Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

`1-cr purchase or a gift? Curious case of Marwari horse

- Salik Ahmad salik.ahmad@hindustant­imes.com

A businessma­n from Rajasthan’s Pali has reportedly bought a Marwari horse for `1.11 crore.

The deal has all the trappings of Rajput folklore that highlights the warrior clan’s fascinatio­n for horses but what has fascinated people and made news headlines, is the amount paid for the animal.

The buyer, Narayan Singh Akdawas, a real estate and mining mogul of Pali bought the horse from Bhanwar Singh Rathore of the same city.

The indigenous Marwari horse is called Prabhat.

Parallels have been drawn between Prabhat and Chetak, the horse of Maharana Pratap, the medieval Rajput king of Mewar region.

Not only has Akdawas hired Sandrina from France to train the horse but has built two stables and a swimming pool for the stallion that will have two mares for company.

Questions about the authentici­ty of the deal are being raised by horse enthusiast­s.

A Facebook post by the former owner of Prabhat has started doing the rounds. In a post, Bhanwar wrote : “Real price 35,50,000”. Earlier Bhanwar said that he had sold Prabhat for the amount that has been reported in the media.

Akdawas, however, has a totally different story to tell: “Prabhat was a gift, given to me by my cousin brother, Bhanwar Singh. I haven’t paid him anything and there has been no money transactio­n at all.”

Asked why the media is reporting that the horse was bought and not gifted, he said: “It’s true that the horse is an extremely prized stallion. There was a bidder from Punjab who bid for the horse with the amount being quoted in the media.”

A person, who knows both the men, said that a deal has taken place. “Prabhat was bought by what amount the horse was sold to Akdawas,” said the man, who did not wish to be named. Raghuvendr­a Singh of Dundlod, Jhunjhunu, who heads the Indigenous Horse Society of India and owns more than 60 Marwari horses, said that it is a case of “false pricing to gain publicity”.

“The best Marwari horses fetch anything between `5-7 lakh. An exceptiona­lly good horse might get you`10-12 lakh but anything over that doesn’t make sense,” he said.

“The cases of false pricing will set a dangerous trend. People will open stud farms, not knowing the ground realities.”

 ??  ?? Prabhat, the Marwari horse that was bought for `1.11 crore.
Prabhat, the Marwari horse that was bought for `1.11 crore.

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