14 June, 2021

BJP Deploys Old Tactics To Stop Hardik Patel’s Hunger Strike

Hardik Patel's deteriorating health prompted the politicians on his side to ask him to give up his fast and preserve his health “for the larger cause of farmers and for the bigger fight that lay ahead.”

Stir Power
Hardik Patel during his hunger strike, on August 30 in Ahmedabad.
Photograph by PTI
BJP Deploys Old Tactics To Stop Hardik Patel’s Hunger Strike
  • The 25-year-old leader is demanding loan waiver for farmers, reservation for his community and a jailed friend’s release
  • He began his hunger strike on August 25, lost 20kg already and his haemoglobin level is falling, triggering health concerns.
  • BJP government in Gujarat is not allowing Hardik’s supporters to go near his home. Assembly of more than four people banned.


The BJP government in Gujarat will not brook even a whisper of protest in which Hardik Patel is involved. Hindsight tells the administration to be wary of the young Patidar leader whose massive rally in 2015 shook the ruling party. Patel, who was two when the BJP began its unbridled rule 23 years ago, is on a hunger strike again. His demands, in this order, are loan waiver for farmers, reservation in jobs and education for his community, and release of close associate Alpesh Kathiria, jailed on sedition charges.

The government is wary again, which is evident from its actions. Hundreds of...

More from Darshan Desai

Latest Magazine

June 21, 2021

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section