After Shivaji there was no one to take care of Marathas: advocate to HC


‘Social backwardness of Marathas same as Kunbis’

After Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Marathas did not have any leader to take care of them socially and financially, said an advocate supporting the Maratha reservation told the Bombay High Court on Tuesday.

In the last hearing, the State government justified the 16% reservation given to Marathas in jobs and education.

On Tuesday, Advocate Aarif Bookwala represented the petitioner Advocate Vaibhav Kadam before a Division Bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre.

The Bench has been hearing petitions for and against the reservation since the beginning of February.

Mr. Bookwala said even though the communities Marathas and Kunbis are the same, they are still distinct. Their standard of living and lifestyle are very different, but their social and educational backwardness is the same.

He mentioned how, even today, a girl from the Kunbi class will not be preferred for marriage to a Maratha boy and that there is a difference in their class, which is why the government has created another class for the betterment of Marathas.

He said that financially Marathas are upper class and pointed out how the Gaikwad Commission report on the Maratha reservation is better and more accurate as compared to the other reports.

He said that till the time Shivaji Maharaj was alive, he took care of Marathas and ensured they were socially and financially well-balanced. But after him, there has not been any Maratha leader so since then the status of Marathas has been deteriorating. He will conclude his arguments tomorrow.

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