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Ahirwal is a region spanning parts of southern Haryana and north-eastern Rajasthan, both of which are present-day states in India.[1] The region was once a small principality based from the town of Rewari and controlled by members of the Ahir community from around the time when the Mughal empire was in decline.[2]

The name translates as "Land of the Ahirs".[3] J. E. Schwartzberg has described it as a "folk region"[4] and Lucia Michelutti as a "cultural-geographic region ... which includes parts of the districts of Alwar, Bharatpur in Rajasthan and Mahendragarh, Gurgaon in the state of Haryana."[3] The Ahirwal region in southern Haryana has 11 assembly segments spread over three Lok Sabha seats — Bhiwani-Mahendergarh, Gurgaon and Rohtak (one segment only) — having a sizeable presence of Ahir voters.[5]

The events at the battle of Rezang La on 18 November 1962 involved many soldiers from the Ahirwal region, who were greatly outnumbered by their Chinese opponents.[6][7]

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  1. ^ Singh, Jai Pal; Khan, Mumtaz (1999). "Hindu Cosmology and the Orientation and Segregation of Social Groups in Villages in Northwestern India". Geografiska Annaler. B (Human Geography). Wiley on behalf of the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography. 81 (1): 27–28. doi:10.1111/j.0435-3684.1999.00046.x. JSTOR 491040. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Haynes, Edward S. (1978). "Imperial Impact on Rajputana: The Case of Alwar, 1775-1850". Modern Asian Studies. Cambridge University Press. 12 (3): 423–424. doi:10.1017/s0026749x00006223. JSTOR 312228. (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b Michelutti, Lucia (2008). The vernacularisation of democracy: politics, caste, and religion in India. Routledge. pp. 41–42. ISBN 9780415467322.
  4. ^ Schwartzberg, J. E. (1985). "Folk regions in northwestern India". In Mukerji, A. B.; Ahmad, A. India: Culture Society and Economy. New Delhi: Inter India Publications. pp. 205–235.
  5. ^ "Gurgaon MP's exit to change political equation in south Haryana". Hindustan Times. 2013-09-24. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  6. ^ "Land Forces Site - Unforgettable Battle of 1962 : 13 Kumaon at Rezang La". Bharat Rakshak. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  7. ^ Mohan Guruswamy (2012-11-20). "Don't forget the heroes of Rezang La". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-01-06.

Further reading[edit]

  • The Panjab Past and Present. 32. Department of Punjab Historical Studies, Punjabi University. 2001. pp. 71–75.