July and subsequently embarked on a tour of the world to rally support. He was one of the leading voices raised in opposition to the Qarase government's proposed Reconciliation and Unity Commission, which he said was just a mechanism to grant amnesty to persons guilty of coup-related offences. In January 2007 he was appointed as Minister of Finance, Sugar Reform Public Enterprise and National Planning in the interim Cabinet of Commodore Frank Bainimarama, following another coup. Chaudhry is also co-chair of the task force focusing on economic growth within the National Council for Building a Better Fiji.

Jat in Indian Army

A large number of Jat people serve in the Indian Army, including the Jat Regiment, Sikh Regiment, Rajputana Rifles and the Grenadiers, where they have won many of the highest military awards for gallantry and bravery. Jat people also serve in the Pakistan Army especially in the Punjab Regiment, where they have also been highly decorated. The Jat Regiment is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army, it is one of the longest serving and most decorated regiments of the Indian Army. The regiment won 19 battle honours between 1839 and 1947and post independence 5 battle honours, eight Mahavir Chakra, eight Kirti Chakra, 32 Shaurya Chakra, 39 Vir Chakra and 170 Sena Medals. Major Hoshiar Singh of Rohtak won the Param Vir Chakra during Indo-Pak war of 1971. Rohtak district in Haryana, which has a high density of Jat people, has the distinction of producing the highest number of Victoria Cross winners of any district in India.
The Jat people were designated by British officials as a "martial race", a designation created by officials of British India to describe peoples that were thought to be naturally warlike and aggressive in battle. The British recruited heavily from these martial races for service in the colonial army.

Mahabali Satpal

Satpal was born on 1 February 1955 in Bawana village of Delhi. He is the National Heavyweight Champion as many as 16 times. He won the Silver in each of the three Commonwealth Games he competed, Auckland in 1974, Edmonton in 1978 and Brisbane in 1982. But picked up Cold in the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships held in Edmonton (1979) and Perth (1981). He won Bronze in the 1974 Asian Games in Teheran but went on to claim a Silver in the 1973 edition of the Games held in Bangkok. He also settled for a Silver in the 1979 and 1981 editions of the Asian Wrestling Championship, He thrice participated in the World Championship, finishing 4th in Teheran, 5th in Mongolia and 6th in Amsterdam. "Mahabali" Satpal now functions as Deputy Director of Education, Delhi.
Satpal has been crowned with every conceivable wrestling title and these include:
* Bharat Kumar (Delhi 1973),
* Rustom-e-Hind (Ludhiana 1974, Pune 1975 and Rohtak 1975),
* Bharat Kesari (Delhi 1975),
* Rustom-e-Bharat (Kohlapur 1975),
* Maha Bharat Kesari (Jaipur 1976),
* Mahan Bharat Kesari (Delhi 1976),
* Rustom-e-Zama (Pune 1976),
* Hind Kesari (Ghaziabad 1977),
* Bharat Shri (Delhi 1978) and
* Bharat Balram (1979).

Chandagi Ram - Indian wrestler

Chandagi Ram was One of the best-known wrestlers of 60s and early 70s, who had a huge fan following throughout the country. Tall and well built, he was known as much for his wit and humour as for his reach and tricky holds over his opponents. He earned his name in the Indian style wrestling and his bouts always attracted huge crowds. His bouts against Mehr Din of Rajasthan for the 'Hind Kesari' title used to be packed with drama. With titles like 'Hind Kesari', 'Bharat Kesari', 'Bharat Bhim', 'RusCom-e-Hind' and 'Maha Bharat Kesari', he was the natural choice for the Arjuna Award in 1969 followed by the Padma Shri in 1971.
Born on 9 November 1937 in Kaliramna Jat gotra at 'Sisai' village in Hissar district of Haryana, Chandgi Ram passed his matriculation and then obtained a diploma in arts and crafts. For a short spell he served as a sepoy with the Jat Regimental Centre of the Indian Army and then picked up the job of a drawing teacher in a school. It was his stint as a school teacher that earned him the name of 'Master' and he came to be known as Master Chandgi Ram. The turban added to his stature.

Seema Antil - Indian Athlete

Seema Antil(born July 27, 1983) is an Indian Jat athlete. She won the silver medal in the discus throw at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. She is winner of Bronze Medal at Delhi Commonwealth Games - 2010. Antil originally won the gold medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships, but lost it due to a positive drugs test for pseudoephedrine. This being a minor drug offense, she was issued a public warning by the IAAF and thus not suspended. She won a bronze medal at the next World Junior Championships in 2002.

