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Mobocracy triumphs in Rajasthan

The Gujjars got what they wanted through violent means.

They blocked roads, destroyed public and private property, uprooted railway tracks, put people to hardships.

Central and State Governments did nothing to confront them.

The Rajasthan Government by agreeing to the demands of Gujjars allowed mobocracy to triumph and has sent a message that violence pays.

Laws can be broken with impunity.

This will be a signal to many people in India including those who want creation of States of Gorkhaland, Telengana etc that they will succeed if they resort to violence.

While granting 5% reservation to Gujjars the Rajasthan Government also announced 14% reservation to EBCs.

This puts the total reservation to 68%.

Supreme Court has limited reservation to 50% except for exceptional circumstances where the population of SCs/STs in a State is more than 50%.

In Rajasthan there are no exceptional circumstances.

What will happen if women will also want reservation in government jobs and educational institutions? Nothing will be left for men in general category.

Some women want 33% reservation in Parliament and Legislative Assemblies.

The bill for that has been introduced in the Rajya Sabha.

Some parties instead of opposing it directly want reservation for OBCs in that 33%.

Soon Gujjars and others will demand a share in that 33%.

What will happen if some people demand reservation on the basis of regional identity? What if they want to drive out people from their states? These apprehensions are not far fetched.

They are a reality.

Strangely Gujjar agitation was led by a man who was once Colonel.

The man who was once ready to kill and die for India now is a leader of a group that broke laws.

In any country, more so in a democracy, rule of law has to prevail.

When mobs resort to vandalism and get what they want that is mobocracy.

That is the end of rule of law, democracy and civil society.

Let all leaders of political parties join together and take a stand to abolish reservations.

Otherwise India will disappear from the world map.

The States will turn into countries.

Updated: July 5, 2014 — 3:17 am

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