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First Published: Tue, Dec 28 2010. 08 46 PM IST

Photo: Pawan Sharma/AP
Photo: Pawan Sharma/AP
Updated: Tue, Dec 28 2010. 08 47 PM IST
Gujjars agitating for a 5% quota in education and state government jobs are doing in Rajasthan what the fog is doing in north India: Their blockade of road and rail routes—largely peaceful except for some incidents of tyre burning and stone pelting—has affected people and businesses alike.
Photo: Pawan Sharma/AP
Unlike the fog, however, such agitations have an increasing air of permanence in India, where any group with numbers on its side turns into an electoral force. Once this would have constituted unlawful action; sadly, the kind of politics that incentivizes this is only likely to persist.
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First Published: Tue, Dec 28 2010. 08 46 PM IST
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