Schools in south Mumbai yesterday announced that school will remain shut today, 9 August, 2017.
Why is that (you might ask when the initial euphoria has worn off)? More than 5,00,000 Maharastrians (from the state of Maharashtra), have taken a page out of Gandhiji’s book and have taken to the streets in peaceful protest. They started walking from Byculla and will end at Azad Maidan, where they then hope to meet Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, to present him with their list of demands.
What do they want? They want ‘reservation’ of governmental jobs for Maharastrians.
What does that mean? They want Maharashtrians to be given preference in getting jobs in the government since this is their state. Maharastra is mostly an agricultural state and as we know, the farming sector has been faring pretty poorly over the past few years. There is a lot of competition for other jobs, and there are a lot of young Maharastrians who are out of work.
So why were schools closed? So many people walking on the roads in protest meant that the police had to direct traffic on different roads. Schools didn’t want you to be stuck on the road getting home!