In India, time and again, demands are raised by communities to be labeled ‘backward’ so that ‘reservation’ can be made easily available to them – in jobs, educational institutions, etc. A few months ago, it was the Patels. This time, it’s the Jat community making the demand for reservation in jobs and education once again. Since the past nine days, the mob led by many Jat leaders went on rampage in over 10 districts of Haryana and it has left 11 people dead and over 150 injured.
Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda and pro-boxer Vijender Singh, both Jats, came forward to appeal to the protesters. They made humble requests by posting messages on social media websites. Besides that, many others also took to microblogging website Twitter to express their views on the issue.
"Ram Ram apne hi ghar mein aag lagane ka Kya fayda?Baat cheet se hi baat aage badhegi.Bhai Ya tod phod band karo (Greetings! What’s the point of burning our own house? Discussion is the only way forward. Brothers stop this mayhem) #JatProtest #JatReservation," Hooda tweeted.
"Dudh Dahi Ka khana yo mahra Haryana bhaiyo Haryana apna he h na ldo aapas me (Milk and curd we eat, it’s our Haryana, brothers stop fighting among each other) #SaveHaryana," Vijender posted.
"Randeep Hooda had asked his Jat brothers to stop the destruction. But they didn’t. Because woh HUDA ki nahi sunte, yeh Hooda kya cheez hai (they don’t listen to Huda, who is this Hooda then)," said one Akshar referring to former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s appeal to the community which was followed by the Highway actor’s request.
In north India, nearly 800 trains were cancelled by railway authorities due to the Jat agitation. Commenting on the issue, Rajya Sabha member Parimal Nathwani tweeted, "Airlines again exploited passengers as Delhi-bound trains were affected due to the Jat agitation! Ahmedabad-Delhi 18K to 20K!"
Journalist Saba Naqvi posted a tweet underlying that many Jats are affluent and it’s a joke to call them ‘backward’. "On teenage social media, a Jat kid jokes| sorry I’m late, was protesting, then police came, so escaped in my BMW…" Naqvi tweeted.
Journalists Vishnu Som and Shekhar Gupta also voiced their opinion. "Capt Pawan, killed in Kashmir, was Jat from JNU. He didn’t need reservations, nor banners saying, `I’m a nationalist’," Som tweeted.
"Jat demands mostly unjustified, agitation anarchic. Needs firm handling, with political skill & tact which seem missing in clueless #Haryana," Gupta posted adding, "Where’re BJP’s tall Jat leaders, Ch Birender Singh Balyan, Hema Malini who wins as Jat Bahu(daughter-in-law)? Shd (should) be sent to Haryana to calm their biradari(community)."