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    Patel Stir: Ordeal by fire in Modi’s Gujarat

    ANANDIBEN alienated influential sections of the community when she tactlessly dismissed their agitation for reservation in jobs. The arrest of young firebrand Hardik Patel and his supporters on the serious charge of sedition angered a section of the community further. Gradually, a community that was the backbone of the BJP in the last two decades turned against it in large measure. The Congress duly exploited the situation to the hilt and pampered

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is gifted a shawl by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel before his departure after attending the 3-day DGP Conference at Kutch in Gujarat on Sunday. PTI

    Anandiben Patel is paying for non-performance in Una attack

    The surprise is not that Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has resigned. The surprise is (a) she was, in the first place, hand-picked for the job by the outgoing Chief Minister Narendra Modi back in May 2014, and, (b) that she lasted as long as she did though she lacked leadership skills and failed to grow in the high office.

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    Hardik Patel row: Economic, not caste-based

    The Hardik Patel phenomenon seems to have caught everyone by surprise. That lakhs of Gujaratis should protest in unison all over the state at the command of someone who till a few weeks ago was little known outside his immediate circle of friends and relatives underscores the deep anxieties within the most dominant caste group in the State. Was the State Government and others who usually keep watch on the socio-economic undercurrents

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    Hardik Patel’s Agitation Casts a Shadow on Narendra Modi ?

    Gujarat is unlikely be the same again as it was under the unchallenged leadership of Narendra Modi as State’s Chief Minister for over a decade. The recent incidents of agitation and subsequent violence invites one to ponder if the period under Modi’s rule was unreal or what is being witnessed at present is temporary and not in tune with Gujarat’s known and established character, and will disappear with the passage of time.

  • Narendra Modi

    Progress not by hubris alone

    A combination of three unrelated events — crash of the stocks markets under the impact of the Chinese fall, the massive agitation by the powerful Patels of Gujarat demanding reservations as other backward castes, and the continued failure of the central government to find a solution to the demand of the agitating army veterans for one rank, one pension — have once again driven home the lesson that you cannot rule a

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    Revisit reservation policy

    The first priority of the Gujarat administration has to be to restore order in the state, convulsed by the Patel agitation for reservations. The lawlessness following the arrest of the protest leader Hardik Patel on Tuesday, August 25, forced the police to fire in several places. Nine people were killed, including two policemen. Tension prevailed in some parts of the state, though Patel was released after a few hours. Even if the

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    Gujarat bubble has burst

    The Army was called in, paramilitary forces were rushed to the aid of the state government, curfew was declared, internet and mobile services suspended— no not in Jammu and Kashmir but Gujarat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sufficiently unnerved to break his pall of silence and actually urge the people to restore peace.

  • Give us OBC status or forget Patel support, Hardik warns BJP

    The rise of 22-year-old Hardik Patel is simply astronomical. In just six months of their agitation, the Patel community of Gujarat has embraced him as their supreme leader. Soft-spoken Patel is always accessible for his comrades and has successfully maintained a close relation with media in the state so far. While interacting with Free Press Journal on August 25 and August 26, even though Gujarat has been facing its worst violence since

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    Patel agitation will intensify, police indulged in violence: Hardik Patel

    Ahmedabad: Patel community leader Hardik Patel today warned that the agitation for reservation will intensify in coming days even as he accused the police of trying to “derail” the stir at the behest of political establishment and indulging in violence. “Police are acting against us on the directions either from Central or state government,” the 22-year-old convener of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) said in an oblique reference to the BJP which is leading governments at Centre and Gujarat. However, the young

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    Army to take out flag march in Ahmedabad

    New Delhi: The army is being deployed in violence-hit Ahmedabad and a flag march will be carried out soon, an army spokesperson said on Wednesday. “Army has been requisitioned for controlling situation in Ahmedabad city. They are preparing to move troops out soon to do a flag march through the affected areas,” the spokesperson said. A state-wide shutdown was observed in Gujarat on Wednesday, a day after a Patidar mega-rally was held here

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    Congress holds PM Narendra Modi responsible for Gujarat violence

    New Delhi: Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Wednesday held Prime Minister Narendra Modi responsible for the violence in Gujarat over an agitation demanding job reservation for the Patel community. “CM of Gujarat Anandiben Patel is directly responsible for this but even more responsible than her is the Prime Minister because everyone knows the Prime Minister is running Gujarat like puppets,” Dikshit told ANI.