Sunday, September 06, 2015

Commentary - The Angry Young Patel

Hardik Patel - do Patels want reservation for themselves or the dismantling of the entire reservations system in India? 

This is probably the first article in the press charting the background and the career of the young Patel leader from Gujarat – Hardik Patel, who turned into a national sensation in a matter of days after the 25 August rally in Ahmadabad. The rally was attended according to estimates by more than half a million people, a feat none else but only Narendra Modi was considered capable of. This leader of the Patels is asking for reservation for the Patels, commonly considered wealthy, privileged and politically powerful. But that is only rhetoric – he is probably arguing for the abolition of the entire system of reservations in India. 

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