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Old August 23rd, 2015, 05:37 PM
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Hardik Patel: Rise of the quota warrior

Hardik Patel: Rise of the quota warrior
AHMEDABAD: Two months ago, nobody had heard of Hardik Patel, the man who has galvanized Patidar masses in a Gujarat-wide movement to demand reservations in the OBC quota. A 22-year-old BCom graduate who helped his father run a small submersible-pumps business in rural Ahmedabad is the convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS). Hardik is now directing a quota agitation that routinely pumps colossal crowds onto the streets.

Indeed, of the 100-odd Patel rallies that have been held, Hardik has attended between 60 and 70. He got thrown out of some rallies because of power struggles within the community but has emerged as an unlikely rallying point for a community which is already the most powerful in Gujarat.

Hardik, who graduated with less than 50% marks from Ahmedabad's Sahajanand College, comes from an average middle-class Patidar family from Viramgam, near Ahmedabad. His father, Bharatbhai, is engaged in farming too.

Hardik's rise has baffled everyone, especially the political establishment led by chief minister Anandiben Patel. He was a member of the Sardar Patel Group (SPG), a leading Patidar youth body, and was president of its Viramgam unit. But Hardik was ousted from the post because the leader of the SPG, Lalji Patel, was not amenable to the idea of Hardik promoting his PAAS. Formed only in July, PAAS has shaken social and political stability of Gujarat by becoming the uniting force for Patels, so far the bedrock of support to the BJP.

Following his parting with the SPG, Hardik concentrated on building up PAAS even as SPG leaders lodged an FIR against him, alleging that he had failed to return Rs 2 lakh he owed to the group. Hardik claims that the FIR had been filed at the behest of the state government. Old photographs of him with VHP strongman Pravin Togadia are also fuelling the rumour mill about the mysterious source of his strength.

The turf war between Patel factions swung Hardik's way on August 17 after the success of a rousing rally orchestrated by him in Surat which drew an estimated half a million Patels on to the streets of Diamond City. The SPG announced publicly that it shared a common purpose with PAAS.

The flourish has proved tricky for him too. Recently, a controversy broke out with the emergence of a video clip showing a montage of fiery images — including those with Hardik holding guns. In that video, shared widely on social media, a provocative commentary runs in the background. Hardik, though, says that the audio comprises just lyrics of popular Bollywood song.

The government wants to hold talks with him but he is clear that talks are possible only after chief minister Anandiben Patel announces OBC reservation for his community. There is a scare among BJP's Patel leaders as his group is threatening to picket BJP leaders till they pledge support to the reservation demand.

Hardik feels that Patidars are losing in the development race because of the present reservation regime. He said, "A Patidar student with 90% marks does not get admission in an MBBS course, while SC/ST or OBC students get it with 45% marks." He said that Patidars were not against SC/ST or OBC communities getting their due.

Hardik said that in the current government the CM is a Patel, as are seven ministers. "All these leaders have failed to protect the common Patidar. A common Patidar is now on his own," Hardik said.http://m.timesofindia.com/city/ahmed...n=timesofindia
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Old August 23rd, 2015, 05:42 PM
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Meanwhile Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel on Sunday cited the Constitution and Supreme Court judgments in a print and video message to the people of the state to say that "we cannot make any changes in the structure of reservations for SCs, STs and OBCs, nor can we give reservation beyond 50%".
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So now Patel's take over Gujarat and we can expect bands and riots in the coming days. Patels are very string and united .
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Whats next? reservation for baniya, for brahmins, for kshatriyas? This may just reinstate status quo after things come full circle.
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Whats next? reservation for baniya, for brahmins, for kshatriyas? This may just reinstate status quo after things come full circle.
Brahmins and Kshatriyas are also demanding reservation after patel reservation demand. but they are not that united and vocal.
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btw Hardik Patel is AAP supporter. his twitter account contain some anti BJP/Modi tweets and people are using this to oppose Hardik Patel.
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Re: Hardik Patel: Rise of the quota warrior

this is similar to marathas in maharashtra ( who are financially sound because of they own the sugar lobby ) demanding reservations . a financially sound community demanding reservations . in this case the patels are even richer . the quota system is becoming a joke .
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Re: Hardik Patel: Rise of the quota warrior

I do not see why all groups cannot have reservations.
For courses that do not have any laboratory requirements, they can be online and everybody can get that provided they pay for it. Exams should be abolished, and if the employer wanted to hire such educated people, they ought to screen and take whom they please.

For those courses of study where a laboratory-workshop environment is needed, it can be in a mobile van. A converted lorry. It can do several shifts in various locations in a city.

India has a large, young population. They should strive to get them all schooled in whatever they want, before the children get too old.
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Re: Hardik Patel: Rise of the quota warrior

On what basis should reservation be granted? Economic status, caste based, low percentage of representation in govt jobs, or randomly?
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Re: Hardik Patel: Rise of the quota warrior

Another lokpal movement and a young Anna Hazare ?
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Re: Hardik Patel: Rise of the quota warrior

With a name like that... his rise was inevitable.
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I feel there will be some tension today. Ahmedad is almost band today.
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Update KEY HIGHLIGHTS
State government tried its best to maintain peace, says Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel.02:59 AM

Hardik Patel has called for a state-wide bandh on Wednesday to intensify the agitation: PTI02:39 AM

Mobile internet services in Vadodara to remain suspended for 24 hours, beginning 6 am Wednesday morning, to prevent spread of rumours.01:28 AM

A police sub inspector admitted in ICU after suffering severe injuries in stone pelting in Varachha area of Surat.01:27 AM

Internet services suspended temporarily in Ahmedabad.01:00 AM

Curfew imposed in Kapodra and Sarthana districts of Surat.12:50 AM

http://www.m.timesofindia.com/india/...g/48674416.cms
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More about the first day of agitation

http://www.timesofindia.com/india/pa...g/48662043.cms

It's really a shameful act by Gujaratis,vandalizing public and govt properties.

I don't think Gandiji and Sardar Vallabhai Patel would had been happy to see this.
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