Jaat / जाट
- The Jat people are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group spread over Northern India and Pakistan (mainly in the Punjab region), but also including large numbers living in the EU, US, Canada, Australia and UK.
- The Jat people have traditionally been mainly agriculturalists and members of the military.
- Historically, there have been many Jat kings and other leading figures, including several prominent political leaders in Pakistan and India, such as Sir Chhotu Ram, Choudhary Charan Singh, Chaudhary Bansi Lal, Chaudhari Devi Lal, Aitzaz Ahsan, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.
- A large number of Jat people have served in the Indian Army and Pakistan Army, including in the Jat Regiment, Sikh Regiment, Rajputana Rifles and the Grenadiers, where they have won many of the highest military awards for gallantry and bravery. The Jat Regiment is one of the longest serving and most decorated infantry regiments of the Indian Army having won 24 battle honours between 1839 and 1947, along with numerous decorations of individual members. Jat people in the Pakistan Army, especially in the Punjab Regiment, have also been highly decorated and won medals of the highest orders or bravery.
- The Jat people are one of the most prosperous groups in India on a per-capita basis (Punjab, Haryana, and Gujarat are the wealthiest of Indian states).
- Traditionally they have been a predominant political class in Punjab.