Archer Rajat Chauhan needs a job, says his elder brother Vimal
By Sudeep Sarkar,
He might have glorified the country with the first ever individual medal in the World Championship in Copenhagen three days ago. Still, despite being ecstatic over his brother’s success, Vimal Chauhan, the one and only brother of Rajat Chauhan, the ace compound archer, looks worried. The reason is that Rajat Chauhan is still unemployed. And Vimal Chauhan feels his brother needs a job to wrap up the financial distress of their family. Vimal has been the main earning member of Chauhan family that consists of parents and a sister. The 24-year old Vimal runs an online shopping business in Jaipur where his father is an advocate by profession. But he does not have steady jobs throughout the year. So, most of the financial burden is carried out by Vimal.
But there is an irony. Despite having clinched the gold medal in the last Asian Games in 2014, Rajat made appeal to the Rajasthan government for a job. But he was told that he must have to be a graduate to join any state government job! Vimal said, “In that case I do not know how Rajat will be able to get job as he has not been able to complete 12th standard for last three years only due to his international engagements. And not only that, we were told that Rajat, even if allowed to join any government job, will have to do duty for eight hours like other normal person. Even he might have to go for the training before joining job. And all these things will damage his archery. Naturally, he has still been unemployed.”
Vimal Chauhan was the man who pushed his 21-year old brother to the sports five years ago. Vimal actually noticed that Rajat had more passion towards the games than towards his study. And there has also been a trend in Rajasthan that several young lads had chosen archery after having watched a legend archer from their state, Limba Ram. In a similar way Rajat Chauhan started his journey at the Sawai Man Singh stadium with archery.
His one of the close friends at the same training camp, Ravi Sharma, also a compound archer recalled those days saying, “Rajat was dedicated right from that time. His tenacity was also very high. But we did not have modern equipments that time.” And in a bid to solve the problem Rajat’s mother borrowed required money against her golden ornaments to buy the modern arrows and bow. The price of those bow and arrows which was imported from USA reached nearly Rs 3 lakh.
Rajat is likely to return to Jaipur at the end of this week. And Ravi Sharma said, “Rajat’s history in World Championship has also made us proud. The state government, despite having promised to give Rajat cash awards after the Asian Games last year, has given nothing so far. But now the government must give him some rewards for this tremendous achievement.”
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