Caste order: the Patel is the new ‘shudra’
Patels want to be OBCs because their children cannot get into colleges. They have never been backward or helpless, writes Aakar Patel
A few years ago, the scholar and politician Yogendra Yadav was in a TV studio. It was one of those shows with a large number of people from the audience participating. The subject was reservations and the show was in Hindi. The audience was urban and, as may be expected, inclined to the arguments of “merit" over “reservation".