Maratha Reservation: Manoj Patil's 14-year exile, infinite fast end; Maha govt accepts all demands

Maratha Reservation: The denouncement of Patil's struggle signifies a triumph for the Maratha reservation movement, heralding a new chapter of inclusivity and empowerment for the community.

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Maratha Reservation: In a historic moment for the Maratha reservation movement, Manoj Jarange Patil concluded his 14-year battle on January 27, 2024, as the Maharashtra state government acceded to all his demands. Breaking his indefinite fast in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Patil's perseverance and dedication signify the culmination of years of struggle for the Maratha community.

Maratha Reservation: Origins of the movement

The genesis of the Maratha reservation movement traces back to 2011, when Patil embarked on his mission to champion the cause of the Maratha community. Transitioning from an ordinary citizen to a prominent leader, Patil's journey epitomises resilience and determination.

Taking up the mantle of the reservation movement in 2011, Patil swiftly ascended to a leadership position within three years. His pivotal role came to the fore in 2014 when he orchestrated a momentous march against the Divisional Commissionerate at Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar. Over the ensuing decade, from 2015 to 2025, Patil spearheaded over 30 agitations, steadfast in his pursuit of justice.

Maratha Reservation: Sacrifices for the cause

Hailing from Motori village in Beed district, Patil made the arduous decision to relocate to Jalna, forsaking personal comfort to advocate for societal welfare. Undeterred by personal sacrifices, he sold his land to fund the Maratha movement, actively participating in marches, hunger strikes, and road blockades. His unwavering commitment earned him widespread acclaim across Marathwada.

Establishing the Shivba organisation, Patil orchestrated a 90-day sit-in at Sashta Pimpalgaon in Jalna, complemented by a six-day hunger strike. Despite his affiliation with the Congress, Patil found the political landscape wanting, underscoring his unwavering dedication to the cause above partisan interests.

Maratha Reservation: Pivotal moment

The movement reached a pivotal juncture on August 29, 2023, when Patil initiated a hunger strike demanding reservation. The forceful intervention by authorities on September 1, which disrupted his fast, precipitated a lathi charge and widespread consternation. Patil's resolute stance catapulted him to national prominence, amplifying the movement's resonance beyond Maharashtra's borders.

The denouncement of Patil's struggle signifies a triumph for the Maratha reservation movement, heralding a new chapter of inclusivity and empowerment for the community.