The 10-day Jat agitation has left 28 people dead, a few hundreds injured, and cost economic loss in crores, with houses, buses and buildings being burned to the ground. Amid all the chaos, renowned people from the community like Randeep Hooda and Virendra Sehwag reached out to agitators via media and social media, trying to reason with them — suggesting that violence is not the only way out. One such voice of reason that is doing the rounds on social media is Anuradha Beniwal’s, a Haryanvi jat girl from Rohtak, a national chess champion.
In the video shared from London, which has gone viral, Beniwal requests the Jat community in Haryanvi to stop the violence because it’s their own houses and their own country they are burning in flames. The way she starts her candid monologue, almost in tears, has touched many hearts. “My first coach was a Thakur, the second a Pandit. They never asked me if I was a Jat, Kumhar, Dhanak, or Bania. She’s our girl, our very own, from Haryana; she likes chess, so let us teach her (they thought).”
Beniwal is not only a chess champion, she is also a writer. Recently, she launched her debut book ‘Azadi mera brand’ at the World Book Fair in Delhi.