Jat agitation-Refrain at roadblocks: Didn’t make it to civil services, quota would have helped

As the violent quota stir by Jats in Haryana enters the eighth day with the death toll touching 11, there are similar blockades every 5 km on the way to Rohtak and Jhajjar, Ground Zero of the agitation.

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | Bahadurgarh | Updated: February 22, 2016 1:25 pm
Members of the Jat community in Rohtak during the agitation demanding reservation in jobs and education. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav) Members of the Jat community in Rohtak during the agitation demanding reservation in jobs and education. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

A full-fledged pantry is offering puris and sabzi in the middle of the road, a trailer and some tree trunks are blocking the Bahadurgarh-Rohtak bypass and over 100 Jat men are lounging under a tent smoking hookahs.

No one can get in, no one can get out — except women, children and the ailing.

As the violent quota stir by Jats in Haryana enters the eighth day with the death toll touching 11, there are similar blockades every 5 km on the way to Rohtak and Jhajjar, Ground Zero of the agitation.

Om Prakash, 26, from Jakhoda village in Bahadurgarh, is guarding one barricade with his friends, all wielding sticks and iron rods. A law student of Delhi University, Prakash articulates his cause in fluent English. “I missed the civil services by one mark last year. If I had reservation, I would have got through. There are many like me. I don’t think that our lot is any better than the others. The reason I am speaking in English is to show you that despite having had good education, I am not getting a job,” he says.

Missing a chance at a government job or “a better future” by one mark is a common refrain in Bahadurgarh. Gaurav Lochab, 21, who spent Saturday night sleeping on a trailer, says, “I failed in SSC by one mark. If I had quota, I would have passed. Now I am forced to work in a factory for Rs 300 a day.”

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Sandeep Dalal, 33, an MPhil and marketing manager in a private company, has also joined the stir. “I appeared for an entrance test for the armed forces after my graduation. But I couldn’t get through because my marks were just under par. Now I am in private job. But it’s not easy. No one wants to give jobs to Jats. They think we are uncouth and troublemakers. People instigate Jats and when they react, companies retrench them. We want government jobs,” says Dalal.

The protesting Jats maintain that their demands are rightful and their protest peaceful. They say land holdings have reduced to one acre per individual in a family and even dairies is not profitable anymore. And, they directly blame the OBCs for the violence in Rohtak and Jhajjar.

“It’s the other castes who are indulging in violence to defame us. Our men have not done anything. Look around you, not even a bicycle has been deflated. But Jats are the ones getting killed. If you provoke us like this, there will be consequences,” says former sarpanch of Parnala village, Kishan Lal.

At Nayagaon, about 5 kilometres away on the Rohtak bypass, trucks carrying goods to Haryana have been forcibly lined up across the road. Two charred cars bear testimony to what may have happened here the previous day.

“It was peaceful, this government has turned it violent. First, this MP Raj Kumar Saini makes provocative statements against Jats, then this government supports him and sends Army behind our kids. Who has given most men to the Army? The Jats. And now they are being killed. We now understand the meaning of having a non-Jat CM,” says Sajjan Singh, 60, adding that the stir would continue until Haryana Assembly passes the law giving quota to Jats.

There is considerable anger against Saini everywhere. “In fact, if the government does not give us reservation but gives us Saini, it will be just as good. Don’t write his name as Saini, write it as Mali. He should feel the pinch,” says Dalal, referring to the caste (OBC) that Sainis actually belong to.

Social media and Internet services have been suspended, but rumours are flying thick and fast to fuel the stir further. While the government maintains the death toll at 10, villagers say they have spoken to people in other districts and put the toll at 20-22. There are also rumours of a girls hostel having been attacked by police in Rohtak.

“This is a Jat genocide. The government wants to humiliate and finish Jats. Army is not called to fight the Maoists, but sent after Jats instantly. Our Jat leaders like Capt Abhimanyu are doing nothing for us. Leaders are going to JNU, no one is coming here. We have to do something. This government is abetting sedition,” says Prakash, referring to the students’ protest in Delhi.

About 5 km into Delhi, the fallout of the quota stir is palpable with youngsters blocking the road at Nangloi. As police remove the blockade, they gather again at Veer’s Gym across the road, under a billboard showing two bodybuilders along with the slogan: “Get Ripped. Get Laid”.

