The last few days, in the light of this Gujjar fracas, I have been wondering why has it cropped up now? why are the Gujjars protesting now?
Meenas may have all the clout in administrative wings of the government but its not as if they were included in the list last month. I read reasons like feel deprived of benefit that the other ST or OBC communities are getting and wondered if the real reason is being afraid of competitiveness and talent?
Their leaders may have promised them the star and moons for elections and they are, perhaps, right in demanding that these promises be fulfilled (but four years later??) but can’t they see thats what’s politicians do? Make promises just to garner votes and have no intention of keeping them?
In a weird, reverse reasoning, I think I am going to protest that nothing is kept aside for Brahmnins. I feel left out. Jokes apart, if 60 years later we still need to fight for reservation (right or wrong), there must be something fundamentally wrong in the way opportunities are presented to us for education and jobs.
Now a panel has been formed and some months later, sneakily, they will included into the list. “Just like reservation in student seats happened,” seethed a colleague of mine. Though I dont know why either cause upsets him.
But I still have not figured out why now.