Ramavtar Singh Jakhar - Volleyball player

Ramavtar Singh Jakhar is an International Volleyball Player from Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan. He was born at Nawalgarh on 15 May 1970 in the family of Shri Navrang Singh Jakhar, Ex. MLA from Nawalgarh in Rajasthan. Shri Navrang Singh Jakhar belongs to village Jakharon Ki Dhani (Dhamora village) in Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan.
Ramavtar Singh did BA from Rajasthan University. He is working as Dy. Manager with State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, at Head Office, Tilak Marg, Jaipur.

Dungra ram Choudhary AIR-1 in ITT JEE 2002

Dugraram Choudhary is a real hero from Rajasthan Soil. This youngester at his teen age made a mile stone in the history of Rajasthan. He deserve to be part of this rajasthanitakies.com. Dungra Ram Choudhury has got AIR-1 in IIT JEE 2002. He is a idol and inspiration to those who tend to think that JEE is not for the students hailing from small towns. He has done his B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur. He hails from the tribal district of Jalore in Rajasthan.
So people work hard no dream is too big. when he can do why not you..he is also just a normal person like you and me.

Ravi Shankar Godara

Ravi Shankar Godara, born 07 August 1989, B.Sc. Ist year student, from village Alakhpura Godaran in Laxmangarh tehsil, Sikar, Rajasthan. His father is Mr.R.S.Godara(Farmer) and mother Mrs. Gomti Godara(House Wife). He did Schooling from Emmanuel Mission School, Jaipur. He is a Jat wizkid, He has broken many records & won many competitions on Memory.
Placed in Guinness Book of Records 2007 for memorizing 17 out of 20 names & Birth dates in 2 minutes & broke the earlier record set by Mr. Roy of remembering 14 names, in the same period.

Baljit Singh Dhillon - Indian hockey player

Baljit Singh Dhillon (born June 18, 1973) is a field hockey midfielder from India, who made his international debut for the Men's National Team in 1993 during the test serie against South Africa. Nicknamed Balli, Singh Dhillon represented his native country at three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, where India finished in eighth place.

Gyan Prakash Pilania

Gyan Prakash Pilania is an eminent personality of Rajasthan in India. He was officer of the Indian Police Service. He is a social reformer and leader of farmers in Rajasthan. He was born on 18th February 1932 in a Jat Hindu family of Chaudhary Budh Ram of Pilania gotra in village Amarpura of district Ganganagar in Rajasthan, present Hanumangarh district, in India.
Gyan Prakash Pilania was a talented student since beginning. He did MA in History and Hindi. He is Sahitya Ratna and Ph.D. in History. He studied in Manchester University to complete his two years study on 'Public Administration'.
Joined Indian Police Service Gyan Prakash Pilania qualified UPSC and Joined Indian Police Service on 7 October 1955 in Rajasthan Cadre. He became Superintendent of Police in 1959 and served at Chittor, Nagaur, Dungarpur and Ajmer in that capacity. He remained on deputation to government of India for eight years in Central Bureau of Investigation and as DIG in Delhi administration. He was also Director Vigilance in Department of Commerce.

Harshavardhana - Jat Emperor

Harsha or Harshavardhana (590–647 AD) was a Buddhist Jat emperor who ruled Northern India for over forty years. He was the grandson of king Pushyamitra of Thanesar and son of Prabhakar Vardhana. At the height of his power his kingdom spanned the Punjab, Bengal, Orissa and the entire Gangetic plain North of the Narmada River. He ruled from 606-647 AD.
After the downfall of the Gupta Empire in the middle of the sixth century C.E., North India reverted back to small republics and small monarchial states. Harsha united the small republics from Punjab to Central India, and they, at an assembly, crowned Harsha king in April 606 AD when he was merely 16 year old.

Chandra Gupta Maurya

Chandra Gupta Maurya was the founder of Mauryan Empire (321BC-184 BC). We have little knowledge about the early life of Chandra Gupta. Some historians regard him as a prince of the Nanda dynasty while others try to associate him with a poor family. His mother Mura is said to belong to a low caste family. Neverthless, he held a high rank in Nanda army. Mauryans being Jats, were denigerated by Brahmans and are termed even Shudras to show their cotempt. Even historians like Romila Thapar are confused. She says – “Chandra Gupta belonged to the Moriya tribe, but his caste was low, the family appearently being Vaishyas. The young Mourya and his supporters were inferior in ardent strength to Nand.” Infact Maurya was not a caste but it was a gotra of Jats which is still found in Jats. Gupta was his title and not the caste. He was a warrior of Jat caste.
Mor, Maurya, Maurana are Jat gotras of very old standing. Hence the rule of this dynasty has been given a high place in history of Jats. Mahavamsa describes Chandra Gupta as coming of Kshatriya clan of Maurya: "Mauryanam Khattyanam vamsha jata". (Geiger Trans p 27). It means "Mauryas are Kshatriyas of Jat clan".