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    Lunatic
    Feb 22, 2016 at 4:34 am
    Just a bit of anarchy and a few anarchists. They may becom ed CM of Delhi. Well done and keep it up. A bit of freedom of expression by Jats and by the Army is good for Indian democracy. A few dead bodies also helps Rahul and Kejriwal. Everybody is happy from the Puriwalla to Rahul.
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      Smks
      Feb 21, 2016 at 10:00 pm
      Shameless author!
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        Birender Budhwar
        Feb 22, 2016 at 9:39 am
        Father IPS mother IRS and children reserved is that what India to be ..? why not to remove this reservation system completely let a open compeion system who have the capability and ability get the job.
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          Birender Budhwar
          Feb 22, 2016 at 9:36 am
          He is mentally ill he is a anti jat guy.
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            Dev
            Feb 22, 2016 at 6:59 am
            Yes Then why center cabinet minister doing Meetings and Why there is Army they are also not belong to state.
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              Gurpreet
              Feb 26, 2016 at 10:30 am
              " There is considerable anger against Saini everywhere. “In fact, if the government does not give us reservation but gives us Saini, it will be just as good. Don’t write his name as Saini, write it as Mali. He should feel the pinch,” says Dalal, referring to the caste (OBC) that Sainis actually belong to." First of all Sainis are not Malis. Original Saini Caste is a Martial Cl. Mali is a different caste. Malis start using this surname after 1937. Basically original Saini caste traditionally found only in Punjab, North Haryana (Shivalik Region ) , Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh. And Raj kumar Saini belongs to Saini caste not mali saini caste.
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                Gurpreet
                Feb 26, 2016 at 10:36 am
                And Rajkumar Saini has never given hate speech. First listen his speeches and then decide. Don't beleive on rumours. Yes he said one thing " Jat Lath tantra ke adhaar per aaRakhan lena chaate hae. " and yes u all proved it.
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                  jsp
                  Feb 22, 2016 at 5:49 am
                  so those who missed any examination by few marks should demand for quota? what rubbish.
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                    future
                    Feb 22, 2016 at 5:58 am
                    If he is PM and not CM then why performing rallies in states... He is the PM of INDIA as a w...
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                      madan gupta
                      Feb 21, 2016 at 11:31 pm
                      मिलिट्री, जुडी शरी , निजी क्षेत्र में भी कोटा लागु करो, ताकि सब एम्प्लायर भारत से भाग जाएँ. वेतन तो कोटे वाले लेगें काम इन का बाप करेगा.
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                        Neutral
                        Feb 22, 2016 at 12:42 am
                        My first questions..w state is burning but where is Mr. Modi???? He was conducting rally in Orrisa i guess..Not even a single statement..atleast he could have requested people to maintain peace if not on reservation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Atleast someone is bringing up a part of truth on table...Some of the facts from ground... 1. More than 100 people were killed in last few days..Media/DGP/Govt is not showing the true intensity of damage that was caused.govt is afraid of President rule in Haryana and re-election..where BJP will loose for sure..! 2. Violence started when police fired on students who were peacefully going to meet Capt. Abhimanyu at his residence to request him to ask police to investigate about two missing students but Abhimanyu ordered police to open fire where many students were injured and two were killed..Earlier, students were taken into custody by police but two of them were missing but later police denied that missing students are in their custody..DSP Rohtak - Mr Bhatia entered MDU hostel in the night and students were brutally beaten and taken into custody. (Search for videos on you tube and you will find plenty) 3. Ramkumar Saini..check out his hatred speech agains Jaats on you tube and then decide..! 4. Its not only Jaats but other communities were also involved in violence and they were also looting the shops in nights and burning public property.. 4. Sonipat-GT Road (TDI Mall) - Jaat caught people from other communities looting the shops and called Media but that news is still not on air.. 5. Bhiwani - its the people for other community who first attacked Jaats who were protesting with weapons.. 6. Violence was never caused by demand for reservation..its I seriously condemn violence but people should know the ground reality which obviously paid media is not showing..
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                          Utsav Pareek
                          Feb 22, 2016 at 6:06 am
                          I think Jats could have been given Reservation but after violence and destruction they should never be given reservation. Our consution says Right to peaceful protest but they have violated it and now they have no right to even ask for reservation. They have even attacked army and killed many people. Now they are criminals and a serious action should be taken against them. Also. now they given reservation because they did violence and in future more communities could use violence as a method to ask government for their demands.
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                            Rajiv Mohan
                            Feb 23, 2016 at 1:16 am
                            He even don't know that there is no reservation for selection into the Armed Forces. This is the state. They think Govt Job is for rest and enjoyment. "Sandeep Dalal, 33, an MPhil and marketing manager in a private company, has also joined the stir. “I appeared for an entrance test for the armed forces after my graduation. But I couldn’t get through because my marks were just under par. Now I am in private job. But it’s not easy. No one wants to give jobs to Jats. They think we are uncouth and troublemakers. People instigate Jats and when they react, companies retrench them. We want government jobs,” says Dalal." - See more at:
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                              Siddhant Agarwal
                              Feb 22, 2016 at 6:10 am
                              As hi Ji did it...non violence.
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                                Siddhant Agarwal
                                Feb 22, 2016 at 6:09 am
                                I even missed ssc by a few marks this year. I belong to the general category. So instead of working harder for it should I go out on the streets and burn the country. Is reservation only the way to secure a selection? About PMNaMo politics is a vicious arena you say sth , you shall be caught, criticised and blame. He has been working very hard to levitate the country's status, please refer to figures. So instead of debating lets do sth positive for the country.
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                                  Sunil
                                  Feb 22, 2016 at 5:59 am
                                  how could somebody be denied his merit based right in education , jobs....just of the fancy pretext that so called higher castes....presumably enjo higher social status in country in some distant past......diddnt everybody suffer at the hands of englishmen and mughals...just before independence........? seed of frangmentation in social fabric was sown loan ago...when undue favor in the form of reservation was given to the select few......depriving everyone else....time to rewrite the history......if the socalled "higher castes"...have to survive . this country
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