What the Gujjars really want?
- The entire Gujjar agitation began with the vehement demands of the community to be given Scheduled Tribe status along with three other communities.
- They wanted 5% reservation in the Special Backward Classes category, within the 50% reservation limit.
- Other than the 5% for Gujjars, Rebaris, Gadia Luhars and Banjaras; they also seeked an additional 14% reservation to Economically Backward Classes.
Gujjar reservation rebellion takes an ugly turn
23 Mar 2008
- On 23 March 2008, 'Rail Roko' agitation in Peelupura led to disruption in rail traffic. Protesters blocked rail routes.
- In clashes with Gujjars, 16 agitators were killed.
- Following the violent demonstrations at Sikandra in Dausa district where they tried to burn a police station, the Indian Army had to intervene; 15 protestors and a policeman were killed.
Gujjars strike again in 2010
26 Dec 2010
- Due to no subsequent action from the government regarding the 5% quota, Gujjars again went on strike.
- 1500 paramilitary personnels were called in by the Gehlot government to maintain peace.
- At least 9 trains were jammed on the Jaipur-Delhi and Mumbai-Delhi routes.
- The agitation was called off after 17 days with the government's assurance that it would quantify the data within 6 months.
Rajasthan HC stays the reservation debate
30 Jan 2013
- On 28 November 2012, the State Cabinet issued 5% quota to the SBCs without tampering with the 21% reservation available to Other Backward Classes. This meant that the overall reservation in education and jobs would be 54%.
- The Rajasthan HC stayed the 5% reservation for Special Backward Classes on 30 January 2013.
- The court slashed down this request as 'unjustified' and 'unconstitutional'.
Gujjars protest reaches second day
23 May 2015
- On 22 May 2015, the Gujjar Reservation Front of Rajasthan met for their 'mahapanchayat' in Bharatpur.
- 1000 protesters blocked the railway tracks, refusing to budge unless the reservation demands were met. The government failed to make any promises, as the matter lies at court's disposal.
- As a result, 70 trains were affected. 10 were cancelled while others were diverted along the Mumbai-Delhi route.
Reservation, but at what cost?
A total of 72 lives have been lost so far in the tussle for reservation by the Gujjars.
Rajasthan government bows down to Gujjar demand
29 May 2015
- The Gujjar agitation was called off after the Rajasthan government agreed to introduce a bill ensuring 5% reservation in government-run institutions for Gujjars and 4 other castes.
- This 5% quota is beyond the legal limit of 50% reservation.
- The government is also set to bring a separate bill for reserving 14% for economically backward classes.
- After this, general category seats would remain a mere 31%.
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