Rakesh Tikait Age, Wife, Family, Children, Biography & More

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Father: Chaudhary Mahendra Singh Tikait
Profession: Farmer
Age: 52 Years

Rakesh Tikait

Profession(s)Farmers' Leader & Politician
Famous ForBeing the son of late Mahendra Singh Tikait, one of the most significant farmers' leaders in the history of Independent India
Chaudhary Mahendra Singh Tikait delivering a speech to thousands of farmer protesters at Meerut's CDA ground in 1988

Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 177 cm
in meters- 1.77 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 10”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt and Pepper
Political PartyRashtriya Lok Dal (RLD)
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) Flag
Political Journey• Rakesh Tikait unsuccessfully contested the 2007 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election as an independent candidate from Muzaffarnagar’s Khatauli.

• On 14 March 2014, Rakesh Tikait joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), a political party founded by Ajit Singh, son of the 5th Prime Minister of India, Chaudhary Charan Singh.

• He contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Amroha constituency on the ticket of RLD. He could garner only 9,539 votes in the election (0.62% percent of the total votes polled), and hence, faced a defeat.
Personal Life
Date of Birth4 June 1969 (Wednesday)
Age (as of 2020)51 Years
BirthplaceSisauli village, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh
Zodiac signGemini
HometownSisauli village, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh
School• DAV Inter College, Sisauli village, Muzaffarnagar
• Kisan Inter College Lalu Kheri, Muzaffarnagar (1986)
• Board of High School and Intermediate Education Uttar Pradesh (1988)
College/UniversityChaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut (formerly Meerut University)
Educational QualificationBachelor of Arts [1]My Neta
ReligionHinduism [2]Patrika
CasteJaat [3]Patrika
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateYear 1985
WifeSunita Devi (homemaker)
Rakesh Tikait's wife, Sunita Devi
ChildrenSon- Chaudhary Charan Singh Tikait
Chaudhary Charan Singh Tikait
Daughter(s)- Seema and Jyoti
ParentsFather- Mahendra Singh Tikait
Mother- Baljori Devi
Rakesh Tikait's parents
SiblingsBrother- Naresh Tikait (BKU President), Surendra Tikait (manager at a sugar mill) & Narendra Tikait (farmer)
Naresh Singh Tikait
Narendra Tikait
Surendra Tikait
Sister(s)- 2
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)Rs. 4.1 crore [4]My Neta

Rakesh Tikait

Some Lesser Known Facts About Rakesh Tikait

  • Rakesh Tikait is a farmers’ leader, politician, and national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union. He is the son of the late Chaudhary Mahendra Singh Tikait, a legendary farmers’ leader who spearheaded several massive movements for peasants.
  • Rakesh has briefly served as a constable in the Delhi Police. However, during the 1993 farmers’ protests, when the Indian government was trying to pressurise Rakesh to convince his father to take back the movement, Rakesh refused to give in and resigned from his post. He subsequently jumped into the protest, and thereafter fully associated himself with the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) and started fighting for the rights of farmers.

    Bhartiya Kisan Union's former president Chaudhary Mahendra Singh Tikait and his Son Shri Rakesh Tikait during a farmers' Rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi

    Bhartiya Kisan Union’s national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait with his father, Chaudhary Mahendra Singh Tikait, during a farmers’ Rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi

  • In 1997, Rakesh was elected as the national spokesperson for the Bharatiya Kisan Union.
  • The Tikait family members are associated with the Balyan Khap. A rule of the Khap says that only the eldest son can take over the command (of any organization) after his father’s demise. Accordingly, after the death of Mahendra Singh Tikait in 2011, his eldest son, Naresh Tikait (Rakesh’s elder brother), was handed over the president’s post of the Bharatiya Kisan Union. Although Naresh Tikait was given the president’s post, all the major decisions of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) are taken by Rakesh Tikait.
  • The hereditary title “Tikait,” carried by Rakesh and his family members, was the title granted to the head of Baliyan Khap by Raja Harshavardhana, the Jat ruler of Thanesar in the 7th century. Since then, it is being conferred to each head of the Baliyan Khap and his male family members. Rakesh Tikait’s brother, Naresh Tikait, is the current head of the Baliyan Khap, who took over the command after the death of his father, Mahendra Singh Tikait, in 2011.
  • Rakesh Tikait, an influential name among the farmers of North India, has led several farmers’ movements in different parts of the country. He once led a successful agitation with thousands of farmers against the Rajasthan government, demanding the government to increase the price of millet (Bajra) which they procure from farmers. Although he had to go to Jaipur jail during the agitation, the Government of Rajasthan agreed to their demands.
  • He has come into the limelight during the 2020-21 farmers’ protests in Delhi. He is one of the farmers’ leaders who is being seen at the forefront of the ongoing agitation.
    Farmers' leader Rakesh Tikait delivering a speech at Singhu border during the farmers' protests in Delhi

    Farmers’ leader Rakesh Tikait delivering a speech at the Singhu border during the farmers’ protests in Delhi

    He is also a prominent member of the farmers’ committee of “Sanyukt Kisan Morcha” that participated in the talks with the union government.

    Rakesh Singh Tikait (third from right), along with other farmers' leaders, heading for the ninth round of talks with the union ministers at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi

    Rakesh Singh Tikait (third from right), along with other farmers’ leaders, heading for the ninth round of talks with the union ministers at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi

  • According to some media sources, Rakesh Tikait has been jailed more than 40 times in his fight for the rights of farmers. [5]Aaj Tak He has three criminal cases registered against him. [6]My Neta
  • On 30 May 2022, a man attacked him with ink at a press conference in Bengaluru. Later, the accused was identified as Shivakumar Atri, 52, who was reportedly released from jail in Karnataka’s Hassan in 2015; the accused was a murder convict who was released from jail for good conduct. [7]Hindustan Times

    Rakesh Tikait was attacked with ink at a press conference in Bengaluru on 30 May 2022

    Rakesh Tikait was attacked with ink at a press conference in Bengaluru on 30 May 2022

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