ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Message of 'Six Days That Shook Delhi'

The trajectory of the gurjar mahasabha-led agitation and its apparent resolution in a matter of just six days (‘Gurjar Mobilisation’, June 9) is likely to send some important messages to the leaders of the six other backward class (OBC) communities in Assam, the ahom, the chutia, the matak, the moran, the koch rajbongshi and the tea garden labour and ex-tea garden labour (also known as adivasi), who have for several years been peacefully agitating for the fulfilment of corresponding demands.

Like the leaders of the gurjar agitation, the leaders of these six communities too seek a change in their status from OBC to scheduled tribe (ST). The case of some of these communities in terms of every criteria required for such reclassification (economic backwardness, physical isolation, distance and demarcation from the more materially advanced communities in the larger environment, clearly defined cultural practices different and unique to them, etc) is quite strong.

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