Ten days of rail disruptions, ten days of passengers’ sufferings and ten days of protests by Jat leaders. It took this long for the Central government to wake up from its slumber and invite the agitated Jat leaders for talks on reservation issue. This incident uncovers the lax attitude of the top administrative government officials and their refusal to acknowledge the gravity of a situation and implement timely action to abort any untoward incident. After ten days of agitation, the government has asked the Jat leaders to come for talks and resolve the reservation issue. During these ten days, the Jats with their adamant demonstration disrupted rail services which in turn caused sufferings to lakhs of passengers. The community had announced to jam many more railway tracks and even celebrate Holi on the tracks if the government did not consider their demand of granting reservation to the community. Perhaps, this rang a bell of alarm for the otherwise laidback Centre which at once sat and gave a thought to the loss the state governments as well the people would suffer if the Jats stuck to their declaration. With this forthcoming danger has been derailed and ongoing agitation halted, but hardly any keenness was shown, by the state governments of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh where Jats had disrupted the Railway traffic, to open the tracks for passage of trains. Strangely, the Central government too seemed to be unaware of its responsibility to undo the damage to the Railways caused by the Jat stir. Ironically, the stance adopted by Uttar Pradesh government hinted at its desire to fan the agitation. Isn’t it shameful that lakhs of people were made to suffer because of the protests and no one felt the need to realize his responsibility? It is outlandish that people in the government have no qualms to refuse to act responsibly and do justice to their posts.  And when this irks the Supreme Court which then takes action against such reckless behaviour, the political leaders hit back at the Apex Court shouting that the judiciary is crossing its limit and interfering in legislative affairs. The Supreme Court has clearly indicated that no group should disrupt rail services in the veil of agitation and if any party violates this order and adversely affect the Railways then agitating party should compensate for the losses caused. But Apex Court’s decision was clearly disobeyed and neither of the two state governments of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh nor the Central government sprang into action to implement this order when it was being torn to pieces by the Jat agitation.

To some extent, the selfish motive of political parties can be understood as they do not want to lose on the Jat votebank by displeasing the community, but this in no way give them the liberty to patronage the lawlessness and view the same as mere spectators. The Jat demand also raises the question of rationale applied behind the reasons to support such demands. If reservation for economically and socially strong sections of society is considered as justified then how can one consider this kind of social welfare set up to be ethical? With the emergence of almost every section of society for grating them reservation, it is high time that a logical procedure is formulated to ensure that only those sections of society benefit from this special provision that truly are backward. It is just out of question for the government to tolerate any kind of hostage situation created by those sections of society pressing for reservation status. But strangely, not only this happens, but the people in the government administration even go to the extent of trying to find ways to reap the benefit from such movements. In hindsight, the Jat community itself should realize that the ways adopted by them to make the government concede to their reservation demand will never earn them common men’s support.