ABOUT THE BOOK:
Volume 1 is the outcome of two National Seminars on the Jat History and Culture. The Jats are one of the prominent preasant community among the Indian Population today. The origins and traditions of the Jats go back to dim antiquity. A critical study of the past history of such a community on the basis of all available material cannot fail to be a subject of deep interest and instruction to all Indians.
The Scholars have assembled some of the rarest evidence available in Indian and non-Indian sources and telescoped into a knowledgeable and inspiringly readable historical analysis. The salient features of this publication are:
1. Clan structure of the Jats, mobility and their early settlements and diffusion to other parts of North-West India in ancient period.
2. Geographical spread of Jat settlements and migrations within and outside India in early medieval period.
3. Crystalization of the Jats as Zamindars and dominant peasant community, nature of Jat uprising and the process of Jat state formation.
4. social and political awakening and Jat peasant movements in modern period.
5. Aspects of social, economic and cultural life of the Jat community.
Volume 2 is the outcome of two National Seminars on the topic - The Jats: Their Role and Contribution to the Socio-economic Life and Polity of North & North-West India, which includes forty-six research papers presented in these seminars organised by The Centre for Research and Publication of Suraj Mal Memorial Education Society, New Delhi.
The scholars have assembled some of the rarest evidence available in Indian and international sources and telescoped into a knowledgeable and inspiringly readable historical analysis.
This volume is a step forward in the direction of more illumination of various facets of the role and contribution of the Jats as the papers have been presented on inter-disciplinary aspects by the learned scholars. The area covered by the papers is far-wider as it encompasses not only North and North-Western India but also Persia and other Arabian territories.
Thus, this volume presents the role and contribution of the Jats from 2nd to 20th century in chronological order of the events.
Volume 3 contains twenty nine research articles from the proceedings of the VIth National Seminar on the topic: 'The Jats: Their Role and Contribution to the Socio-economic Life and Polity of North and North-West India'. This seminar was organized in 2006 by the Maharaja Surajmal Centre for Research and Publication of the Surajmal Memorial Education Society, C-4, Janak Puri, New Delhi.
If we glance at the papers presented they start from tracing the roots of the Jats in the hoary past and go on to explain their role and contribution in various fields upto the modern times. To illuminate the various aspects of social, economic, political and cultural life of the Jat community including agricultural and military, the papers have been presented on the inter-disciplinary approach by the learned scholars.
Social, political and educational awakening alongwith Jat peasant movements also find place in this volume. Thus, in this volume scholars have covered the areas of Sindh, Western-Eastern- Southern Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab, i.e., the whole Jat belt in India. Definitely this volume will give the glimpse of Jat history in a nut shell.
Volume 4 is the compilation of selected and in some cases revised papers presented in the XIIth National Seminar, 'The Jats : Their Role and Contribution to the Socio-economic Life and Polity of North and North-West India' organized by Maharaja Surajmal Centre for Research and Publication, New Delhi on 5th and 6th November 2011. The volume includes thirty three research papers, which brought together here show an attempt to discuss the background to various segments of Jat history, indicating the kinds of evidence available and the doubts and theories that are under discussion among scholars. A universally acceptable narration of incidents would be hard to understand as some of the evidence is tentative and can change with new findings. But through discussion attempts can be made to get more facts known, and to explain the kinds of problem involved. These papers give opportunity for making efforts to examine various facets of socio-economic life and polity of the Jats, to view both sides of the coin and verify facts against factual and circumstantial evidence and focus the historian's torch on the facts and incident wrapped in darkness, thus provide chance to the readers to share new research and ideas on the specified themes.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Vir Singh, a dedicated teacher, after superannuation from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Delhi University in 2000, is presently an Honorary Director of the Research and Publication Centre, Surajmal Memorial Education Society, New Delhi. He has been actively engaged in the administrative, educational and research activities of the Society since 1976 as Joint Secretary of the Executive Committee (9 years) and Secretary Academic Committee since 1985 till date.
His reasearch work 'Kamayani Ki Katha: Gaveshnatmak Anusheelan' was published in 1975. While explaining different aspects of history, geography, sociology, psychology, philosophy and allegory of this ancient narrative of deluge and development of mankind thereafter, he learnt inter-disciplinary approach which he utilised while establishing the aforesaid Research Centre. He has used his intensive study of the Jats for the Centre's research work in optimum way.
Dr. Rajendra Kumar, a double Ph.D. in literature and history, is presently Director of Maharaja Suralmal Centre for Research and Publication, Surajmal Memorial Education Society, C-4, Janakpuri, New Delhi. A man of languages, taught Russian and French languages for over two decades, he is well versed in the history of the Jats and the one who knows how to locate, decipher and analyze the sources of history. His previous publications include various articles on Jat history.