The ‘Rajputs’ have always been fighting men. They brought up their sons to become warriors. Before a child could lift a real sword he was given a toy one, and with it slashed at the heads of animals to strengthen his baby arm.
Before he could walk he was lifted on to the back of his father’s war horse and if he could neither read nor write, he was not ashamed, if he could ride.
In this way the Rajput boys grew up strong and hardy, perfect horsemen and swordmen, and, as a rule very perfect gentlemen. For they fought clean and fair. A woman, a fallen enemy, or a weak person they did not make war upon.