Sethi

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Sethi (सेथी) Sathi (साथी) is a Gotra of Jats.[1] [2] Sethi,(ਸੇਥੀ) also known as Seti or Sathi is a common surname among Jat Sikh clans of the Punjabi and Rajasthani people. Although this gotra of jatt clan has similar spell with Sethi clan of khatri sikhs who adapted Sikhism during the 18th and 19th centuries and originally followed Hinduism. Both are entirely different gotras although they have similar spell, jatt clan being called as ਸੇਥੀ whereas khatri sikh clan being called as ਸੇਠੀ.

Origin

History

According to Major A.E. Barstow, Sethi were very good soldiers due to the influence of Sikhism, and possessed more of a marital status. Barstow further comments, that due to their diet and their fondness for wrestling (something encouraged and taught by Guru Angad to the Sikh people) and weightlifting, they possessed good physical attributes for soldiery. According to R. W. Falcon, Sethi Jat Sikhs (alongside other Sikhs) were seen as a good source for recruitment. According to Captain A. H. Bingley they were particularly loyal soldiers.

In Rajasthan and Malwa region of Punjab, there are many Sethis which are Muslim jatts.

Sethis are a traditionally agricultural community in Northern India. Over the years, several sethi Jats abandoned agriculture in favour of urban jobs, and used their dominant economic and political status to claim higher social status. In Punjab (India), Sethi are associated with agricultural pursuits and land ownership. They often reside in the rural areas, and are economically influential in the state.

In addition to the conventional Sarva Khap Panchayat, there are regional Jat Mahasabhas affiliated to the All India Jat Mahasabha to organize and safeguard the interests of the community, which held its meeting at regional and national levels to take stock of their activities and devise practical ways and means for the amelioration of the community

Population

History

Distribution in Punjab

Villages in Amritsar district

Majitha, Sathiala

Notable Persons

Further reading

1. History of the Sikhs, by J.D. Cunningham, Satvic Media, Amritsar, 2002, ISBN 81-87526-04-1

2. ↑ Jat History Dalip Singh Ahlawat/Parishisht-I, s.n. स-78

3. O.S.Tugania:Jat Samuday ke Pramukh Adhar Bindu,p.63,s.n. 2512 3.-" The spiritual heritage of Punjab" written by jaswant singh neki

4. Thakur Deshraj: Jat Itihas (Hindi), Maharaja Suraj Mal Smarak Shiksha Sansthan, Delhi, 1934

5. Ratan Saldi (6 June 2009). "Caste System Among Sikhs In Punjab". Asian Tribune.

6. The Sikh Revolution By Jagjit Singh

7. http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Jatt(see caste lisings)

8. https://www.jatland.com/home/Jatt

References


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