We are usually more than eager to know the experiences of soldiers when they are posted in remote and unusual places, even if it isn’t a war-time experience. These accounts open our eyes to other cultures.
In 1967, 13 Kumaon completed a peace tenure in Gaya and moved to Agartala, with me as the Offg Comdg Offr (CO). It was scheduled that within a few months we would relieve 5 Para, located at Aizawl, the prime town in Mizoram where the District HQ was based. Prior to Continue reading “Brig Raghunath Jatar’s Mizoram tenure”→
This is a photograph of Brig. Raghunath Jatar and his elder sister Saral Thakkar (88 years old). Usually, she lives in the U.S and in Australia with her two daughters, Padmini and Ashwini. She is presently in India, staying with her younger brother until she is well enough to travel abroad.
Here are a series of videos (all made by Niharika Jatar) which show the loved ones talking about their elders. The first one despicts Ranjit Jatar, the son of Brig. R.V. Jatar, Ravi (Nilkanth) Jatar, the son of Maj. Gen. S.C.N Jatar, and Kumud Dudhbhate, the wife of Uday Dudhbhate, the nephew of Bal Borgaonkar. Continue reading “Birthday Speeches”→
Brig. R.V Jatar (known as Raghunath) was in a heroic battle during the 1971 war. The details of the battle are given below in an article written by Col Bhatia. This article titled “Lord of the Desert” by Col N N Bhatia (Retd) was published in the Lahore Times. The links to this article are also available here on the Bharat Rakshak site and here on Point Blank, a news site.
The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 is synonymous with the liberation of Bangladesh that commenced with Pakistan launching of Operation Chengiz Khan on 3rd December 1971 through pre-emptive strikes on 11 Indian airbases.
This is a photograph of some Jatars, and also others who had a female Jatar ancestor. This photograph was taken on the seventy-fifth birthday celebrations. These men are more or less the same age although some are cousins, and others children of cousins. You can check out if you see any resemblance between them!
All of the women in this photograph are the spouses, not of Jatar ancestry.
The women sitting are Sarla Jatar (née Purandare), wife of Sudhir Jatar, Manda Borgaokar (née Purandare), wife of Bal Borgaokar, Suneela Bhajekar (née Ganorkar) and Nilakshi Jatar (née Bal), wife of Raghunath Jatar.
1) Chandu Jatar is the son of Babukaka who was the son of Bapurao Jatar, who was the eldest son of Shriram Jatar. Chandu is the same age as Sudhir, because of the age difference between the two brothers – Bapurao and Bhausaheb. 2) Maj. Gen. SCN Jatar is the son of Lt. Col. Sir Nilkanth Shriram Jatar, who was the younger brother of Bapurao. 3) Bal Borgaokar’s mother was a Jatar and her name was Kumudini Jatar, and she was the daughter of Balasaheb (brother to Bapurao and Bhausaheb), son of Shriram Jatar. Kumudini’s husband was Shankarao Borgaokar. 4) Ashok Bhajekar is the son of Indirabai Bhajekar, who was the eldest child of Lt. Col. Sir Nilkanth Shriram Jatar 5) Brig. Raghunath Jatar is the son of Abbasaheb, who was also known as Vishnu Shriram Jatar, another one of Shriram’s sons, and brother to Bapurao, and Bhausaheb. 6) Jayant (Dattatrya) Jatar, is the son of Appasaheb, who was the son of Bapurao. Due to the fact that Bapurao was many years older than Bhausaheb, Jayant is the same age as Sudhir. He is married to Sheela Pandit, but she is not in the photograph.
(Colour photo provided by Hirkani Padhye and black and white photo provided by Sudhir Jatar. Post written by Nita Jatar Kulkarni)