The callow young man, Hardik Patel, variously estimated to be between 22-25, has not only emerged as a rabble-rouser but shows erratic signs of being an astute politician in the making. Ask him whether it is wise for the government to spend Rs 3,000 crore on building a statue of Sardar Patel and whether it should have been better used to create jobs, he solemnly proceeds to talk about the role of the police in imposing Section 144. Other inconvenient questions received monosyllabic replies as Ushinor Majumdar caught up with the face of the ‘Patidar andolan’ for a reserved quota in colleges and government jobs. Excerpts:
When did you get interested in politics?