SS Sirohi - CGM BSNL Punjab Circle

S.S. Sirohi was born in Jat family of Sirohi clan and now days working as CGM(Chief General Manager) of BSNL Punjab Circle and also president of Indian Telecom Service Association (ITSA). S.S. Sirohi is an Indian Telecom Service (ITS) officer of 1977 Batch. He has been unanimously elected president of the Indian Telecom Service Officers' Association (ITSA). Mr. Sirohi also worked as General Manager (Business Development) in the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL)-Delhi.
ITSA,a body of over 3,000 Class-I telecom service officers,is an association of Group A central civil services employee working in the Department of Telecomunications (DoT), BSNL, MTNL, and TCIL.

Jat agitation withdrawn after talks with Hooda

The agitating Jats in Haryana have withdrawn their agitation late tonight following a meeting of their leaders with the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Jind. In a statement issued here today, the Chief Minister said that those agitating have agreed to lift all blockades and dharnas with immediate effect. He said that it has also been decided to set up a Haryana Backward Classes Commission within a month. The Commission would consider the demand of communities of Roar,Jat, Jat Sikh,Tyagi,Bishnoi and any other community who wish to be under the ambit of the Backward Classes in the State.
They have now agreed to lift all blockades, especially after the Supreme Court directed the Haryana and UP governments to immediately control the situation. The Commission would consider the demand of communities of Roar, Jat, Jat Sikh, Tyagi, Bishnoi would come under the ambit of the Backward Classes. Also, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan governments to ensure that supply of essential commodities including water to the national capital was not disrupted in the wake of threats by Jats agitating for q

uota in central jobs.

Jat agitation continues despite High Court orders

In the wake of Supreme Court's directive to the governments of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to ensure that the supply of water and other essential commodities to Delhi is not affected, the Central Government has called a meeting of top civil and police officers of the three states tomorrow to discuss ways to deal with the Jat agitation, demanding a quota for their community in government jobs. According to reports, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai will review the law and order situation of the three states with the Chief Secretaries and Director General of Police (DGPs). Pillai will take stock of the security situation, including the needs of the state, and chalk out plans so that train and road traffic and the flow of essential commodities are not disrupted by the Jat agitation.
The Supreme Court had on Thursday offered a pointed critique of the 'support' being given by the Chief Ministers of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to the Jat agitation. The apex court also ordered the governments of Rajasthan, UP and Haryana to ensure that the supply of water and other essential commodities to Delhi is not affected. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had also asked the Haryana Government to explain why Jat protesters, who have planted themselves on tracks linked to nearly 15 key train routes have not been removed. Jat leaders earlier held talks with Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik to find a solution to their jobs reservation demand and also for selection of students in educational institutes. But there have been no amicable solution so far.

Jats need no reservation: Mahendra Singh Tikait

Meerut, Mar 25 (PTI) Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Mahendra Singh Tikait has opposed the Jat agitation over quota in Central government jobs and said the community needs no reservation."Jats need no reservation and the agitation is only a publicity stunt," he said yesterday Tikait said that he was hurt with the agitation being continued in the name of "Jat" which disrupted train services and blocked the highway causing difficulty to several lakh people.

Lothoo Nitharwal - revolutionary freedom fighter

Lothoo Nitharwal was a revolutionary freedom fighter of Rajasthan, India. He struggled all his life with the objective to oust British rule from India and get the people freed from exploitation by jagirdars and establish democracy. He was a socialistic radical thinker and pioneer social reformer at a time when one could not even think of freedom.
He was known as Lothoo Jat. His alternate names were Lothoo Singh, Lothoo Ram, Loth, Lothan, Lot, Lotia, and Lohat etc. He was born in 1804 in a Hindu Jat family of Nitharwal gotra in town Ringas of Shekhawati region in Rajasthan.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh - Indian freedom fighter

Bhagat Singh was an Indian freedom fighter, considered to be one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. He is often referred to as Shaheed Bhagat Singh. He was born to a Jat Sikh family which had earlier been involved in revolutionary activities against the British Raj, Singh, as a teenager, became an atheist and had studied European revolutionary movements. He also became attracted to anarchism and marxist ideologies. He became involved in numerous revolutionary organizations. He quickly rose through the ranks of the Hindustan Republican Association (HRA) and became one of its leaders, converting it to the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA). Singh gained support when he underwent a 64-day fast in jail, demanding equal rights for Indian and British political prisoners.[12] He was hanged for shooting a police officer in response to a police lathi charge leading to the demise of veteran freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai. His legacy prompted youths in India to begin fighting for Indian independence and contributed to the rise of socialism in India.

