Archana Sharma (IANS) –
The Gurjars of Rajasthan have threatened to stop showing the Bollywood film “Prithviraj” starring Akshay Kumar if the film continues to use the term “Rajput” for Prithviraj Chauhan.
The community claimed that Prithviraj was from the Gurjar community and that he was not a Rajput. However, the leaders of the Rajput community firmly rejected their request and declared that the Gurjars were initially “gauchars”, who later converted to Gujjars and then to Gurjars. They are mainly from Gujarat and therefore got this name, said national spokesperson for Shri Rajput Karni Sena, Vijendra Singh Shaktawat.
This is a term related to place and not to caste, he added.
Two days ago, members of the Gurjar community staged a protest in Ajmer, threatening to block the screening of the film if Prithviraj Chauhan was not portrayed as a Gurjar king.
Gurjar leader Himmat Singh said: “The movie #Prithviraj is made based on Prithviraj Raso written by Chand Bardai and the same was shown in the teaser for the movie Prithviraj. After studying the inscriptions available in the story , scholars thought that Chand Bardai had written about 400 years after the reign of Prithviraj Chauhan. In the 16th century, the epic Raso was written which is fictional. The epic is written by Chand Bardai in the Pringal language which is a mixture of Bajra and Rajasthani language.
During the reign of Emperor Gurjar Prithviraj Chauhan, the Sanskrit language was used but not the pringal language which was used by the poet, Himmat Singh said.
This is historical evidence that the Rajputs never existed before the 13th century, we have proven it from historical facts and this has also been accepted by the people of the Rajput caste at the present time and therefore they stand. are claimed as Kshatriya and not as Rajputs. In fact, even during a dispute, after the unveiling of the statue of Emperor Gurjar Mihir Bhoj to Dadri and Gwalior, the Rajputs submitted their caste as Kshatriya to the High Court of Madhya Pradesh, Singh said.
The controversy over the film is due to the fact that the word Rajput was used during the time of Chand Bardai and not during the reign of Prithviraj Chauhan, he said adding “Prithviraj Chauhan Someshwar’s father has been linked to the Gujjar caste, and therefore the son should be a Gurjar, ”he added.
Shaktawat said that it is true that Rajput is a title and not a caste. But it is also a fact that the Rajputs symbolize those who are related to the earth, that is, the sons of the earth who are ready to sacrifice their lives for the sake of their land.
It is true that the 13th century did not find any mention of the word Rajput, Lord Ram was Kshatriya but he was never known as Rajput. Rajput is a title which means son of Raja, the legacy that continues among the members of the royal family where kings are granted the title, he added.
He said that Someshwar was the king of Gurjarland which was part of present day Gujarat and Rajasthan and therefore was called Gurjadhipati or Gurjaradheer which connected southern Rajasthan and Gujarat. All the claims of the Gurjar clan are therefore unfounded, he said.