The persona of a sportsman, an Olympian, an army officer, and a competent political leader Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore inspires the world and rightly shows Zig Ziglar’s saying, “It is the character that gets us out of bed, the commitment that moves us into action, and discipline that enables us to follow through”.
Kargil Fighter Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Born in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan to the parents serving in the army, his father as Colonel and his mother as a doctor, Rajyavardhan was ought to be valiant, brave, inspiring, disciplined, and strong as he is. He graduated from National Defence Academy and then he attended Indian Military Academy where he was honored with Sword of Honor and the best all-round Gentleman cadet. The inclination of him towards sports fetched him the Sikh Regiment Gold Medal that is awarded to the best sportsman of the course.
He was later commissioned in the 9th Grenadiers (Mewar) Regiment on 15 December 1990. Rathore also fought in the Kargil War and was gradually promoted to Major on 15 December 2000. At the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Major Rathore won a gold medal and set a new record of 192 targets out of 200 which still stands. After a huge gap of 40 years, he led India to a Silver at the World Championship in 2003 in Sydney. Major Rathore was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 16 December 2004. His unparalleled discipline led him to triumph in the Olympics and he won the first-ever individual Silver Medal for India at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Rathore was ranked second worldwide nd after the Athens Olympics Rathore was awarded Arjuna Award (2003-2004) and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (2004-2005), the highest sporting honor in India. In 2005, he was also honored with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award.
The Olympian Rathore
Lieutenant Colonel Rathore successfully defended the title by bagging the gold medal at the Melbourne Commonwealth Championship Games in 2006. Rathore did not stop there, he won a bronze medal at the World Championship in Spain in 2006 where top 12 shooters of the world participated. Rathore is accredited for winning the Asian Clay Target gold medal four times in a row from 2003 to 2006. He also holds an individual bronze medal at the Asian Games 2006 in Doha. Between 2002 and 2006 he won 25 International medals at various championships for Double Trap. Rathore was promoted to the rank of Colonel on 1 May 2009. In 2011, Rathore participated in the Asian Clay Target Championship in Kuala Lumpur and won gold. His score of 194 in the Asian Clay Target Championship equals world record.
It wouldn’t be an injustice to say that Colonel Rathore fits in every suit and has served humanity in every possible way. He was sworn in as the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting on 9th Nov 2014 and then he was appointed as Minister of Sports on 3rd September 2017. And now he is serving as Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information and Broadcasting. Glorifying the country in sports, making country-men proud through his charismatic shooting and serving the motherland in the best way one can; as an army officer and guiding & tutoring youth through his spectacular vision of leadership, Colonel Rathore has always been a spine in one system or the other.