Jat reservation and JNU
12 killed. 150 injured. Railway stations, schools and ministers’ houses burned down. Water supply to the national capital cut off. All major highways blocked. Hundrerds of cancelled trains. Lakhs of people stranded across the state.
And, at the end of it all, the BJP Government, which has used all its might against a few students who protested with roses and slogans, meekly surrenders before the Jat mob and promises to grant the well-to-do community OBC reservation. None of their acts has of course been called “anti-national”, nor has anyone been hounded by the state police.
The whole Jat reservation drama was started by the UPA Government which through a March 2014 notification included Jats in the central list of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category in nine states, with an eye on the vote bank. The Supreme Court had scrapped this notification a few months later. The Modi Government meanwhile filed a review petition with the SC, asking it to reconsider its verdict. The SC promptly dismissed this too. The SC will probably oppose this latest move too.
It’s worth noting here that most of the powerful castes who have in recent years asked for reservation — Patels in Gujarat, Gujjars in Rajasthan and now Jats in Haryana — have been able to shut down the entire state for days. This itself is a testimony to their power and influence, which automatically makes them ineligible for quotas.
It is now an apt time to recall how upper caste Modi magically became OBC Modi some years back. Three months after he became Chief Minister, on January 1,2002, his Government issued a circular including his ‘Modh ghanchi’ caste is the OBC list. It is this acquired OBC tag and made up storiea of poverty that he used very effectively during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
PS — Just ignore those losers who are using this opportunity to demand an end for all reservation.