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Saturday, July 3, 1999
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Forming an identity
By Nonica Datta

WHAT does the term Jat mean or convey? Who are they and where did they come from? For one, they live in Punjab, Rajputana and on the banks of the Yamuna and the Ganges. They seem to have first appeared during the seventh century in Sind, gradually moved into Punjab and the Yamuna valley, and then settled in the Indo-Gangetic plains. Early historical accounts of Sind indicate that the term Jat was popularly applied to a ‘servile creature’ tied to his qaum.

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