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Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021
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The Pitch Is Cracked

Wary Jats don’t want to be wrong-footed

The Pitch Is Cracked
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The Pitch Is Cracked
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The Jats in Haryana and western UP—whose own camp­aign for reservation turned out to be a tortuous journey to nowh­ere—are wary of extending support to the Patidars of Gujarat. Though some leaders at a meeting of Jat khaps in Jind last weekend decided they should give in-principle support to anyone fighting for caste-based reservation, many are having second thoughts. Hawa Singh Sangwan, president of the Haryana unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Jat Arakshan Samiti says, “The agitation by Gujaratis does not seem to be what it is. I personally think we should wait and watch.” The thinking clearly is that if the Patel stir takes an anti-reservation turn, the Jats shouldn’t be caught on the wrong side. After the March 2014 notification issued by the UPA bringing the community under the central list of OBCs was quashed by the SC in March 2015 (despite an appeal by the Modi government and a spirited defence by attorney-general Mukul Rohatgi), the community is back to square one. 

The UPA had accorded Jats OBC status against the advice of...

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