Age: 52 Years
Father: Chaudhary Mahendra Singh Tikait
|Profession(s)||Farmers' Leader & Politician|
|Famous For||Being the son of late Mahendra Singh Tikait, one of the most significant farmers' leaders in the history of Independent India
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 177 cm
in meters- 1.77 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 10”
|Hair Colour||Salt and Pepper|
|Political Party||Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD)
|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.
|Date of Birth||4 June 1969 (Wednesday)|
|Age (as of 2020)||51 Years|
|Birthplace||Sisauli village, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh|
|Hometown||Sisauli 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/University||Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut (formerly Meerut University)|
|Educational Qualification||Bachelor of Arts My Neta|
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||Year 1985|
|Wife||Sunita Devi (homemaker)
|Children||Son- Chaudhary Charan Singh Tikait
Daughter(s)- Seema and Jyoti
|Parents||Father- Mahendra Singh Tikait
Mother- Baljori Devi
|Siblings||Brother- Naresh Tikait (BKU President), Surendra Tikait (manager at a sugar mill) & Narendra Tikait (farmer)
|Net Worth (approx.)||Rs. 4.1 crore My Neta|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Rakesh Tikait
- Rakesh Tikait is a farmers’ leader, politician, and the national spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union. He is the son of 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.
- In 1997, Rakesh was elected as the national spokesperson for the Bharatiya Kisan Union.
- The Tikait family members are associated with the Balyan Khap and. A rule of the Khap says that only the eldest son can take over the command (of any organisation) 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 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) at 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 to 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.
He is also a prominent member of the farmers’ committee of “Sanyukt Kisan Morcha” that participated in the talks with the union government.
- According to some media sources, Rakesh Tikait has been jailed for more than 40 times in his fight for the rights of farmers. Aaj Tak He has three criminal cases registered against him. My Neta
- Here’s an interesting video about Rakesh Tikait’s biography: