It was the Kshatriyas who stood up against the Muslim in roads and many battles were fought to defend the culture and beliefs of the society. Even in the struggle for independence in 1857, Kshatriya warriors despite their inter-necine warfare had fought the outsiders and many 'fell' on the battlefield. In that period the ' Kshatriya Hitkarni Sabha' had created strong opposition against the imperialistic expansion of the British and revolts were organised in Azamgarh, Gorakhpur, Balia Chhapra and in the Punjab.
AKHIL BHARTIYA KSHATRIYA MAHASABHA
In 1897 Raja Balwant Singhji of Awagadh took Leadership in coordination with Thakur Umarao Singhji of Kotla, Raja Uday Pratap Singhji of Bhinga in registering the Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Maha Sabha on 19 Oct 1997 to initiate for the first time in the history of india of creating a platform to promote the cause of the Kashatriyas. They even proposed launching a news letter called ' Rajput Monthly' on the 20 Feb 1898 under the presidentship of Judge Babu Sanwal Singhji of Benaras. The Maha Sabha had its first conference in the Rajput Boarding House at Agra. Thereafter, Maharaja Pratap Singhji of Jammu and Kashmir sponsored the launching of an Urdu Publication called the Rajput Gazette as a fortnightly form Lahore. it was edited by Thakur Sukh Ram Das Chauhan. Thereafter creating awareness through publicity and meetings in many parts of india were initiated.
In the filed of education Raja Uday Pratap Singhji of Bhinga Built a College in Varansai named after himself Raja Balwant Singhji of Awagadh set up a college in Agra Sir Pratap Singhji of Idar set up the ' Chaupansni School ' for Rajputs in Johpur and several schools and boardings wre setup by former Rajput rulers in different states of India to give special attention to their Rajput bretheren. So, were the princely schools at Rajkot, Ajmer, Lahore, Raipur and Indore they set up.
In the field of social upliftment, in the course of meetings and gatherings throughout India, directions were given to raise the level of education , to overcome the practice of debilitating vices, shake up the community from slothfulness and in general give inspiration to the society right down to the Panchayat level.
Most of all the Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Maha Sabha has played a vital role in bringing about effective coordination between thousands of Kashatriya Organisations at the taluka and the district levels for grassroot Involvement.
THE KSHATRIYAS BEFORE INDEPENDENCE
The history of India would have been written differently had the Kashatriyas not played a vital role . Protecting the frontiers, defending the weak and establishing justice were the objectives of Kshatriya leadership throughout the history of India. The epics of the Ramayana and Mahabharata reflect the most glorious chapters of the history of India and they represent the essence of Kahatriya Philosophy.
Protecting the weak from the exploiter was what gave them the position to be accepted as rulers of the entire society. The people believed that only a Kashatriya can enforce law and order.
Moreover, the generosity and tradition of giving of alms further endeared the Kshatriya rulers to the people. A thousand names of the great Kashatryas in the history of India could be listed who made an impact and influenced the life style of the people.
Much of the Kshatriya down-fall came because of their stead- fastness of sticking to the truth, protecting the weak and standing by those who had be- friended them,
The inroad of the Moguls, swept over India with fanatism followed by the British and the French who used their diplomatic skills in dividing the Kshatriya rulers by putting one against the other that, India became subjugated and over ruled by foreign powers. It was only because of lack of unity between Kashatriya powers that India lost its independence and thereby its cultural heritage of the past, One third of India continued to be ruled by Princes uptill independence and most of them were Kshatriyas. The 20th Centenary did bring about spontaneous support offered by the Kshatriya rulers for enchancing the well being of their kith in their own areas. The Kshatriya Zamindars of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh also helped in enhancing their well being.
THE KSHATRIYAS AFTER INDEPENDENCE
Within a year after independence in 1974, the Princes of India handed over the reigns of their administration to the people of India to meet with the demands of social progress and democracy based on adult franchise. It must not be forgotten that the greatest sacrifice that any community has made after independence in achieving this goal has been the Kshatriyas. Those who were princes gave up their traditional rulership which had been enjoyed for thousands of years and hundreds of generations without blood - shed, Those who were Zamindars did similary. Even the compensation they got was only notional and even these are now forgotten, Therefore , it must always be remembered that when the time comes and where there is a peoples' demand no other community in India will come forward to make such sacrifices and contributions as Kshatriyas have done. In all other corners of the would wherever such revolutions have taken place it has been with blood - shed and if there was no blood- shed in India, it was only because of the magnanimity, sagacity and the commonsense which every Kshatriya is endowed with.
In the democratic setup also the Kshatriyas have played a vital role right from the Panchayat level to the Prime Ministership and it is well known that whether a Kshatriya has remained in political office for long or short or whether he has been successful in his career or not he always stood by his principles of being just and keeping scrupulously away from corrupt practices.
Organisationally in fund collection the Kshatriya may lag behind which is obviously seen in the performance of the Kshatriyas social organisations today.
As a fall out from the centenary celebrations of Oct 19,1997 a new spirit of optimism has grown amongst the Kshatriyas whereby the leadership qualities they have inherited shall be put to test and they shall come out with flying colours.
The spirit of adventure is ingrained in the Kshatriya ethos which has taken them to every corner of the globe more particulary the USA, UK, Africa and South East Asia where the Rajp8t more Particulary the USA UK, Africa and South East Asia, Where the Rajput Associations are alll active and ripe for effective coordination both inter-se and with sister organisations in India.
Akhil Bhartiya Khastriya Maha Sabha Celebrated its centenary, on Oct 19,1997 at Lal Kila Maidan Delhi, under the dynamic ledership of its national President, former union minister of India , Raja Dr Digvijay Singhji ( Wankaner) Gujrat, on this occasion all the prominent Kashtriya leaders including five Chief Ministers, former minister, more than fifty royal princes and dignitaries from India and abroad participated, Sh Digvijay Singhji the then Chief Minister of Madya Prdesh was the Chief Guest and Dr Karan Singh former Union Minister of India was the Guest of Honour, on this occasion, It was resoled to unite and strengthen the organisation and unite the kashtriyas of India and abroad for the social economic cultural, educational and over all development of the Samaj, Raja Dr Digvijay Singhji ( Wankaner ) and office bearers of the Maha Sabha attended a numbers of meetings through out the country including Haridwar, Kurukshetra, ( Haryana ) 15/16 April 1995, 5/6 August 1995, Rajgir Bihar, 5/6 August 1995 U.P, Jammu ( J&K) Punjab, Chandigarh, Bhopal ( M.P) Bombay, Gujrat, Jaipur
On Oct 15, 2000 a Vishal National Kashtriya Milan Smaharo of Akhil Bhartiya Kashitriya Maha Sabha was Celebrated at Lal Prade Ground Bhopal under the leadership of Sh Digvijay Singhji, the then Chief Minister of Madhya Prdesh in which Aadi Shankaracharya of Kanchi Matha, Raja Dr Digvijay Singhji National President, Thakur Bhola Singh, National President, and all prominent national and state leaders of Kashtriya Maha Sabha as well as lacs of Kashitriyas participated in the sammelan and it was resoles to strengthen the organisation and Samaj and to give up social evils like Mrityu Bhoj etc.
Akhil Bhartiya Kashtriya Maha Sabha resolved and demanded since 1980 the resarvation should be given on the basis of ecnomic condition and not on the basis of Cast or religion, In the year 2001 lacs of singnatures and memorandun containg lacs of signatures was submitted to Hon'ble Governors through District Collectors, demanding reservation on the basis of economic condition and not on the basis of caste or religion.
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