OBC-Why Marathas want reservation?


While Dalits take to the streets to demand the pulling down of an anti-Ambedkar page on Facebook, a far more serious threat to the community is on the rise as the dominant political caste, the Marathas, has reiterated its demand for reservation.

Though the Marathas (including the economically weaker Kunbi sub-caste) comprise only about 30% of Maharashtra’s population, their representation in the state assembly averages about 43%. The community also has a stranglehold on local political institutions like the panchayats, panchayat samitis and zilla parishads, which is further consolidated by its control over credit and sugar cooperatives and educational institutions.

Why then is the Maratha Arakshan Sangharsha Samiti (Mass), an umbrella organisation of 15 Maratha bodies, demanding reservation for Marathas? A closer look reveals that though the community is seeking quotas in education and employment, its main aim is to gain political reservation in due course.
Maratha leaders have sought 25% reservation in schools, colleges and jobs in the first phase, and later intend to demand political reservation and promotions in government service on caste basis.

Though a section of the community, mainly the one which depends on agriculture for sustenance, has been economically backward for many years, and its condition is deteriorating, socially and in terms of political clout, the caste is has been ascendant. Before the implementation of the panchayati raj system, and even afterwards, Marathas have been the only rulers in villages. It might be true that power is in the hands of a few community elite, but it is also true that all the power centres in the state are controlled by the Marathas.

Not only gram panchayats, but the entire co-operative movement in the state, from cooperative sugar factories to weaving mills, is dominated by the Marathas.

The Maratha demand took root after the lower castes were granted reservation in politics. Some say the community could not digest that a person from a lower caste can wield the power which has been its sole prerogative for generations.

Given the size of the Maratha vote bank, no political party can afford to ignore its demand, but due to its overbearing nature, none can publicly support it either. The parties, however, did try to lend implicit support in the hope that it would bring them extra votes, but the move backfired by creating a real threat of polarisation of non-Maratha communities. The political parties are now thus a proxy in the issue, preferring instead to work behind the facade of organisations like the Maratha Mahasangh and others.

The Dalit leaders, though wary, are not openly objecting to the demand. Their key contention is that the reservation should be given from a separate quota without affecting the reservation offered to the other backward classes (OBCs).

Senior Dalit leader and Dalit litterateur Arjun Dangale agrees that a section of the Maratha community is poor and doesn’t have land to cultivate. “The demand may be sound, but the existing reservation of other castes should not be curtailed,” he says.

“Since the chairmanships of local self-government arms, from the gram panchayat to zilla parishad, are reserved for each caste on rotation basis, the Maratha community will be able to wrest power for longer periods if it is denoted an OBC. Political reservation may be their hidden agenda,” Dangale says.

Another Dalit activist, professor Avinash Mahatekar, said that if the Marathas want reservation, it should be on the basis of economic backwardness. “The reservation allotted to OBCs is based on the Census of 1930, and is only 27%. However, the Mandal Commission’s finding is that 52% of the state’s population belongs to OBCs. If we consider the commission’s findings, the reservation for OBCs is not sufficient,” Mahatekar said. “But we still support the reservation for Marathas as many among them are backward,” he added.

On their part, Maratha leaders refute they are ultimately angling for political reservation. “The Marathas have been economically backward for many years and there are just a handful of families, about 150 to 200, who have all the power,” said Purushottam Khedekar, chief of Maratha Seva Sangh.

“The situation has changed in the last few years and the Marathas are not the rulers anymore. In fact, the community is not even interested in that role and wants to educate itself and get better jobs instead,” Khedekar said. “We don’t want reservation in politics. But our demand for reservation in education and government jobs stands,” he reiterated.

However, Vinayak Mete, MLC of the Nationalist Congress Party and a prominent Maratha leader, said, “The Marathas are backward in education which resulted in them having no face in the administration. There is opposition from various sections, but we are not for curtailing anyone else’s reservation. We want to be treated as a separate community in the reservation category,” said Mete.

