Photographer's Note

Khaba is a deserted village of Paliwal Brahmins (a business community). It is one amongst the many abandoned 19th century villages located 18 and 30 km southwest of Jaisalmer.

Khaba was once an ideal village of Paliwal Brahmins which was abandoned around mid of 19th Century by the then Prime Minister Salim Singh. History reveals that Salim Singh being Mohta by caste, wanted to marry a girl from Paliwal Brahmins. Because of the caste system, the Paliwals objected to it and Prime Minister started using evil devices to make the Brahmins permit him to marry that girl. On being refused he started torturing them. Because of it the Paliwal Brahmins fled from Jaisalmer to the nearby states in over night. There were eighty four villages of Paliwal Brahmins in the princely state of Jaisalmer in those days. Khaba is a testimonial of their prosperity and part of this village is occupied by Sodala Rajputs now.

The Khaba (or Jazia) Fort stands in ruins amidst desolation. The word Jazia stands for Tax that was imposed. New bastis (habitats) have developed mostly of the nomadic people here.

The two kids ran upto my car as soon as I stopped here. They tried to sell pencils and toffees to me! Pencils? I wondered....Some NGO would have provided them materials (including these pencils) to make these kids attend schools, & here they were trying to earn a fast buck, selling them!!

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