In last few weeks Gujarat is again back in media business. Since Modi left Gujarat in May 2014, there was hardly any news from our state which caught media attention. Once Again, Media has some stories however like in the past, it is not about positives but a demand of reservation on the basis of caste by Patel/Patidar community. It is interesting to note that the demand is coming for a community which lived like a very strong cohesive mature group with a lot of pride in whatever work they do. Not to forget that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel also came from the community of whom entire nation feels proud about.
Sardar Patel, A person who gave us “Bharat”; the nation we know. He is known as Iron Man of India. Our Sardar Patel is being used for a demand of reservation. It is sad for me and many others in Patel community, who don’t want to be associated with this movement.
I was really hurt to see the kind of outrage that some of my community members are expressing. I am also confused with their demand. I am not sure whether they are against reservation or they want reservation for Patel community. I have been a firm believer that reservation should only be given to people with economically weak background. However over the last 60 years it was used as a political tool. In fact the Mandal commission, gave birth to bunch of parties which have only “Caste” in mind and eventually they end being on sides of corrupts for political gains. Someone who has seen the history of such movement can never support another demand for reservation.
Now, coming to the current agitation led by a person called Hardik Patel. He claims to be fighting for youth but how, by demanding reservation? What a joke. You should help Patel youth in finding more opportunities instead of spreading such a disease further in the society.
In a speech made by Hardik Patel, he spoke like a warrior. Yes a warrior who has been forced to enter in the battlefield to kill its own men and to divide Indians one more time. Do we, the Patel community really need reservation to fulfill our dreams?
His speech had reference about Naxalism, terrorism, farmer suicide, development etc., now do you really thinking he is here for our communities benefit? Open your eyes else after 2-3 years you will regret your decision. Gujarat has more than 40 MLA from Patel community, did they fight election from caste based reserved seat? No people made them MLAs based on their work and Hardik Patel wants me to believe that Patel youth is backward and needs reservation to uplift its socio-economic status. He also spoke about Bhagat Singh? Yes Bhagat Singh who fought for national freedom and not community reservation or self-promotion. This is highly objectionable inference.
The person Hardik Patel’s association with Arvind Kejriwal is well known by now. In fact on 24th and 25th august I saw a lot of AAP workers (with AAP caps) instigating people aggressively. His today’s speech where he was showing disrespect to Guj CM Anandiben, our PM Narendra Modi but was showing immense support for Arvind Kejriwal & Nitish Kumar is enough reason for me to stay away from any such movement. Because it’s not a movement, but a political propaganda for self-promotion. Tell me, how is Nitish Kumar related to Patel community reservation demand? By the way Nitish Kumar has declared Hardik “Leader of youth”.
“Supporter of opportunist leaders can never be trusted”.
We have seen how in the past Kejriwal used youth of entire nation and fooled them. How he killed a sacred anti-corruption movement for his political gains. Media is interested in this story because they like such type of negativity and it helps in gaining TRP. This movement is nothing but an attempt to create unrest in the nation on the name of youth.
I WILL NOT REPEAT THE SAME MISTAKE I DID DURING INDIA AGAINST CORRUPTION MOVEMENT.
I AM A PATEL AND I DONT SUPPORT HARDIK PATEL, WHY?
BECAUSE I and MY FAMILY HAVE LIVED WITH PRIDE. WE HAVE OUR SMALL BUSINESS AND IT WORKS PERFECTLY FINE. WE DON’T BEG FOR SPECIAL QUOTA TO BREATH OXYGEN. WE CAN WORK HARD & EARN IT OURSELVES.
Important Note: Before asking a politician to remove reservation, I request you to get 10 people who can sign and declare that “I don’t want reservation”, I think only then politicians can gather courage to remove caste based reservation. Fact is, we ourselves reservation so let’s not blame the political parties entirely.
– Saumil Patel (Sent via Mail)