Reality Check India

Ministers helicopter attacked

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on February 19, 2009

Location : A dusty rural fort in Maharashtra

Distance from nearest pub : 123 Kilometres

A ministers helicopter was attacked by a furious mob.

Pune, Feb 19 : Demonstrators demanding reservation for Maratha community pelted stones in the direction of a helicopter carrying Maharashtra Finance Minister Dilip Walse- Patil at Shivneri Fort today.

Three activists of Maratha outfit Sambhaji Brigade and a policeman were injured when police indulged in lathi-charge as the protesters turned unruly and hurled stones at the helicopter, police said.

The incident happened just before Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s helicopter was to land at the historic fort, around 100 km from here, for a function on the occasion of the birth anniversary celebration of Chhatrapati Shivaji, they said.

Source : Samay

I happened to watch footage of the attack on TV. Let me tell you it was not pretty. Picture a dusty field with hundreds (maybe thousands) of enraged youth. Major melee, lathicharge, injuries. It was like a war zone into which the chopper tried to land. Somewhat like Blackhawk Down without the guns.

Sure enough the police and media brought it under control. I could not catch more footage in the evening news channels. I would say if a chief minister of Indias financial capital was attacked, it deserves more coverage. Maybe not as much as the outrage in Mangalore, but at least half of it.

The Marathas have every right to ask for a quota. Without clarity and strict scrutiny, they also have the right to expect to breach the 50% limit. Ironically, their claim is solidly based in equality. If HE can have it , why cant I ?

Wheeling and dealing of special citizenship status is the main activity of todays political leaders. Sorry bloggers, a new horizontal citizenship group called the middle class or the educated class cannot form in this environment.

The system of quota-without-data is unparalleled anywhere in the world. If India manages to pull it off, it will have proven everyone wrong. It has become our national project prove that equality of citizens is NOT a bedrock of a modern liberal democracy.

If we cant prove it, we will die trying.

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  1. Barbarindian said, on February 20, 2009 at 6:34 am

    A related piece of news:
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Quota-would-have-no-exemption-Govt/articleshow/4157733.cms

    Do you think it is a case of marking up prices and then giving a discount?

  2. kaduhu said, on February 20, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Barb,Good one.


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