Hemant Lamba

Hemant Lamba is the recipient of the ‘Green Oskar’award for his work on distribution of reliable and cheap solar devices in 12 Indian states. Lamba and his teammates successfully delivered affordable, reliable and renewable energy products (in the form of solar panels), benefiting about 80,000 people. The Ashden Trust of the Sainsbury’s trusts in Britain set up the awards in 2001. Each award comes with $50,000 towards improving the project.
Lamba and his team have brought government, banks, non-governmental organisations and manufacturers together to deliver products that are relatively effective and affordable. 250 local people have been trained in maintaining the power supply through renewable energy resources. Lamba is now working to make these projects more popular. Lamba's goal is to attract private enterprises to set up new networks and franchises to link all these elements.

Gurbaksh Singh Chahal

Gurbaksh Singh Chahal (born July 17, 1982) is an American entrepreneur and author. By the age of 25, he founded two advertising companies worth $340 million, and more recently appeared on several TV shows and published a memoir. Chahal was born in City Tarn Taran Sahib in Punjab, India to Avtar Singh and Arjinder Chahal. In 1982, his parents received a visa for America through the Diversity Visa (DV) program, also known as the Green Card Lottery, and the following year, when he was four, the family settled in San Jose, California.
On December 15, 1998, aged 16, Gurbaksh Chahal dropped out of high school to work full time at his first venture, ClickAgents. ClickAgents was an advertising network focused on performance-based advertising. Chahal had a three year non-compete agreement with ValueClick. On January 12, 2004, Chahal formed BlueLithium. On October 15, 2007, Yahoo! bought Blue Lithium for $300 million in cash. Chahal remained CEO of the company through the transition period.

Gaurav Dhillon CEO of Informatica

Gaurav Dhillon is the founder and former CEO of Informatica Corporation, a company whose market cap exceeded a billion dollars, 2006, on the Nasdaq. Forbes magazine said, in 2001, that Informatica “has become Silicon Valley’s latest darling; the phrase “the next Microsoft” has been also used by Forbes magazine.
Gaurav Dhillon is currently the chairman and founder of online movie site Jaman. Based in San Mateo, California, Jaman enables users to download full-length feature films to their computers, using the company's proprietary video player. Gaurav Dhillon is also the Chairman and CEO of SnapLogic, an Enterprise focused open source SaaS data integration software development company. He is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.

Thakur Deshraj - A Social worker and Freedom fighter

Thakur Deshraj was a social worker, journalist, nationalist, freedom fighter and author of many books. He was from Rajasthan state in India. He was revenue minister in the princely state of Bharatpur.
Thakur Deshraj came to Pushkar in 1925 in the adhiveshan of All India Jat Mahasabha, which was presided over by Maharaja Kishan Singh of Bharatpur. Sir Chhotu Ram, Madan Mohan Malviya, Chhajju Ram etc. farmer leaders had also attended. This function was organized with the initiative of Master Bhajan Lal Bijarnia of Ajmer-Merwara. The farmers from all parts of Shekhawati had come namely, Chaudhary Govind Ram, Kunwar Panne Singh Deorod, Ram Singh Bakhtawarpura, Chetram Bhadarwasi, Bhuda Ram Sangasi, Moti Ram Kotri, Har Lal Singh etc. The Shekhawati farmers took two oaths in Pushkar namely,
1. They would work for the development of the society through elimination of social evils and spreading of education.
2. ‘Do or Die’ in the matters of exploitation of farmers by the Jagirdars.

