Three theories on which Jats base their claim of being OBC

Jats are a backward caste community and the same has been classified as the one by the Kaka Kalelkar Commission in 1955,in which the Jat community has been shown as the “Shudra Varna” and treated as an Other Backward Class.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:May 21, 2012 3:51 am

Jats are a backward caste community and the same has been classified as the one by the Kaka Kalelkar Commission in 1955,in which the Jat community has been shown as the “Shudra Varna” and treated as an Other Backward Class

Also,the first Indian Prime Minister,Pt Jawaharlal Nehru,in his book Discovery of India has also written that the main occupation of Shudras is cultivation and domestication service

Even the Manu Samriti,in chapter number 10,stanza number 84,considers the agriculture occupation meant for low caste people

These are the three theories based on which the Akhil Bhartiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti plans to demand reservation for Jats under OBC quota before the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) in New Delhi.

In a recent statement,Samiti president Hawa Singh Sangwan had said he will soon take up the issue with the NCBC and submit a final claim for conferment of OBC status in the light of these theories.

“The Jats are indeed a backward caste community and we will definitely get reservation in admissions and government jobs under the OBC category. We are also in the process of filing a final claim before the NCBC,in which,we will mention the Kalelkar Commission report and also relevant portions of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru’s book and Manu Samriti,” Sangwan told The Indian Express.

Reacting to the statement issued by a former Congress spokesperson Ved Prakash Vidrohi,who had said that Jat samitis are pressurising the Haryana Backward Class Commission to submit its report by July 31,Sangwan said: “We should not forget that the Haryana Backward Class Commission is a permanent and independent commission,which is doing its work with full transparency and cannot be put under any pressure,even by the Haryana government. Such statements are illegal and immoral to misguide a common man.” He added that the OBC status was the constitutional right of Jats and thus,the community cannot be deprived of this right for long.

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