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Medieval Barbarism

When? Where? How? Romesh Thapar A STRANGELY disturbing situation, or is it reassuring? From all over the country, reports pour in to confirm that commodities essential to everyday living are vanishing from the towns. Prices are persisting at a level which must shatter the budgets of the urban poor. The so-called "food riots" are certainly taking place, though the newspapers are playing them down. But they are manageable, transitory, not fired with the passion to topple the existing order. Even the CPI's all-India dehoarding exercise, following upon the Shiv Sena's price reduction campaign in Bombay city, is nothing more than an attempt to stir government into action.

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