Dharmpal Singh Dudee - a Social worker

Dharmpal Singh Dudee is a journalist, social worker and author. He was born on 18 December 1940 at village Ghasola in Bhiwani district of Haryana in India. His father was Chaudhary Chandagi Ram Dudee, who belonged to a Jat Hindu Dudi clan from an army family. His Grandfathers Hav. Harnarayan Singh & Ranjit Singh died in France 1914 during World War I serving in 1 BN Royal Jat Regiment. His grandfather Hav. HemRaj was also in Royal Jat Regt. His mother was Sarati Devi, a religious woman.
After completing his education in Haryana, he was appointed a teacher of Science and Maths and served in that capacity from 1964 to 1967. He came to England in 1967, settled in London, and completed his diploma in Quality Control Engineering and also Diploma in Journalism. He served as Inspector in British Air Space Company.

Bhim Singh Dahiya from Sonipat, Haryana

Bhim Singh Dahiya was a historian and civil servant belonging to the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). He was born at village Sehri, District Sonipat in Haryana, India around March 19, 1940 (though official records put his birth date as 29th of September, 1940).
Bhim Singh Dahiya did his B.Sc. studies from Punjab University and an M.A. from Delhi University. He was selected for Indian Revenue Service in 1963, having taken the IAS (Indian Administrative Service) examination with English and history as his chosen areas. He had great admiration for the works of William Shakespeare, loved to read historical studies with a particular interest in Indo-European cultures and languages, and excelled at playing cards. He retired from Govt. service as Chief Commissioner of Income tax in 1998.

JB Choudhary - Padma Shri award winner

JB Chaudhary ( Jai Bhagwan Chowdhury) is a former Vice-Chancellor of Haryana Agricultural University and recipient of the Padma Shri award. Later he was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Nainital. The Alumni Association of Pakistan Farm Scientists had conferred upon him the highest award, Mian M. Afzal Hussain Award. He has written few books.

Baldev Singh Dhillon an Agricultural scientist

Professor Baldev Singh Dhillon is an internationally famous agricultural scientist and former Assistant Director General at ICAR, Director of NBPGR (ICAR), Director of Research at Punjab Agricultural University and Guru Nanak Dev University. At present he is working in Maize Biotechnology at University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany.
Professor Dhillon, was born in Amritsar in 1947. He is known for scientific breakthroughs maize breeding. He has a Doctorate from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. He has published 340 research publications and many books. Moreover, he is the recipient and has won many international awards:

Kushal Pal Singh - Chaiman of DLF India

Kushal Pal Singh or K.P. Singh was born in Bulandshahar in a Jat family(Tewathia Gotra) Jat family on 15 August 1931 is real estate mogul and the chairman and CEO of DLF Limited, India's largest real estate developer. DLF has now become the world's largest real estate company in terms of revenues, earnings, market capitalisation and developable area.
He is graduate in science from Meerut College, Mr. K.P. Singh pursued Aeronautical Engineering in UK, being subsequently selected to the Indian Army by British Officers Services Selection Board, UK. He was commissioned into the renowned cavalry regiment of ‘The Deccan Horse’ of the Indian Army. KP Singh made Gurgaon a world-famous outsourcing destination within 10 years, because of his world-class earthquake-proof office buildings, apartments, shopping malls and leisure facilities (including the DLF Gary Player designed Golf Course).

Saina Nehwal Wins Swiss Open Title

World No 4 woman badminton player Saina Nehwal of India won the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold after she defeated Korean player Ji Hyun Sung. She won the match by 21-13, 21-14 in very quick time in Switzerland. She took just 43 minutes to emerge as the winner of this final. Although her opponent was ranked at 19, Saina had to play aggressively. Nehwal is also the 1st Indian to carry the Super series tournament on her shoulder, after winning the gold at the India Grand Prix and at Commonwealth Games. Interestingly, she has also won 3 Super Series titles; namely Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong Open.
She won the World Junior Badminton Championships. Even though she might be quite young at the moment, as she is 21-year-old right now, she has also become as the 1st Indian woman to reach the Olympics singles quarter-finals.

Saina Nehwal enter Swiss Open final

India's badminton star Saina Nehwal defeated Bae Youn-Joo of South Korea 21-19, 13-21, 21-14 to storm into the final of the Swiss Open Grand Prix on Saturday. Second-seeded Saina beat the Korean, seeded fourth, in 58 minutes. The first game was close with the Korean gaining early ascendancy, leading 10-4, but Saina fought back and levelled at 15-15. It was neck-and-neck battle from there on and the score read 19-19, but Saina held her nerves and pocketed took two points to take the game.
Bae came back strongly in the second game and opened up a 11-3 lead. Saina recovered, but the Korean maintained the lead and drew level. In the decider, Saina showed her class, gaining a 11-4 lead and never looked back. The Korean narrowed down the gap at 15-13, but Saina stepped up and raced ahead to win the match. The Indian will next face the winner of the second semifinal beyween Ji Hyun Sung of Korea and Juliane Schenk of Germany. In the quarterfinal, Saina beat sixth seeded Petya Nedelcheva 22-20, 21-17. She had been in good form in the tournament and took sweet revenge for her All England loss by beating Japanese Eriko Hirose earlier.

