Cricketer Ravindrasinh Jadeja on Sunday took to Twitter to show his swordsmanship skills.
However, soon after he shared his video, he was attacked by ‘liberals’ and Islamists who not only mocked his swordsmanship but also abused the Rajput community.
How many wars had Rajputs won? How many Rajputs were working in Mughal courts? Forget, the marriages!— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) April 13, 2020
This idiot is a cricketer, plays for Indian team, hopefully not for his caste! https://t.co/CHZOs4MCPn
Islamists like JNUSU officebearer too joined in in hating on the Rajput community.
Columnist with Shekhar Gupta’s ThePrint, too, joined in in mocking the Rajput community.
Just another privileged soul flaunting his caste and sword on Twitter.— Afreen Fatima (@AfreenFatima136) April 12, 2020
No offense but the ‘Hashtag Rajput boy’ bit is funny and bigotry at the same time. https://t.co/YAhho41gn7
Self-proclaimed ‘liberals’ too shared memes to imply that the Rajput have never won any major war in history.
मुगलों को भी जोड़ लीजिए.— Dilip Mandal (@Profdilipmandal) April 12, 2020
However, amidst all the hate, there was also good-natured humour as other cricketers also cheered Jadeja.
Rajput Persian se haare, Moghal se haare, Khilji se haare, Maratha se haare, British se haare!— Elia Millia Islamia (@elia_official) April 13, 2020
Khali maidan mein talwar ghumana is different thing. https://t.co/YcEShbCwjp
Haha how good 😂😂😂— David Warner (@davidwarner31) April 13, 2020
Cricketer David Warner and Jaydev Unadkat cheered him on.
હા સાવજ!— Jaydev Unadkat (@JUnadkat) April 12, 2020
Interestingly, those accusing Jadeja of ‘flaunting’ his upper caste privilege, seem to be unaware that Jadeja comes from a humble background. A February 2016 article by Sidharth Monga states that Jadeja’s father, Anirudhsinh Jadeja was a security guard without any fixed income. His mother was a nurse in government hospital and the family of five, Jadeja’s parents and his two sisters, lived in a one-room employee flat that was allotted to his mother. He lost his mother when he was 15-16 years old after a freak accident in kitchen.