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No ST status for Rajasthan Gujjars

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on December 18, 2007


Today, the Justice Jasraj Chopra committee submitted the long awaited report on whether the Gujjars of Rajasthan qualified for ST status.

The verdict is in : The Gujjars do not make it because they do not meet the five criteria, which are :

1. Spatial isolation

2. Economic backwardness

3. Shyness of the tribe

4. Should be a forest dweller

5. Cultural primitiveness

The report admits that

“.. under the criteria for ST status in the constitution, prescribed 60 years ago, hardly any group will qualify today.”

Source: NDTV

So what are they saying ? The obvious question that comes to mind is the selective evaluation of communites against these criteria.  The Meena community is probably immune from this evaluation simply because they are already “in”. This can be extended to all types of groups who enjoy any type of quota in India. This peculiar system of preferential treatment forms the backbone of Indian politics.

To get over this problem, the report proposes something more radical. Special quota benefits outside of the “official” quota system.

Sources claimed the panel had not granted ST status to Gujjars but had recommended an incentive package pertaining to jobs, reservations in academic institutions and scholarships to community members. The sources, however, said the report was unlikely to be made public.

Source : TOI

Does the “incentive” package sound like an unofficial quota ? These special packages once introduced will spark similar demands from across the country. The right strategy is to evaluate every claimant against the same criteria. This must start from the south where the quota beneficiaries have advanced to a great extent.


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  2. Barbarindian said, on December 18, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    Shyness of the tribe

    Are they serious?

    In any case, the Gujjars appeared to be anything but shy. The head honcho even went on Devil’s advocate.

  3. ravisrinivas said, on December 19, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Shivraj Patil has promised a Sachar committe for christians when he met the Archbishop in Kerala.

  4. ravisrinivas said, on December 19, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    I dont know what anthropologists say on this issue. I think the issue will get complicated because Assam tea tribes and others may think they also may get a ‘package’ but not ST status. The whole reservation issue needs a rethink based on data and needs of the communities.

  5. realitycheck said, on December 19, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    >> FYKI
    Shivraj Patil has promised a Sachar committe for christians when he met the Archbishop in Kerala.

    I am not sure they want that.

    If policies were laid out as per the Sachar report, then KE/KA/TN/AP muslims are all out of the social justice net.

    The question is one of cross representation :

    Sachar points out the Muslims in Bengal / Assam / UP are backward
    — leads to —
    Muslims in TN / KE / AP getting dedicated religion based quota in jobs and education

    True secularists should reject these moves outright. These policies will lead to the birth of hardline hindu leaders who will suddenly appear very desirable to the free-agent voters.

    One option is to make free-agent voters irrelevant (such as in TN/UP/Bihar). This is probably what the UPA government has in its mind.

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