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2016, According to the FIR filed yesterday, For all the latest India News, an arena in which young Patels play a major role. (File Photo) Related News Given the association of the prime minister with Gujarat the coming elections in the state will be an important test for his government While demonetisation and the GST have destabilised the local businessmen the group the BJP has probably alienated the most is the Patels After the repression of the movement led by Hardik Patel in the name of reservations in August 2015 the Gujarat government has not found any agreement with the most active Patel organisations the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti and the Sardar Patel Group On the contrary in the context of what looks like a tug of war young Patels in September 2016 prevented Amit Shah from addressing a rally organised by the BJP to honour the Patel ministers in the then new government led by Vijay Rupani On September 12 PAAS activists clashed with the BJP Yuva Morcha in Surat again Last month when Narendra Modi was laying the foundation stone of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train with Shinzo Abe Hardik Patel conducted a three-day Sankalp Yatra which took him from Ahmedabad to Somnath In his speeches he accused the BJP of being responsible for the imprisonment of dozens of Patidars after the August 2015 repression and described it as a party of “dictators and goons” By contrast he was soft on the Congress which he said in 1985 — during the repression of the anti-reservation riots in which many Patidars took part — “didn’t kill anybody But these people killed 14 boys They don’t have any right to be in power for the next 50 years” Here Hardik Patel refers to the casualties of the August 2015 repression and to Amit Shah’s speech in August when he said the BJP would stay in office not five or 10 but 50 years Hardik Patel’s words echo the social media of Gujarat an arena in which young Patels play a major role Parallel to the campaign ‘Development has gone crazy’ which shows pictures of undevelopment or maldevelopment across the state another one ‘I have been duped’ focuses on promises which have not been kept like the Metro jobs or more specifically Patel-related issues One slogan says: “They could not give reservation but used bullets and lathis to hit I have been duped” Another one referring to the replacement as CM (in 2016) of Anandiben Patel not by Nitin Patel but by Vijay Rupani: “They showed us the face of Nitinbhai and delivered Rupani… I have been duped” The resentment of the Patels results not only from the attitude of the BJP government but from their comparatively deteriorating socio-economic condition There is a paradox here: According to the Indian Human Development Survey their annual per capita income has jumped from Rs 17470 in 2004-5 to Rs 51045 in 2011-12 gaining the top position in the state (the Brahmins who were number one in 2004-5 with Rs 20528 have moved to the second position with Rs 44144) But the Patels who have benefited are not the 40 per cent who till the land (or the 8 per cent who belong to the “casual labour” category) but the 19 per cent who are doing some business and the 19 per cent who are “salaried” In fact inequalities have increased more among the Patels than in most other groups including the Brahmins: The Gini coefficient between 2004-05 to 2011-12 has jumped from 049 to 057 when the evolution amongst the Brahmins has been less dramatic (from 049 to 054) — and the Gini coefficient has even declined among the other forward castes It means that the 20 per cent of the richest among the Patels cornered 614 per cent of the total Patels’ income in 2011-12 (against 528 per cent in 2004-5) whereas the 20 per cent of the poorest got only 28 per cent (against 41 per cent seven years before) But the poor Patels are probably even more upset because of another development: They are increasingly lagging behind the OBCs and Dalits In fact the mean income of the first quintile of the Patels Rs 3382 used to be very similar to the mean income of the second quintile of the SCs Rs 3643 in 2004-5 Seven years later the mean income of the first quintile of the Patels Rs 6978 was almost half the mean income of the second quintile of the SCs Rs 11411 A similar trend is seen in the following quintile And the fourth quintile of the SCs now earned in 2011-2 as much as the third quintile of the Patels about Rs 29000 What is important here is the trend towards the closing of a secular gap even more obvious in the comparison between Patels and OBCs The first three quintiles of the Patels have seen a mean income increase of respectively 106 per cent 137 per cent and 144 per cent from 2004-5 and 2011-2 whereas the first four quintiles of the Kolis have increased by 74 per cent 128 per cent 192 per cent and 204 per cent and the first four quintiles of the other OBCs have increased respectively by 211 per cent 177 per cent 170 per cent and 194 per cent As a result the third quintiles of the Kolis and of the other OBCs earn almost as much as the second quintile of the Patels and their fourth quintiles almost as much as the Patels’ third quintile To compensate for the erosion of Patels the BJP might woo a section of Kolis and STs who have gained economic mobility in the last decade The richest quintile among the Kolis cornered 678 per cent of the total Koli income in 2011-12 (against 565 per cent in 2004-05) which is the highest among the elites of all caste groups The top income quintile of STs who cornered 578 per cent of total tribals’ income in 2011-12 (against 497 per cent in 2004-05) in the state might be the other BJP’s target The party may also use symbols there by promoting the new president’s caste (he’s a Koli) and inviting the Adivasis to look at themselves as Hindus first But the loss of the Patels would remain a problem for the BJP as they reflect societal changes The figures of the IHPS show that class differentiation is increasing in every caste group and that the upper layers of the lower castes are catching up with the middle-level Patels — hence Hardik Patel’s demand for reservations These processes have something to do with urbanisation and reservations Indeed the fractions of the caste groups staying in villages are usually losing out Will class play a role in the coming state elections like in 2012 when for instance urbanised Kolis supported the BJP whereas rural Kolis stood behind