Ultimately, Maratha leaders concede they have let their community down. “Though most of the educational institutions are controlled by Marathas, the leaders haven’t bothered about the community,” Mete says, and adds, “They never tried to think for the upliftment of the community, and that is why we are pushing for reservation.”
Though there is little to refute that this admission lies at the heart of the problem, what makes the plot more sinister is that these very leaders are now exploiting the backwardness of their community to tighten their grip on power.

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_why-marathas-want-reservation_1510331

 

26 Responses to OBC-Why Marathas want reservation?

  1. Bunty shelke says:

    Me bunty shelke nagpur varun bolato ki mi 30 maratha mulana gehun maratha arakshanakarita mumbai la bike ni gelo hoto mete chya arakshan karyakramat 2009 la pan tyache kahi zhale nahi

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  3. […] OBC status in other states too and so are the Marathas demanding for OBC status in Maharashtra (https://histhink.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/obcwhy-marathas-want-reservation/). The scheduled caste converted to Christian are also in OBC (just by changing religion there […]

  4. aashish raut says:

    arakshan baba sahebani fakt 10 varsha sathi thevlee hotee.. attache raajkarni yacha gairvapar kartaa votees sathii…
    fakt maratha ch naii tarr brahmin samajala pann arakshann dyavee.. karan atta OBC vagere* caste vali lokk pan changli paise valii zali aheet magg faktt maratha ani brahmin samajala ka mage thevav??? jithe caste system folow hote tya gavat koni rajkarni jaat naii.. fakt shahratt tyanchh chaluu astt.. anii studiss ani nokrit pan OBC vagere* arakshana mule pudhe gele ahett.. so tyat suddha atta maratha ani brahmin samajala arakshan denyat yavee…
    (*pls note-OBC vagere madhe vagere ha shabd SC ST NT asha caste sathi use kela ahee.. konihi vegla arth kadhu nayee..)

  5. GOVIND says:

    i am maratha

  6. aba patil pune says:

    maratha samajatil yuvkani,pudhakar ghetala pahije,shikshan ghenare vidhyarthi palak bharamsath fee bharayala tayar ahet pan arkshanasathi baher padun virodh karu shakat nahit ,shikshan ani ani nokari apali hakkachi, kadhi jage honar maratha samjatil palak ani vidhyarathi….from aba patil pune

  7. Pawan Bhagat says:

    Those who blaim on others reservation & always smile on others pain,such peoples of marathas are not liable to get any reservation.Also they are rich,some exception always there in all community.In maratha 75% are rich while in other community 25% peoples are rich. Jai Bhim

    • SATISH PATIL says:

      Dear pawan dont be emotional . u know why maratha people smiles & blem to caste people, Because we gets pain when u people got Govt jobs wihtout eligibility on the other hand MARATHA people should not get it even if he deserve it.SO my openion is Indian democracy must give grade to all indian citizen.
      Please reply Jai Shivaji.

      • krishna says:

        you are right but since back or so many years you people were realy avoided to those dalits from education and all other rights so if right now we are getting the opportunities to come ahead then whats wrong but still you r not satisfied

      • Nilesh Jamdade says:

        I suggest all NON Marathas – especially OBCs to come together and topple the power held by Marathas. Maratha’s convienentaly uses Dhangar and Kunabis and throw them away when it comes to power sharing.

        Now it’s time that Shudras (Children of Babasaheb and Jyotiba)to rule the state.

        • NILESH says:

          YES U R RIGHT ……. LOOK AT THE CURRENT SCENARIO….. SOME PEOPLE NOW(????????) realized that kunbi and maratha are same? what a joke …. i belongs to kunbi community …an i have knowlegde of ground realities …. u r right maratha caste people always use KUNBI votebank purposefully.

