Hardik Patel is a media made Joker

Hardik Patel is a media made Joker

Hardik Patel is an Indian political activist campaigning for the inclusion of the Patidar caste in the Other Backward Class (OBC) category in order to qualify for reserved quotas in education and government jobs. Hardik claims inspiration from Indian independence activists like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel

Hardik Patel was born on 20 July 1993 in a Gujarati Patidar family to Bharat and Usha Patel. In 2004 his parents moved to Viramgam, a town 11 km away, to give their children a better education. Hardik studied from Class VI to Class VIII at Divya Jyot School in Viramgam, before moving to K B Shah Vinay Mandir, where he studied till Class XII. He was an average student and a cricket enthusiast.

After completing Class XII, Hardik started helping his father, Bharat, to run a small business of fixing submersible pumps in underground water wells. Bharat, a former BJP worker, met current Chief Minister of Gujarat and herself a member of the Patidar caste, Anandiben Patel, when she held the Mandal assembly seat, in which Viramgam falls.

In 2010 Hardik Patel joined Sahajanand College, Ahmedabad for a Bachelor of Commerce (B. Com.) degree. He completed his B. Com. degree with grace marks. He ran for the post of general secretary of the college students’ union and was elected unopposed.While still in college, Hardik opened a potable water stand at the Viramgam Bus Stand as an act of social service. In 2013 Hardik Patel graduated after 2 attempts from college with less than 50% marks.

In 2015, Hardik’s sister, Monica, started a Bachelor of Arts degree in English as an external student.

On October 31, 2012 Hardik Patel joined the Sardar Patel Group (SPG), a Patidar youth body, and within less than a month, became president of its Viramgam unit. Interaction with its 50,000 strong membership revealed that Patidar youth faced challenges while securing private sector jobs because of a slow economy while they were shut out of government jobs because of reservation quotas and the expectation of bribes. He found that some Patidar farmers saw their agriculture land acquired for urbanisation and industrialisation, while Patidar businessmen faced failure of their traditional businesses due to competition from online retailers. He discovered that the diamond industry, a traditional source of wealth and employment for the Patidars, was in limbo. More than 20,000 small firms had shut down and thousands of unemployed Patel diamond cutters and polishers had returned to their villages.


In 2015, Hardik was ousted from his post with the SPG after a conflict with its leader, Lalji Patel.


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