Lament of a proud Rajput
Just as a Rajput is committed to protect his faith and valour, he is equally indebted to his dignified conduct in the face of adversity.
As the proverbial Midnight's children, we were born to Nehru's forewarning, "The past clings on to us still in some measure and we have to do much before we redeem the pledges," the wounded soul of the new sovereign called India, had found guiding utterance. The new order sought to disband perceived inequities and regressive societal instincts, yet, there was no dichotomy in my grandfather, a fiercely proud and progressive Rajput, who always insisted on the dignity of 'living up to being a Rajput'! As the sun finally set on the British crown, the princely states had started vesting their future in the composition of India – most willfully, and some not. The existential Kshatriya codes of 'rule and authority' were suddenly posited in the face of the aspired equality of rights, opportunities and responsibilities. Wisely, the grandfather who had seen different privileges in his life was no supremacist, he reassured us of our own tryst with destiny, as long as we invested in education and enlightenment.