the Congress Or will caste solidarity prevail The question is particularly relevant in the case of the Patels who may feel alienated but among whom there are still ardent partisans of the BJP especially among the elite fractions of the caste Jaffrelot is senior research fellow at CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS Paris professor of Indian politics and sociology at King’s India Institute London Kalaiyarasan is faculty at the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development New Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Aditi Raja | Vadodara | Published: November 29 2017 5:51 am Top News Days after Archbishop of Gandhinagar Thomas Macwan in a communique to the Christian community sought prayers to save India from “nationalist forces” he on Tuesday replying to an Election Commission notice clarified that he had no “mala fide intention” against any party The Election Commission last Saturday had issued a notice to Macwan Archbishop of the Gandhinagar Archdiocese for his call to the Christians to pray for the victory of “humane leaders faithful to the Indian Constitution” in the Assembly elections to “save” India “from nationalist forces” The notice had asked the Archbishop to explain why his appeal to the community should not be viewed as a violation of the Model Code of Conduct The DEO will now examine the reply on Wednesday DEO of Gandhinagar Satish Patel told The Indian Express that Macwan in his reply stated that he “did not have any mala fide intention” against any party The archbishop according to Patel has explained that his communique dated November 21 was “seeking prayers for people to choose good candidates” Patel said “The archbishop has submitted a reply through the returning officer He has said that his intention was only to seek prayers for good candidates to be voted during the upcoming election We will examine the reply tomorrow to conclude if his act was violation of the Model Code of Conduct” For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Rajkot | Published: July 8 2017 7:35 pm The violence broke out in the streets of Surendranagar town the district headquarters at around 1 am on Saturday after Indrasinji’s body was shifted to government-run Gandhi hospital for post-mortem Top News VIOLENCE BROKE out in Surendranagar town hours after Indrasinhji Zala the former president of Dhrangadhra municipality and who was associated with the BJP was allegedly hacked to death by a group of 15 men near Dhrangadhra late on Friday evening The police suspect this to be an incident of “revenge killing” Indrasinhji and his family were attacked at Haripar junction on state Highway 17 while they were on their way back home from a family vacation in Undaipur Police said that the accused overtook Indrasinhji’s car and forced him to halt his car at the Haripur junction The accused then dragged Indrasinji out of his car and then beat him up with scythes After mortally wounding 50-year-old Indrasinhji the attackers also beating up some of his family members before speeding away in their vehicle Indrasinhji was rushed to a hospital in Dhrangadhra but later he died of his wounds The violence broke out in the streets of Surendranagar town the district headquarters at around 1 am on Saturday after Indrasinji’s body was shifted to government-run Gandhi Hospital for post-mortem Mobs torched some vehicles parked on the road near the hospital vandalised other vehicles and also set fire to around a dozen cabins The police resorted to lathicharge and managed to disperse the rioters after some time Later on Saturday morning Indrasinhji’ funeral was taken out in Dhrangadhra amid tight security Police were deployed in sensitive areas of Dhranagadhra town and Surendranagar on Saturday and no other incident was reported till late evening Indrasinji’s younger brother Ajitsinh filed his complaint at the Dhranagadhra taluka police station and also named the 15 persons who attacked his brother In his complaint he stated that accused attacked his brother due to disputes which were ongoing since one Popat Bharwad was allegedly clubbed to death in Dhrangadhra in 2012 Based on the complaint Dhrangadhra taluka police booked the 15 for murder attempt to murder and rioting Police said that Ajitsinh was travelling in the car which was attacked “The names of the accused suggest that this is a case of vendetta killing Indrasinji was an accused in the murder of Popat Bharwad and prima facie it seems the rival group attacked him to exact revenge Indrasinhji’s other family members were also in the car but the manner of the attack suggests that only he was the target His family members sustained minor injuries it the attack” Deepak Meghani superintendent of police of Surendranagar told The Indian Express on Saturday Bharwad was allegedly clubbed to death near Shakti Gate police post in Dhrangadhra town in 2012 Police had arrested Indrasinh his brother Dilipsinh nephew Mahavirsinh and one Paresh Rabari for the murder Since then the BJP politician was lodged in Dhranagadhra sub-jail as an under-trial prisoner Police said that Indrasinh had got interim bail around 10 days ago and that it was to end on Monday Indrasinhji was a native of Kondh village of Dhrangadhra taluka and was elected president of Dhrangadhra municipality around 15 years ago Sources said that he and Bharwad had a dispute over land leading to the murder of the latter in 2012 The Superintendent of Police said that one person had been apprehended in connection with the murder and that situation was under control “We have deployed police in pockets of Dhrangadhra town and also in Surendranagar Intense patrolling with videographers is going on Executive magistrates are also visiting areas to keep the situation under control” said Meghani Meanwhile B division police in Surendrangar town said that they were in the process of registering cases in connection with the violence in the wee hours of the day “Two-three persons have approached us with complaints of damage to their property and we are in the process of registering FIRs The situation is normal now” said B division police-sub inspector VC Vaghela For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsChief Administrator (CA) of Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: September 3, Leave alone the shenanigans and subterfuge Pakistan’s agencies weave, AAP the masters of political click-bait & BJP plays along.

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