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Khanted

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Khanted (pronounced as Khan Taed) is a title with many meanings, originally "commander", "leader" or "ruler". Khanted also means "a warrior". Presently Khanted(s) exist mostly in India and Central Asia.

The Ruling Dynasty

The Khanteds belong to a Rajput clan which ruled a number of kingdoms and princely states, including Jaipur, Alwar and Maihar, before India's independence in 1947. The largest and oldest of these was Jaipur, also known as Amber.

The Khanteds were designated by the British as a "Martial Race", just like all the other castes. The martial race was a designation created by officials of British India to describe "races" (peoples) that were thought to be naturally warlike and aggressive in battle and to possess qualities like courage, loyalty, self-sufficiency, physical strength, resilience, orderliness, hard working, fighting tenacity and military strategy. The British recruited heavily from these "martial races" for service in the colonial army.

In the later years of the British rule, Rajputs & many others converted to Jains, Agarwals, Vaniyas and other religions. The Reason behind the conversion(s) was mainly because the people did not want to serve the British army or die fighting in a battle. A Major percentage of the people who converted had to leave their homes for the fear that they might be ill treated for converting their religion/caste.

References

Khanted Wikipedia


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