Jai Mewar!

It’s back into Rajasthan for a quick visit, this time a different part than we’d seen before. It’s also a closer look at the traditional Rajput culture, which has shaped the character of the whole region, and touches on the work that we’ve done over the past month.

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The people in this state have only been “Indian” by legal definition since 1950, and the local maharajas and maharanas kept power until 1971.

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Like many other parts of the world with long and difficult histories, there is a strong independent streak here.

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The Mewar kingdom around Udaipur is rugged hill country, with massive and imposing fortresses hewn out of the mountains.

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In Agra and Delhi, we’ve heard the stories of Akbar the Great and the Mughal Empire. The Mewari were among those who stood up against them.

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Proudly defiant over 15 centuries, the folklore tells stories of epic battles, and people choosing mass ritual suicide over defeat.

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The landscape is also very green, due to the wetter climate here.

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There’s been monsoon weather the past two days, and it was positively torrential.

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But that doesn’t even slow down the couples speeding down the highway on their two-wheelers, with just one arm raised in front of the face, in place of a windscreen.

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Nor does it stop my local driver, from pushing a small but trusty Honda Amaze up a bumpy single-lane road through the mountains, where Google Maps shows only an empty grey expanse.

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