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What is the whole issue of Jat reservation in Haryana?

February 23, 2017

They say politics is a dirty game but it actually is. There is no powerful show other than politics in this world and we all are part of it, somewhere knowingly or unknowingly. Our views, opinions and actions are often marginalized in favor of one political party and considered against the interest of nation.

Our nationalism gets challenged on having certain views which may not go down well with other strata of society and that’s when things go uglier. Rome was burnt down to hell in name of revolution and rest is history. Is another history being written in Haryana? Let’s wait-n-watch. 

SERIES OF EVENTS

  1. It all started with Congress who then created a 10% SBC quota for Jats and three other castes in Haryana on December 2012. Further Congress led Central government includes Jats from other 9 states in the central OBC list on 4th March, 2014. As it clearly flouted the rule of 50% slab of reservations declared in Indira Sawhney case, it was stayed. This agitated the defeated Jat-led rival parties and instigated violent measures to pull the government down. Meanwhile, Manohar Lal Khattar of BJP becomes the first non-Jat chief minister of Haryana in 18 years.
  2. Supreme Court ruled against the reservation of Jats from 9 states in the OBC list on 17th March 2015 and Punjab and Haryana High Court did the same striking the 10% SBC quota implemented by Congress-led Hooda Government. These series of rejections didn’t go down well with the Jat community and led to Sarva Jat Khap Panchayat of Jats on January 2016. In the beginning what seemed to be peaceful protest turned out to be a political plot laid down by the defeated political parties with a motive of disturbing then running government in the state.
  3. Protests turned violent on 12th Feb, 2016. Jats reservation movement turned violent and scathed crores of rupees in flames. There were incidents of rape, organized loot, vandalizing both public and private property and even schools were not left, the most shameful thing about the entire incident.
  4. Khattar government succumbed to Jats violent protest and finally passed the reservations in assembly; 10 per cent quota in class III and IV posts and educational institutions and six per cent quota in class I and II posts to Jats, Jat Sikhs, Rors, Bishnois, Tyagis and Muslim Jats in Schedule-III. The reservations passed the upper ceiling of 50 % and hence stayed by the Punjab & Haryana High Court.
  5.  Haryana Government Approved Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Bill on March 29, 2016 and notified the Act on May 13, 2016.
  6.  Reservation Share: OBC’s 27%, SC 15%, ST 7.5%.  Total 49.5% of the seats are reserved for these groups. State governments on many occasions have tried to make 50% reservation which always have been stayed by the apex, Supreme Court. 

Temperatures are soaring high and anything can happen in Haryana. SYL issue has further worsened the security conditions for nearby states like Punjab. Law Enforcement agencies are under tremendous pressure to curb the anti social elements in garb of protests and previously also common public has faced the harassment in hands of these individuals.

Know How Tamil Nadu has been able to get 69% Reservation – 50% OBC, 18%SC, 1% ST? Subject to judicial review, immunity to only those passed before April 1973, parliament placed TN reservation bill in ambit of schedule 9 by 76th amendment act. Schedule 9 of the Constitution – what you put there stays there, Article 31-b.

It is expected from the people to maintain peace and harmony and not to take law in their hands. Lets’ try to maintain peace and order in the state, please people. 

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