Few people realize that there can not be any
reservations without mentioning the castes. In other
words, we can not eliminate castism from our
country until reservations are stopped. Even those
who want the castes system eliminated now want
to keep their castes to obtain reservations in
college admissions and jobs. When the people were
classified according to their castes to provide
reservations, many proud castes like the Gujjars in
Rajasthan wanted to be labelled as upper castes.
15 people were killed in caste violence in the
state of  Rajasthan on Friday, the 23rd May, 2008
by police firing. The Gujjars staged a protest to
demand inclusion of their caste in the list of
Scheduled Castes. There were 10 more deaths 2
days later. Now at present Gujjars are not included
in the SC list, since at the time of the preparation of
the list in the 50s, they were not too eager to be
demoted to a low caste group. But having suffered
by being excluded from such a group which enjoys a
lot of benefits of reservations in college admissions
and jobs, the Gujjar community leaders want their
caste to be included in the list of SCs. The
protesters torched two police jeeps, and attacked
and clashed with the police. The violent protesters
lynched a policeman to death.
Adyar Gopal Parivar
News Items published on this website in May 2008
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Caste wars are coming!
By Mohan Shenoy
The caste list is prepared by the Central
Government, on the recommendation of the
State Government. The reservation for the SCs
is about 14% and if more castes are included in
the list the number of jobs or seats that the
existing listed members get,  would be reduced
proportionally. The limit of 14% can not be
increased.  Hence there is a strong opposition
from the listed members for inclusion of more
castes to the list. Our future will see wars
between the caste that is included and the caste
that is no included in the list. The Brahmin caste
is neither interested nor is it likely to be included
in any reservation list. The wars are not going to
involve the Brahmin caste, fortunately.
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