What Jats and Patidars did last year is being repeated by Marathas in Maharashtra. Reservation
became a topic of discussion after the Mandal Commission suggested its recommendations to the
then Government led by V K Singh. It received lot of flak from the student community in India with
self-immolations around colleges over the country.
Till recent years the Jats held political powers in UP, Patidars and in Gujrat and Marathas in
Maharashtra. The Supreme Court rightly put down the demands of Jats and forayed into the very
idea of reservation in India. It is true there are poor Maratha families who miss out on opportunities
due to reservations. But then there are Dalit families in UP being forced to dispose animal carcass.
Reservations were envisaged as a scheme that will help to foster social inclusion, social equality and
social justice. What B R Ambedkar attempted was to cement the social structure of our fragmented
society. After 69 years of Independence there is a need for amendment of the reservation system so
that no one is deprived. Inclusion of a single community into a reserved category would be
committing a mistake.
It has long been suggested that economic condition be the requisite for granting reservation to an
individual. Reservation gives the idea of a community inclusion, instead it should give the individual
more priority. Indian polity has been such that upper caste has had power till now and now they rant
as it slips through. Reservation was not their concern until they felt their dominance diminishing. An
amendment to the Atrocities Act has been called for by the Maratha community in Maharashtra.
What is to be understood here is there are people in each community in a vast state like India, who
will have some few members who will always exploit the provisions given to them. An amendment
to include all is essential instead of including one.