Jat reservations stir: Why the Jats don’t deserve reservation and their demand is baseless

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New Delhi | March 2, 2017 6:55 PM

On Thursday afternoon, the protesters had reached Jantar Mantar on Parliament Street in Delhi but the good thing was there were not too many reports of violence.

After police stopped the march towards Parliament, Jat leaders end protest, however warning to stage a bigger protest. (Reuters)

The Jat community in Haryana is agitating on the streets to demand a quota in state jobs and educational institutions. On Thursday afternoon, the protesters had reached Jantar Mantar on Parliament Street in Delhi but the good thing was there were not too many reports of violence. However, the demand in the first place itself, doesn’t make too much sense. To begin with, its not one community’s problem and can spark a nationwide outrage. The picture will be clear once you follow the pattern.

The Gujjars from Rajasthan did a series of protests in the state and other parts of the country in 2008. It resulted in violence and clashes with the police. Highways were blocked, buses were stopped and roads were damaged. In the end, Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje announced that she would write to the Prime Minister of India recommending placing Gurjars in the category of de-notified tribes, setting aside a reservation of 4-6 per cent for them.

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Since then, we have seen Jats coming out and demanding an inclusion in OBC list while Patels had a similar demand in Gujarat. The Kapus in Andhra Pradesh also a demanded reservation and the Marathas in Maharashtra are didn’t stop from raising their voices either. Now, if the government give reservation to any of these communities, next day there will be 10 more communities standing at the Jantar Mantar making the similar demand.

More importantly, somehow people in India fail to realize that your status hardly matters in achieving anything in life. Those communities who were given the backward status after Independence still fall under the same category and are not willing to come out. That’s strange and unfortunate at the same time. Sadly, India is probably the only country where people are willingly ready to accept that they are less than others.

coming back to Jats, people take a lot of pride in wearing t-shirts with phrases like ‘JAAT ke Tthat’, ‘Jaat Boys are no Toys’ etc, when Virender Sehwag scores a triple-century, they proudly say Jats are not less than anyone else. However, when it comes to repeaing benefits, they happily step ahead and accept they fall in backward category.

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