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Time For BJP To Sort Out Maratha Quota Issue

Maratha organisations repeatedly stressing they called for a “peaceful protest” amidst all the reports of violence is an astute line to take; it paints the morcha leadership in a ‘civic’ colour, while the tide of the mass of Marathas protesting can be left to take its own course—of exhibiting to the administration its nuisance value.

Time For BJP To Sort Out Maratha Quota Issue
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Maratha protesters stop traffic in Mumbai on July 25
Time For BJP To Sort Out Maratha Quota Issue
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2018-07-28T11:27:39+05:30

It’s temporary relief, everybody knows it. Even as the Mumbai bandh, spearheaded by the Maratha Kranti Morcha (MKM), was called off by its leaders around aft­ernoon on July 25, the protest mac­hinery took its own time to shut down completely, the last grunts and squ­eaks coming till late evening from the city’s neighbouring areas. It’s a mix of spontaneity and organisation that has given the Maratha demand for reservation in jobs and education its pot­ency since the past couple of years.

The morchas have managed to tie up tributaries of the community’s general disaffections—farmers’ woes, violence on women, education, etc.—to be able to produce this high tide of protesters of varying hues capable of bringing Mumbai, along with other state cities, to a halt. Maratha organisations repeatedly stressing they called for a “peaceful protest” amidst all the reports of violence is an astute line to take; it paints the morcha leadership in a ‘civic’ colour, while the tide of the mass of Marathas protesting can be left to take its own course—of exhibiting to the administration its nuisance value.

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