While India was busy with the debate over nationalism triggered by incidents at a Central university in New Delhi, flames went up in neighbouring Haryana as Jats came out on the streets demanding reservations in jobs and educational institutions under the OBC category.
As the flames singed Rohtak, an actor sitting more than a thousand kilometers away in Mumbai felt the pain.
And thus came three tweets by Randeep Hooda, himself a Jat.
(What will you get by setting your own house on fire? Things will progress only with talks. Brothers, stop this vandalism.)
(There is no need to lose your mind. Only talks can help reach a solution. Don’t politicise it. Let there be peace, and don’t set your house on fire.) (Greetings! Now the whole country has heard you. Stop this vandalism. Now proceed peacefully and talk to put forth your demands.) The Jat agitation has brought life in Haryana to a standstill. The Army has been called in to eight districts.
Indian Railways lost over Rs.200 crore because of the blockade which has affected around 500 trains.
Shops and malls have been burnt down to ashes and even the house of an MLA was torched
. The Haryana Government has reportedly accepted the demands of the Jats, though it is not clear what they are.