An open letter to Hardik Patel from a common man

An open letter to Hardik Patel from a common man


I am a common man of India, and you are leader of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) that was formed in July, a month ago. You are fighting for patidar community or patels of Gujarat to get OBC (other backward class) quota, because you claim that your community is lacking behind in development.

You want quota by any means, and you have already warned the Gujarat government of consequences in 2017 polls. Isn’t that a blackmailing? In yours speed, you said “give patels OBC status or face the music”. Around nine people lost their lives in the fire that you had started. Is that the lyrics of your music?

It is your right to make genuine demands from the government as long it is peaceful. The government supported your rally of nine lakh people, gave GMDC ground for free but you started blackmailing from the stage. People were seen in expensive cars and bikes to your rally and you claim them to be “underprivileged”.

So, let’s come to some facts Mr. quota warrior:

1) Diamond industry of Surat, controlled by the Patels

2) Pride is the first characteristic of a Patel in Gujarati literature. At the village level, their word usually is final. The village head is called Patel, regardless of his community.

3) Your state CM, health, finance minister are of your community, and many more are in central government cabinet.

4) As many as 60% of mid-sized motels and hotel properties all over the US are owned by people of Indian origin. Of this nearly one-third bear the surname patel.

It is an irony of our times that the politically, socially and economically dominant community of a state is demanding backward status. Are you fighting for OBC status or you are using it as an issue to end reservation. If you have problem with reservation then why are you demanding it? If you want to end reservation, don’t use the shoulder of your community to fight this battle.

You must be aware that the backwardness is defined by a set of defined criteria, and it is not an executive’s prerogative. A Supreme Court bench in March this year did strike down the UPA government’s decision to grant OBC status to the Jats.

You said our people get 90% marks and don’t get jobs. This year’s UPSC cut off for preliminary exam was 205 for general and 204 for OBC.

Do you know the conditions of tribes and SC in India??

Yes provision of reservation should end and it will one day, but not the way you want.

You asked reservation for patidar or remove it all together. This is like saying “give me a piece of cake or throw the entire cake.” You come from the state of Mahatma Gandhi, man of peace. Support integrity for the sake of our nation and for your society.

Whole country is watching. Don’t make us feel ashamed. Gujarat burnt in 2002, don’t burn it again for your political goals.

I hope I have made my point. You are 22, and you have lot of good years ahead.

I hope you will use your power in positive direction, make the country/state/community proud.

He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly towards a political career.

― George Bernard Shaw

Here’s to hoping for a more peaceful tomorrow.

Thank you
Aam Aadmi (Common man not AAP party)

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