Reality Check India

Maharashtras free agent population to shrink

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on December 26, 2008

I sat in front of the computer. WordPress jumped to life. The topic on my mind was Pakistan. This was going to be an effortless post. Some server would host a few extra bytes of nonsense in a few minutes. Just when I started to type the first characters, I heard a commotion outside in the street.I went up to the window and looked out into the real world.

Nagpur, Dec 23 (IANS) Cutting across party lines, Maratha legislators in Maharashtra Tuesday made common cause to demand inclusion of their community in the ‘other backward classes’ (OBC) category and extension of reservation facility in education and jobs.

Several Maratha members of both houses of the state legislature, attending its winter session in this second capital of the state, held demonstrations at the Vidhan Bhavan premises in support of their demand.

Former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmikh, also a Maratha, told reporters that his government had assured the community of sympathetic consideration of the demand.

The demonstrations were led by Pandurang Phundkar of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Bhai Jagtap of the Congress.

Source : Mangalorean (emp mine)

I lost all interest in writing about big ticket issues.

I have been following this issue for a while now. It appears that the issue has now matured. There is no going back. 25% of Maharastrians are going to leave free-agent voter-hood.

You cant fault the Marathas either for wanting to be included in the list.If X can have it just for being X, why cant Y have it for being Y ? We cant apply reason and measurement selectively.We passed that fork in the road long back.

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