Gujjars: Methods adopted Right or Wrong?

Gujjars have a grievance.

Their share of the reservation pie is negligible.

Meenas were just as poor and deprived as they were once. Meenas got themselves listed as STs, Gujjars for some reasons didn’t.

There were other reasons too. They could have used the interim period to improve their educational standards, taken up vacancies entitled to them in schools colleges and technical institutions. They missed the opportunities for getting on the bandwagon for government jobs.

Now things have changed.Today they see Meenas lording over them every day in the villages, Police stations, Government daftars, and every where else.

Gujjars have lost out in the race for the pie. They realise the loss.

Going up the ladder of education would take decades. Worse, Vajapayee in a deft move included jats in the list along with them. They are aware they have no chance of performing bettter than the jats, who are much better off educationally, financially, socially.

The shortest, fastest, quickest way forward was to get themselves included in the list of STs.

Today the systems in place, political, judicial, or administrative do not allow for logical working out of problems and arriving at solutions. Governments of the day and political parties are highly cynical and manipulative.

Today ability to demonstrate raw power and ability to pressurise  alone yields any results. Gujjars had realised this. The methods adopted were a direct result of this realisation.

Results are there for all to see.

The Government of Rajasthan in a clever political play has taken steps, that go against Supreme Court directives and the constitution.

Gujjars have withdrawn their agitation. Temporarily.

What next?

Extracts from Mail Today.

Reservation politics may not pass the legal hurdle

By Gyanant Singh in New Delhi

THE Vasundhara Raje government has probably given more than it can to the Gujjars. The state government has breached the 50 per cent cap on reservations put up by the Supreme Court in the famous Indra Sawhney case in 1992. The constitutional validity of the state government’s proposed decision to increase the percentage of reservation from 49 per cent to 68 per cent, to appease the Gujjars and the poor among the forward castes is, likely to be challenged before the courts.

The Supreme Court is already examining the legal validity of 69 per cent reservation in Tamil Nadu and the matter is likely to come up hearing after the summer vacations. Though the Rajasthan government has managed to pacify the Gujjars, it would find it hard to defend its decision which was directly in conflict with the Supreme Court judgment restricting reservation to 50 per cent. The background in which the state government took the decision would also work against it in any court of law.

Except Tamil Nadu, no other state has exceeded the reservation limit
But for Tamil Nadu, there is hardly any state government which has exceeded the limit reservation set by the Supreme Court. Though the apex court is looking into the validity of the law enacted by the state having ahistory reservation since 1921, in view of special circumstances, it has allowed the state government continue with it with certain conditions.

Though the court had set alimit on reservation, this had not barred state governments from introducing separate quota for certain groups needing special protection by carving out quota within aquota. Faced with asimilar situation, the Maharashtra assembly had enacted alaw in 2001 accommodate groups such as Denotified Tribes and Nomadic Tribes under special categories under the OBC quota.

Recommending asimilar formula, the Centre had earlier advised the Raje government enact alaw like Maharashtra but the state government under pressure from various groups did not agree. The state government managed to convince Gujjars to give up their claim for Scheduled Tribe status through aseparate quota. But the challenge is probably far from over. It may now legal hurdle

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