Delivering it nearly in tears, she comes across as a simple, Haryanvi girl, addressing her people, her state. But it is her simple direct message that has hit home. Anuradha Beniwal, national chess champion, has won the internet with her video criticising the Jat quota stir. Below is the video, and what she says, translated from chaste Haryanvi:
“Ram Ram, Namaskar, I am Anuradha Beniwal, national chess champion.
My first coach was a Thakur, the second a Pandit (Brahmin)... They never asked me if I was a Jat, Kumhar, Dhanak, or Bania. [They thought] She’s our girl, our very own, from Haryana; she likes chess, so let us teach her.
Now, you have burnt it all.
You are against everyone now. You says some Saini said this, another Thakur said that; but even if they said something, will you then burn our schools? Set fire to your own land? You have burnt your own homes, not some America or something. Some Pakistan did not lose anything; you have cut our trees; Sanghi has lost its trees; Meham has been burnt, do you understand? You have not burnt Lahore, but your own homes.
What will you do with this reservation, or these jobs, when there will be no schools, no teachers will come to the schools that are there, the colleges will have no faculty. No company will want to come here to invest. They will fear, what if they reach there, armed.
Government jobs are not everything. We need to make an environment of development. We can do anything, you know. We are winning Olympic medals, we have this land. Why are you insulting our land, our Haryana? There’s nothing to be gained from this, but a lot to lose.”