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Saharanpur: Burping Volcano In The Name Of Caste-Community Relations.

Saharanpur: During Samajwadi Party’s regime, Muzaffarnagar witnessed riots, now Yogi government is also facing the same heat of communal riots. Saharanpur has become a battlefield for two communities. The city is witnessing the biggest clash. Earlier, SSP was threatened by BJP MP, now the new SSP seems to be under the same pressure to tackle the situation. This is the second biggest communal clash in the district in a fortnight.

Violence erupted after a dispute over a procession to commemorate the birth anniversary of Rajput king Maharana Pratap. Members of the Dalit community had objected to loud music being played during the event. According to media reports, there were rumours that Ambedkar statue in the village was also vandalised.

As Saharanpur is considered as a sensitive area for communal clashes, Uttar Pradesh Police chief Sulkhan Singh visited the ground zero on 7th May, Sunday.

“Police has registered cases, whoever is involved will not be spared at any cost. The investigation is on its route,” says Mr Singh.

Uttar Pradesh government has said that they are trying their best to control the situation. Seventeen people have been arrested so far in this case.

There are six FIR’s registered in this case- 4 by upper caste, 1 by Dalit community and 1 by police.

The riot has got worst today on 9th may, Tuesday. The protest by Dalit community got aggressive and resulted into chaos, 4-5 media vans were handed over to fire, resulting, a lathi charge by the district police over the

When NLC tried to contact SSP Saharanpur, Subhash Dubey, his pro answered and straightly denied all the rumours for riots, vehicle prey, lathi charge and curfew.

The opposition didn’t missed the chance to use the prey fire, as the senior Congress Leader from Saharanpur Imran Masood raised allegations over UP’s Yogi Govt. &  said, “The administration has totally failed. These processions are being taken out without required permission. This is politics of hate. Yogiji has been saying so many things, but no one seems to be listening to him.”

Bahujan Samaj Party Supremo Behan Mayawati also reacted to the latest incident in Saharanpur, and accused the government of indulging in “saffron appeasement”.

But Siddharth Nath Singh, spokesperson of the Uttar Pradesh government, refuted all allegations and said, “Just yesterday the chief minister said there will be no differentiation between anyone in the enforcement of law and order. Whatever directions are being given are without any bias. The lower machinery in the police also needs to understand that we are a tough government.”

Last month, several people, including local lawmaker Raghav Lakhanpal Sharma and Senior Superintendent of Police Love Kumar, were injured when a clash erupted between two communities during a rally to mark BR Ambedkar’s birth anniversary in Sadak Dudhali village in Saharanpur. Two cases were registered against Mr Sharma and a dozen others.

All this raises few questions for the public, why Saharanpur is a constant spot for community clashes? Who are the people behind it? Is the government liable for the riots?

Government approves inclusion of 15 new castes in central OBC list! What does ‘general audience’ has to say now?

Since a long time in the history of Indian Democracy, there has been a cold war and heated discussions over the topic of ‘reservations’. Upper castes, lower castes, other backward castes and a few more sub-castes all of them are fighting for their rights. A fight to get favors for themselves on the basis of these castes! But have you ever pondered upon this situation that in order to claim them ‘equal’ we are actually dividing the society into several slices.

Majority, minority, religion, creed, color, creamy layer, middle class, high society, backward caste, lower caste and a lot more divisions in our own society have created a sense of complex against aal the human beings. And after all this we have to proudly sing the ‘Unity in Diversity’ motto!
Now, there’s one more turn to this reservation factor.

The government yesterday approved inclusion of 15 new castes and modification in 13 other castes in the Central list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs). The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the proposal. The National Commission of Backward Classes (NCBC) had recommended a total of 28 changes in respect of 8 states —Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand.

“The changes will enable the persons belonging to these castes/communities to avail the benefits of reservation in Government services and posts as well as in Central Educational Institutions as per the existing policy,” according to an official statement.

They will also become eligible for benefit under the various welfare schemes, scholarships etc. being administered by the Central Government, which are at present available to the persons belonging to the Other Backward Classes, it added

On the NCBC recommendation, a total of 2479 Entries for inclusion, including its synonyms, sub-castes, etc. in the Central List of OBCs have been notified in 25 States and 6 Union Territories.
The last such notification was issued till September, 2016.

NCBC examines requests for inclusion of any class of citizens as a backward class in the lists and hear complaints of over inclusion or under-inclusion of any backward class in such lists. Its advice is binding upon the Central Government.

Meanwhile, the Centre is already considering to relax the creamy layer norms for the OBC and note in this regard was already under consideration.