Jat clear rail route, agitation continue

Jat leaders clear the rail route between Delhi and Lucknow on Saturday afternoon after Jats agreed to vacate the tracks as per the order of the Allahabad high court. Jaipur-Delhi rail route today which will brings Rail services in the state and northern india to normal in upcoming days. During last 14 days protesters of the ongoing Jat agitation in Haryana blocked the Jaipur-Delhi rail route which lead to cancellation of many trains and diversion of train route but hope now train services will be normal. With the Jaipur-Delhi route, which sees a huge rush of passengers every day, getting affected.
The decision was announced after UP cabinet minister Laxmi Narain Singh and state government officials met Jat leaders in Kafurpur. The central government has also invited Jats for talks. The Jats were on tracks since March 5 demanding reservation in central services and in states of Punjab, Haryana and Jammu under other backward class (OBC) category. The blockade led to cancellation of 760 trains and affected over 1000 trains in last 15 days. Jat leader Yashpal Mallik said that while respecting the high court order and in public interest, Jats have decided to vacate tracks but agitation will continue and they may block the roads to Delhi again if their demand is not met by next week. He said that agitations in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan will also continue. "We will announce our future course of action in the evening after the meeting with the central government representatives in Delhi," he said. He said that Jats will not withdraw agitation till their demand is met. Jats already get OBC reservation in UP and Rajasthan.

Saina Nehwal enter quarters of Swiss Open

India's badminton star Saina Nehwal took sweet revenge for her All England loss by beating Japanese Eriko Hirose 21-15, 17-21, 21-11 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Swiss Open Grand Prix. Just a week back, Eriko had beaten Saina in the quarterfinals of the prestigious event in Brimingham. The second round match here Thursday night was again a close contest between the World No. 4 Saina and No. 12 Hirose, who eventually reached the finals in England.
The Indian was trailing 5-9 in the first game but came back to close it courtesy a combination of smashes and deft drop shots at the net. Eriko came back strongly in the second set winning it after being down 3-6 at one stage. Saina went all guns blazing in the decider and raced to a 13-5 lead from 5-5. From there on, it was Saina all the way as her opponent failed to make a comeback. The Hyderabad-based shuttler next faces Petla Nedelcheva of Bulgaria in the last eight. It was a mixed bag for India in the doubles event. Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas upset sixth-seed Jonas Rasmussen and Mads Conrad-Petersen 17-21, 21-15, 21-15 to enter the second round of the men's doubles. The women's pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwani Ponnappa crashed out in the opening round. The pair lost to South Korean pair of Yong Dae Lee and Jung Eun Ha 16-21, 12-21.

Jats give March 20 deadline to govt to meet demand

Chandigarh, Mar 17 (PTI) Train services in northern India were disrupted for yet another day as Jat leaders in Haryana today remained firm on their decision to continue their stir demanding quota for the community in government jobs under OBC category and threatened to give a statewide bandh call next week if their demands were not met by March 20.
"We are firm on our demand and are waiting for the government's response. If our demand is not met by March 20, we will further intensify our stir and call for Haryana bandh the next day," Hawa Singh Sangwan, Haryana State President of All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti, the body spearheading the agitation, said. The ongoing stir by Jats has badly affected rail traffic in northern India.

Jat agitation continues, many trains cancelled

Hundreds of people will fail to get home this Holi. Blame it on the disturbed train movement between Lucknow and Delhi. The number of trains getting affected due to the impasse is increasing. While on Thursday, 24 trains were cancelled between Ghaziabad and Moradabad, on Friday, the number of cancelled trains on the route increased to 34. Railways have already refunded over Rs 5 crore since March 5 when the Jat agitation started on March 16. More than 600 trains have been cancelled since then. Railway officials are apprehensive that if the trains do not resume their movement, it will be difficult to control the rush of passengers post-Holi.
News Souce: TOI

