Open Letter to Hardik Patel By an ex-IPS officer from Gujrat Clears Everything perfectly


This letter was written by Sanjiv Bhatt, an ex-IPS officer, on Facebook in response to Hardik Patel’s demands for reservations for the Patel community based in Gujarat.

Dear Hardik Patel,

I am a common citizen of Gujarat. I did not know who you were until a few days ago. I have a feeling I will be seeing a lot more of you now. I have read that your organisation, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), came into existence less than a month ago. I have been told that you believe that the Patidar community is losing out in the development race because of reservation quota.
Depending from where you are looking at it, reservations, in their current form, might be a problem for some and a lifeline for others. One thing I clearly don’t understand is, if you think reservations are a problem, why are you asking for it? In a television interview you said that the government should either give reservation to the patidars or remove reservation all together. This is like saying “Give me a piece of the cake or throw the entire cake away.” On one hand you are saying that reservation causes problems and on the other hand you are demanding it too. If the Patidar community gets reservations, it will still be a problem for the rest of the citizens and the Patidar community will go from being against the problem to being a part of it. As someone who is a strong supporter of the Patidar community, why are you letting this happen to the reputation of the community?
I was also curious about a few thing that I saw during your rally. In a state where majority of your audience speaks in Gujarati, your speech was completely in Hindi. Who was your real audience? You have photos with political leaders from BJP, Congress and AAP. Have you decided which party you are supporting? Your past and present actions don’t look apolitical to me. I am yet to connect the emerging dots, but I see a pattern akin to the India Against Corruption movement conceived by Ajit Doval of the Vivekanda International Foundation.
Anyways, coming back to what happened yesterday. You wanted to hold a rally to demand reservations for Patidar. It is your right to demand anything you want to from the government as long as it is peaceful. For reasons best known to them, the Government of Gujarat went out of the way to facilitate your rally even at the cost of holding an entire city to ransom. They even waived the Toll Tax for your vehicles and gave you the GMDC ground for free. They even permitted you to walk all the way to the Collector Office from that place. The road blocks and crazy honking by your friends caused a lot of inconvenience to a lot of people but the government of the day still let you do it because of some ulterior motive that is still not clear to many of us.
You got the ground. You got the permission for a rally right through the heart of the city. You even got the state to bring in thousands of police personnel to ensure that no one disrupted your rally and everything was facilitated for your convenience. Great.
You were given permission to use the GMDC ground till a particular time. At 8pm, when the police asked you to vacate the government property, why did you not agree? Why are there photos and videos of your fellow patidars shouting slogans and destroying public property? Doesn’t the government have the right to ask you to move out after the permission expires? Similarly there is footage of Police Personnel damaging vehicles of the Media and mindlessly assaulting media persons at the GMDC venue. What went wrong? Where did the bonhomie vanish? And, more importantly, why did it vanish? Do we, as citizens of Ahmedabad, have a right to know or was it some private arrangement between you and the Government?
Be that as it may, you refused to vacate the GMDC grounds and the police arrested you and intriguingly let you go after sometime. The violence that started after your arrest has continued even after your release.
I don’t see how your supporters think any of these things will help their case. If they were angry at you being arrested, there are legal ways to go about it. Those are the ways everyone follows if they feel an arrest was illegal. If they were angry that they are not in the reserved category then as they already know, there is a pre defined procedure to ask for it. Government authorities get to decide on a case by case basis if your community is eligible for reservation. There are set guidelines/checklists to do this.
Any individual or a group, howsoever influential he or it may be, cannot be allowed to hold the city or the state at ransom with the tacit blessings and connivance of the Government. It is the duty of the Government to prevent such situations from developing so as to ensure the safety of the other citizens.

It was also great amusing to see people come in really expensive cars to your rally and then claim to be ‘under priviledged’. As a lot of people have noted, a ‘show of strength’ to prove that you are one of the ‘weaker castes’ is hilariously ironic. If the money spent in organizing this rally was used to help the poor brethren of your community, some of them would definitely have benefitted.
At 22, you have a lot of good years ahead of you. I would suggest improving your knowledge atleast on topics that you are fighting for. For starters, I would recommend that you read the Constitution of India. Even your so called adversaries in the Government may benefit my revisiting the Constitution. It will give both sided an idea about their rights and duties.
I hope I have made my point. I have a feeling I will see you more often atleast till the 2017 elections in Gujarat. I hope you use your power to bring positive change in the country. Youth in India rarely get this chance, don’t spoil it for the rest of us. Don’t malign the reputation of your community/city/state.
I don’t know what is your understanding with the Government of the day and who is driving this agitation and why, but if you ever start a genuine and non-violent campaign to revisit the issue of reservations, most of us will stand by you. For now, lets stop this violence and bring back normalcy to our city and state.
Here’s to hoping for a more peaceful and sensible tomorrow.
Best wishes,
Sanjiv Bhatt

