Photographer's Note

The Life and culture of Jats is full of diversity and approaches most closely to that ascribed to the traditional Aryan colonists of India. The Jat lifestyle was designed to foster a martial spirit. As the situation changed, some Jats started retiring to the country-side and became landed barons and the rest landlords with their swords girded round their waists. They would draw the sword out of the scabbard at the command of their panchayat to fight with the invaders. Jats have a history of being brave and ready fighters. Jats are thoroughly independent in character - this was noticed many times by British Empire army officiers, assert personal and individual freedom, as against communal or tribal control, more strongly than any other people. They usually have light brown skin, dark eyes (although light eyes are not uncommon), dark hair and have a significant representation in film industry in Bollywood.

Food habits

In Haryana Jats are mostly non-meat eaters as a result of Buddhist influence and the Arya Samaj Sect of Hinduism. Their staple food is wheat or bajra, vegetables and plenty of milk and ghee. [53] In Gujarat and Rajesthan the Jat males usually eat meat, while the females are mostly vegetarians. However, food habits within individual families can be completely different so no major specific food habit can given for millions of Jats.
All Jats, irrespective of their official or financial positions in life, have equal social status. The only criterion of superiority is age. The Jats are required to marry within their community. With the advancement of modern civilization, as people are becoming less dependent upon and less tolerant towards each other, the joint family system is going out of vogue. It is still prevalent in the less advanced areas.


Jats are tolerant in their religious outlook. They were previously ardent followers and supporters of Buddhism and Jainism, along with the Historical Vedic religion, and its successor, modern Hinduism. Today they follow Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism.


Jats usually speak Hindi and its dialects (Rajasthani, Haryanvi, Malvi), Punjabi and its dialects, Urdu, Kashmiri, Dogri, Sindhi and Gujarati. Sikh and Muslim Jats from the Punjab mostly speak Punjabi and its various dialects (such as Maajhi, Malwi, Doabi,Seraiki, Pothohari, and Jhangochi).

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