Jats may observe 'Black' Holi

The agitating Jat community in Haryana today decided to observe the festival of Holi on Sunday as ''Black'' Holi if their demand for reservation in Central government jobs is not accepted. The activists of Jat Aarakshan Samiti announced here that if the Central government fails to accept their demand of reservation, they would observe the festival of colours as Black Holi. They staged protests in support of their demand at various places in which a large number of women also participated even as railway traffic remained disrupted on various routes near here.
Train services on the Hisar-Bhiwani, Hisar-Jakhal and Hisar-Sadulpur sections of North Western Railways remained disrupted on the thirteenth day today due to the blockage of rail tracks by the Akhil Bhartiya Jat Aashakshan Sangharsh Samiti activists at various places in the district. The Railways have cancelled a number of trains bound for various destinations including Ludhiana, Rewari, Jaipur, Amritsar, Gorakhpur and Sirsa. The protesters are demanding inclusion of the Jat community in the list of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) to enable them avail the benefit of reservation in government jobs, both in state and the Union governments. Due to disruption of rail traffic, goods trains carrying coal have failed to reach here leading to closure of the Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant at Khedar near here.

Court asks Govt to clear rail blockade by Jats

Allahabad High Court Friday issued stern directives to the Uttar Pradesh government to ensure the restoration of rail services disrupted in the ten-day old agitation by the Jat community for job quota. Demanding their inclusion in the list of Other Backward Castes (OBC) in government job quota, the Jat protesters have been blockading key rail routes in western Uttar Pradesh. The court issued its directives to the Uttar Pradesh government on a public interest litigation (PIL). Chief Justice F.I. Rebello took suo motto cognizance of the issue and constituted a two-judge bench in Lucknow to initiate suitable action on the matter. Within the next hour, the special bench comprising Justice Uma Nath Singh and Justice V.K. Dixit summoned top government officials, directing them to take prompt action to clear the rail tracks and ensure restoration of the rail traffic.
The judges rapped the state government for its indifference and apathy towards the inconvenience being caused to thousands of rail passengers on account of the cancellation and diversion of several important trains. The agitation by Jat community has severely affected train traffic on the Delhi-Lucknow route, where most trains were forced to take long detours, leading to hours-long delays. Within 30 minutes of the court's intervention, the state government swung into action. 'We have been worried about the whole issue and the chief minister too has been busy holding a series of meetings on the issue', claimed state Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh at a hurriedly convened press conference. 'However, there was little that we could do to resolve the crisis as the agitators' demand was not within the authority of the state government,' he said. 'Yet, we will surely abide by the order of the high court and do whatever is within our means to carry it out,' Singh added. Chief Minister Mayawati at a press conference here last week announced that the government was 'in support of the demand raised by the Jat community, but we do not have the authority to do anything about it. Therefore I would advise them to raise the issue before the union government.'

Chidambaram invites Jat leaders for talks

With the protest by Jat agitators affecting life in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, the Centre will on Wednesday hold talks with representatives to find a solution to the vexed issue. Home minister P Chidambaram and social justice minister Mukul Wasnik will hold talks with an 11-member delegation of Jats led by Yashpal Malik, who is learnt to have been getting tactical support from Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati. Malik will represent the Akhil Bhartiya Jat Arakshan Sangarsh Samiti (ABJASS), which has been in the forefront of the agitation by disrupting movements of trains in many areas. Representatives of other factions will also meet both the ministers. In a bid to find an amicable solution to Jats' demand for reservation in Central government jobs under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category, the United Progressive Alliance government has invited their leaders from Uttar Pradesh and Haryana for talks. The decision to hold talks with the Jats, whose week-long agitation has disrupted rail traffic, with protesters squatting on the track in various parts of north India, was taken on Tuesday at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Attorney-General G.E. Vahanvati was present.Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik will be the government's representatives at the negotiations, likely to be convened on Wednesday, official sources said. The agitation also figured in the Rajya Sabha, with the government assuring MPs that it would make a statement on Wednesday. The decision to call the agitators for talks was taken after the Jats threatened to cut all essential supplies to Delhi if their demands were not met by Thursday. The agitators have also threatened to block oil supply from the Mathura Refinery to Delhi. Meanwhile, at a Congress briefing, party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi parried questions on the party's stand on the Jats issue, saying it was “delicate and sensitive” and could be resolved only through dialogue. Stressing that his party was opposed to violence, he said all stakeholders, including the Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments, should resolve it through discussions. In Haryana, the Assembly witnessed uproarious scenes for over 80 minutes over the Jat stir.

