Rohtak boy, Randeep Hooda laments the ‘unprecedented’ violence that broke down the beautiful town of his childhood.
The actor says, “I am heartbroken to see my city Rohtak (amongst the worst- affected areas) up in flames like that. I have not witnessed this kind of violence in many years. Somewhere, I have this strong feeling that it was not just against reservation. Anti-social elements have instigated a series of events that took place and the entire agitation took up an inter-caste colour, and it turned into a riot. The violence and outbreak erupted more in cities than in rural parts of the region. I feel people have the absolute right to ask for reservations but violence is not the way to do it.”
So, does Randeep support reservations for his community? Reacting to that he says, “We are all trying to bring about modernisation. But the existent social stratification by caste is a ground reality that cannot be ignored. As a kid, I had witnessed something similar during the Mandal Commission outrage. People say Jats are self-respecting and affluent people, but farming as a profession does not suffice for their families anymore. Young people are looking for more opportunities, and they have real spunk and potential in them that never gets realised due to lack of resources. Children from farming background are not able to compete in the general category. People of the community are now beginning to feel the pinch.”
He adds, “Jats also have a peculiar problem, because they are not a community who by tradition can learn trade. They are not inclined to business. Of course, there are exceptions to this. But at the grass root level, this is a socio-cultural issue with Jats. The thought process limits their options even further. Whether reservation should or should not be there is not the question, but better resources should be made available to people. Other communities are a part of the quota whereas Jats are not. Due to the rise in population, land size has become smaller, which is making things difficult for people.”