Furthermore, he also wrote to Anandiben Patel, demanding answers and questioning the politician’s actions. Though not as long, the letter is just as hard-hitting:
Dear Anandiben Patel,
As a former officer of the Indian Police Service I was truly amazed at the facilitation provided your administration to Hardik Patel and his cohorts till yesterday. Till last evening your police was treating these agitators like members of a bridegroom’s party or Baraat. What went wrong all of a sudden that the same police force abandoned the apparent bonhomie and turned upon the agitators and media persons with unbridled ferocity? What caused the sudden change in the behaviour of the police force. Today, our state is in the grip of spreading violence and we are witnessing scenes of completely inept handling of the situation by the police officers under your command.
We, as citizens of Gujarat, have a right to know as to what is going on and why? You and your masters better be warned, that in a democracy, no Government has the right to play with the lives and property of its citizens for narrow political gains. It is in your own interest, as well as the larger interest of Gujarat, that these Machiavellian political intrigues and experiments are ended at the earliest.
Best wishes,
Sanjiv Bhatt

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  • This is purely a crap. First of all, not all Patidars are rich and have cars. Second, not all the people in OBC, SC & ST are economically backward. In this case, the reservation should be completely based on economical criteria.

    You might not know it dear but Patidars have became what they are by immense hard work that you can’t think there sitting in your “Reserved” sofa. You get everything much easier compared to us. Our parents worked hard and sweated out in farms to achieve those cars and even bikes. Till the date we didn’t get a single benefit of Reservation while you were sentenced to get reservation for a limited period only and still getting it. Now why is your blood boiling when we are up for the reservation?

    Enough chances all the backward castes have been given till the date. Aren’t those 50+ long years enough for development? Is it government, is it poverty or is it the get-everything-without-hard work mindset that still keeps you wanting us away from the reservation? Why can’t we, the biggest portion of Gujarat’s population, get everything so easily while you can?

    If reservation is all about development then it should be on basis of economical status, not on the basis of caste. It’s easier to point on others without being on his position. Remember, three of your five fingers point towards you whenever you point to anybody else.

    Be the deserving one & have guts to achieve it rather than keeping others away from it.
    Jay Bharat.

  • Raks Paul

    My support is with the Reservation based on economic condition not on caste.

  • Kh. Millionaire Meitei

    I also strongly support reservation based on economic condition rather than on caste. reservations are mean for socio-economical up-liftment of the so called backward castes. but once they become IAS or IPS or President of India (eg. KR Narayan former President of India) will their family & children still enjoy the reservation?? this is a big question were as a peon from general class have to go a long way.

    • Media Radar

      Chew a bit more before swalloing. You are actually saying increase the reservations, not reduce reservations. Simple – there are 160mn SC, ST & OBC’s in india, 350-450mn “poor’ in India. It is also very easy to declare low income, which is why 94% of indians pay no taxes at all.

  • Media Radar

    First of all, this letter was not written by Sanjiv Bhatt. I read this on FB a few hours after the arsonists burnt down the police station, vehicles and the 2 ministers’ houses, it was written by someone else.

    Secondly, a few arsonists cannot change the constition of India. It provides reservations to some, for a reason, and not to all.

    Finally, I am really surprised at the comments below – it seems every indian is a supporter of apartheid – some think reservations should be given to caste A, not B, and others think they should be given to “poor” – a favorite spin, because it makes you look good, at government expense.

    Noone is concerned why should merit be over-ridden in the first place? Reservations mean rejecting winners of a fair test, and accepting someone for the achievement of having been born in a “lower” caste, pay, geography – whatever. How can such a system ever promote equality or quality of work? When the same is done by netas & babus in tenders, we howl corruption & crony capitalism, but here, since we are the beneficaries, it’s fair & square?

  • milan

    Sir,if we will ask for the remove reservation,we know that goverment will definetly do not that..that’s why we ask for reservation