      • kiran jadhav says:

        Bhava tumhi ata amchya thodya shrimanti vrn bhadaklat, jevha tumhi aamhala pani pn piyayla det nvte , tevha amhala ka nhi tumhi madad keli, amhala motha krnare saheb aamche , aamhalach nhi tr sarv backward castela madad keli , manache te shrimanti hote, tumhi shrimanti khup pidee psn bght aale, pn aamhi aata thodi bghto , tr tyat pn tumcha varchasv tumhala pahije, shivaji maharaj mothe manache hote, te lokanchi madad krt asat nehmi, tya kalat maharajani kdhi caste maanli nhi , taripn tyancha kaala nantr pn tumhi lower caste jaat paat krt rahile , ani nantr saheb janmala aale n tyane aamhala amcha haakkk dila, bgh bhava jo maratha kiwa brahman aarthik paristithine garib asnr tyala fakt naukari ani shik shanasthi aarakshan dila pahije, hein maany honar pn 2rya aati nhi maany honar

  8. arjun says:

    Kuthalyahi cast la dusaryacha castla milnarya sawaltina virodh karnyacha adhikar nahi . Specialy jewha apan swataha tyacha fayada geta asu tar mulich nahi mhanun kunihi obc ne maratha arkshanas virodh karu naye

  9. sanket patil says:

    in the country there is “Equal rights for all”so either give aarakshan to MARATHA’s or DON’T give it to anyone then let’s see which caste is more hardworking & intelligent.

  10. chandrakant patil says:

    marathayanchya rajaat maratha samajala aapli magni magnayasathi andolan karave lagte yachi khant vatthe maratha netayno jara dole ugda kai hal challe ahe te paha nahitar jat badla

    • NILESH says:

      HEY we live in democracy dont be emotional i think u still live in 17 or 18 cantury …. u said marathyanchya rajyat what a joke …

  11. NILESH says:

    higher caste people dont have stomach to digest the “pragati” of OBCs , SC, ST ,NT. ONLY WITHIN 65 YEARS TIME SPAN …. LOLLLLL ….. DONT CONFUSED WITH MARATHA AND KUNBI…. I M KUNBI AN PROUD OF IT …. REMEMBER MARATHA AND KUNBI ARE DIFFERENT CASTE … FOR ONLY SELFISH ATTITUDE OF SOME 96 KULE(????) TRIES TO MAKE ASSOCIATION WITH KUNBIS,……… DONT FORGET THE HISTORY …. ITIHASACHYA NAVANE KITI JARI BOMBALAT TARI AMACHE KAHIHI JAT NAHI …. WE WERE LOKING TOWARDS FUTURE …. AN FUTURE WILL BE OURS ….. WHY THEN MARATHA LEADER BEG FOR OBC , SC,ST ,NT VOTES WHEN ELECTION COME OUT….. SUCK

    • Abhijit says:

      @Nilesh, Maratha and kunbi are one and the same, you freaking numb nut. It’s the birthright of all the Kunbis to be called Maratha and vice versa. We are proud of our history, not ashamed of it. And we will always claim obc status legally. Nobody, no power on earth can stop us us from doing so. You are some low life from Konkan or eastern vidarbh. I’m a Maratha and have an OBC certificate and validity. TAKE THAT!!!

  12. umesh says:

    Even after 60 years,this isssue looks bad on the face of Progressive Maharastra.

  13. Parag T says:

    Henceforth the Marathas should be called 96 kuli dalits as they have accepted reservation. In 300 years of maratha rule there has been no upliftment of other marathas by those wielding power. We should remember that Gaga Bhat who accepted that Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was a kshatriya did not accept the remaining 95 kuli marathas as ksatriya.

  14. maratha reservation is needed in maharashra for social justice

  15. Shaila Deshmukh says:

    Kiti warsh magache kadhun Tumhi Lok fayda ghenar aahat ..

    Tya peksha saglyanche aarakshan kadhun taka ani put it on economic based for all…

    be unite..be together….don’t get divided….we all are one family…

  16. Shaila Deshmukh says:

    @Parag: yes we Maratha were the worriers,due to which now we are living safely…

    jya marathyani samajasatji swatache sarwswa arpan kele ,Aaj Tya marathya sathi kunich nyay magat nahiy…

    guys…we are struggling lot to live…be humen…and support to STOP Reservation and Be together…

  17. YES…..MARATHA`S WILL DEFINATELY GET RESERVATION BY 2018.AND PEOPLE OF MARATHWADA WOULD PLAY D KEY ROLE.

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