Jat agitation affects rail services in Northern India

Jat agitation affects rail services in Northern India. The agitators sat on rail tracks between Ajarka and Bawal on the Delhi-Jaipur route affecting movement of trains, a Railway spokesman said in the Rajasthan capital. Train services on Hisar-Bhiwani, Hisar-Jakhal and Hisar-Sadalpur remained affected for the eighth straight day today as activists of the Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti staged sit-ins at various places in Haryana's Hisar district. More Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel were deployed in-and-around Muradpur canal in Ghaziabad district in view of protesters' threat to disrupt water supply to the national capital.
Jats have threatened to cut all essential supplies to Delhi if their demands are not met by March 17. Agitators also plan to block the supply of oil from Mathura refinery to Delhi. A Jat Sikh organisation has warned of a stir in Punjab if the demand of the community for quota in jobs is not met immediately. A decision in this regard will be taken after observing the response of the authorities, Jat Sikh Sabha chief Suchha Singh Bajwa said in Jalandhar. The agitators are demanding inclusion of Jats in the list of Other Backward Classes (OBC) to enable them avail the benefit of quota in government jobs.

Jat women attend Khap meeting on Women Day

On the eve of first International Women Day, in 1911, a panchayat of Dahiya khap (a Jat clan) held in Barona village of Sonipat district to take steps for spreading education in society. But in the same meeting, it also took a retrograde decision to impose ban on venturing out of women in bazaars and attending the panchayats. Later, it became a social norm in Haryana that no woman could attend any panchayat and even enter in a chaupal (a village commonplace where panchayat used to be held). It took exactly a century for the Haryanavi women to break free the age old shackles prevailing in the male dominated society when same khap panchayat reverted its earlier diktats.
The Dahiya khap convened a panchayat on the eve of women day, to mark 1000 years of earlier panchayat, has made the participation of women in decision making in every meeting of khap panchayat mandatory. "The decision to engage women in the decision making process could bring about a paradigm shift in the status of women in the state which is notorious for skewed sex ratio due to social bias against the girlchild and the honour killings," women activists reacted.
Source: TOI

Rail traffic disrupted on day 3 after Jat Protest

Rail services were today disrupted in the Hisar-Ludhiana route as an agitation by a Jat organisation demanding reservation for the community in government jobs entered the third day today. Members of the All India Jat Reservation Action Committee staged a dharna on rail tracks near Gajuwala railway station resulting affecting traffic and leading to cancellation of trains on the Hisar-Ludhiana route, Station Superintendent R S Meena said. Meanwhile, trains services on Hisar-Rewari line were also distruped for the third consecutive day today following a demonstration by many members of the community, in violation of a High Court order, prohibiting disruption of public services.
The decision to intensify the stir was taken by the Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti at a rally held in village Mayyar on Sunday. The Haryana government has already written to the Centre to grant reservation status to Jats and the Union government has referred the matter to the Backward Classes Commission for consideration, Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda told reporters. Haryana''s Power Minister Mahender Partap Singh has appealed the agitators not to block rail tracks, especially on Hisar-Rewari route, as it has hindered the plying of trains supplying coal to the power generation plants, besides causing hardship to the passengers. In a statement issued in Chandigarh today, Singh said the agitators should understand that any interruption in supply of coal would lead to closure of power generation plants. "Industrial production would also come to a grinding halt, the agricultural tubewells would also not run," he said and asked the agitators to act wisely as in a democratic set up they have several other options to raise their voice.

Jat agitation hits trains in Uttar Pradesh

Members of Jat Sangharsh Samiti squat on a train track to block Delhi-Lucknow rail route near Amroha in support of their demand for OBC reservation. The ongoing agitation by Jats in Uttar Pradesh over reservation in central jobs under the OBC category has forced a severe disruption in railway services between Delhi and Lucknow. At least 12 trains were cancelled and the routes of 30 trains between Lucknow and New Delhi diverted as the agitation intensified on Sunday. Trains on the Mathura-Mumbai route were disrupted as protesters took to the tracks, demanding 27 per cent quota in central jobs under the OBC category.
Railway official A.K. Singhal said the Kashi Vishwanath Express and Lucknow Mail were among the trains cancelled. "We have opened special counters at various railway stations for those who want to suspend their journey. The protesters have tied their domestic animals to the tracks and are on a dharna," he said. The protesters also conducted a public meeting near Bharatpur and subsequently decided to enforce road blockades. They have threatened to intensify the agitation if their demands are not met. Yashpal Mallik, a leader of Jat Arakshan Samiti, said: "Our protest will continue till the government agrees to our demands. There are many states where Jats are treated as OBCs. The Centre too should accept us as OBCs and extend reservation accordingly."