The agitation by Jats might be reaching its saturation point with the government accepting the demands of the community. A committee under Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu will look into the issues of the community regarding reservation.
Home minister Rajanath Singh said, “While the committee will prepare a comprehensive report on Jat reservation, the Haryana government will introduce a Bill in the State Assembly to provide for reservation for Jats in the State”.
However, these protests have come up at great cost, not just economic but social too.
As per a report of ASSOCHAM, the violence and carnage has led to a loss of around Rs 18,000 to 20,000 crores. Public property including buses, railway stations, police cars, trains and local shops were burned to ashes. Railways has said that it has lost around Rs 250 crore. Due to blockade of the national highways, many vehicles got stranded which affected the businesses in North India and particularly Delhi. The Maruti plant in Gurgaon was shut down in the aftermath of the continuous violence in Haryana. The future prospects of investment in Haryana have also been affected due to a complete breakdown of law and order in the state. No company is predicted to invest in the state considering the inability of the government to tackle the agitation and ensure peace.
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The economic cost can be recovered and is reversible. It is the social cost that scares us. Are the Jats setting a precedence to get their demands done by violence for other communities?
Will violence be the method for agitators in a country where the Mahatma led us to independence using the non-violent method of Satyagraha?
Can’t the Jats demand reservation in a peaceful manner without creating havoc on the social life of others who have no interest in their protest? In the Rohtak city, almost all shops have been burned by the protestors. What will happen to the owners of these shops?
Their life savings have been destroyed in a fit of rage and unreasonable demands by a caste which is economically and socially sound. It’s reservation under the OBC category which has already been rejected by the Supreme Court at the central level.
The non Jats of the state are blaming the Jats for their present troubles. Even a small altercation can lead to further violence. The social harmony in the state is weakening and its social cost could be huge for the country.
Clearly, the state government has failed to respond to the issue in time, which has now been blown out of proportion. The death toll in the state has risen up to 20 with curfew in five cities of Sonipat, Gohana, Rohtak, Bhiwani and Jhajjar. Delhi was on the verge of a major water crisis as water supply was blocked in the Munak canal. Thanks to the Army which was sent to protect the canal, Delhi residents can now breathe a sigh of relief.
We have to wait and watch how this saga of protests further unfolds in the coming days, as sporadic violence is being reported despite government accepting the demands of the leaders spearheading this agitation. The most crucial question to ask, however, is what good has the community achieved by destroying its own home?
Actor Randeep Hooda has said that JAT stands for Justice, Action and Truth.
The protestors by using violence have done injustice to their brothers who have fought for the nation. Their actions have disgraced the image of the community in the society. And finally, there is no truth in their demands as we have mentioned above.
In the coming times, can the community bear the cost of its actions?