Brig Raghunath Jatar’s Mizoram tenure

We are usually more than eager to know the experiences of soldiers when they are posted inIN-MZ remote and unusual places, even if it isn’t a war-time experience. These accounts open our eyes to other cultures.

The following report is written by Brig. R.V Jatar (Raghunath) about his Mizoram tenure. Raghunath Jatar is the son of Abasaheb, and the grand-son of Shriram Jatar.

TENURE IN MIZORAM 1967-69

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”

Sibling togetherness

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.

The father of these two siblings was Abasaheb, the son of Shriram Jatar.

Raghunath and sis

The above photograph was taken by Ranjit Jatar at the Shiva and Datta temple in Armament Colony close to Moreshwar.

A Tribute To Brig RV Jatar and Nilakshi Jatar

The following tribute was written by Colonel Narinder Bhatia (Retd), who as Ranjit Jatar (the son of Brig. R.V. Jatar) says “wrote this very moving piece on my parents, parts of which I read out at the 85th birthday celebrations“. Continue reading “A Tribute To Brig RV Jatar and Nilakshi Jatar”

Birthday Speeches

On 21st January 2018, five cousins celebrated their august years, and their loved ones made speeches. The five cousins are the descendants of four Jatar brothers (Kashinath (Bapurao), Rangnath (Balasaheb), Nilkanth (Bhausaheb), and Vishnu (Abasaheb).  The birthday people are Bal Borgaonkar (descendant of Balasaheb), Chandu Jatar (descendant of Bapurao), Brig. R.V. Jatar (descendant of Abasaheb), Maj. Gen. S.C.N. Jatar and his elder sister, 90 year old Dr. Usha Thakar (descendants of Bhausaheb).

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”

85th and 90th Birthday Party of 5 cousins

On the 21st of January the descendants of four Jatar brothers (Kashinath (Bapurao), Rangnath (Balasaheb), Nilkanth (Bhausaheb), and Vishnu (Abasaheb) came together to celebrate their birthday.

The birthday people are Bal Borgaonkar (descendant of Balasaheb), Chandu Jatar (descendant of Bapurao), Brig. R.V. Jatar (descendant of Abasaheb), Maj. Gen. S.C.N. Jatar and his elder sister, Dr. Usha Thakar (descendants of Bhausaheb) who is 90 years old.

Here is a slideshow (photos by Ranjit Jatar) of the birthday boys eating cake. Continue reading “85th and 90th Birthday Party of 5 cousins”

The 1971 War and Brigadier RV Jatar

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.

Raghunath Jatar
Brig. R.V Jatar

Raghunath Jatar is the son of Abasaheb, and the grand-son of Shriram Jatar.

Lord of the Desert
December 16, 2014

|By Col. NN Bhatia (Retd)|

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.

The war effectively came to an end after the Eastern Command of the Pakistani Armed Forces deployed to protect Eastern Wing of the country signed Instrument of Surrender on 16 December 1971 and East Pakistan seceded as Continue reading “The 1971 War and Brigadier RV Jatar”

A group photo of the older generation

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!

From LtoR: Sudhir jatar, Jayant Jatar, Bal Borgaonkar, Ashok Bhajekar, Raghunath Jatar and Chandu Jatar.

All of the women in this photograph are the spouses, not of Jatar ancestry.

The people standing from left to right are Chandu Jatar, Maj Gen. SCN (Sudhir) Jatar, Bal Borgaokar, Ashok Bhajekar, Brig. Raghunath Jatar and Jayant Jatar.

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)