Things quickly escalated in Haryana. The army is on the ground trying to quell the agitation, which has reached the gates of Delhi and now threatens the supply of essential good and services, including drinking water in the capital.
The demand for reservation is not a new one. It has surfaced repeatedly over the last decade and more, and each time assurances were given and left unfulfilled. But the violence and disruption seen in the last few days was unprecedented.
So what has changed? This time the issue isn’t just reservation, but a fight to dominate the social and political landscape of Haryana.