Brought by the previous Vasundhara Raje government, the Rajasthan Reservation Bill, 2008, providing five per cent reservation in jobs to Gujjars and three other communities and 14 per cent to the economically poor among the forward castes was cleared by the Governor last night.we don't know how things will eventually turn out, after the courts and delhi are done with it, but the rajasthan government has brought in a new reservations bill which grants a 5% quota to the gujjars. the media will mostly focus on that, and will mention only in passing the bigger quota, of 14%, that has been set aside for the economically backward classes. who are they? the poor among the upper castes. do they make up 14% of the state's population?
the upper castes in rajasthan- the rajputs, brahmins and vaishyas are the major groups- account for 25% to 30% of the total population, according to most media estimates (published during the election season, mostly). even though indian media counts the twice born twice, most of the time, i am going to go by the numbers it reels out- the higher figure, in fact- of 30%.
are half of rajasthan's upper castes poor? if yes, they need serious help, mere reservations won't do. call in the united nations.