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NAGALAND- Portrait of a Naga Hostile

 OTHER ANTI-PEOPLE MEASURES It was also during this period that thousands of small shops were uprooted in almost all the towns in the name of 'beautification'. Gauhati experienced the biggest such 'clearance' during the A ICC session. There were also evictions of thousands of poor families from khas or railway lands all over the state. From Bongaigaon towards the west, about 500 families were thus uprooted during the last rainy season. As for the sterilisation programme, there was no blatant coercion. Doctors and gov- erment employees were served with circulars fixing their respective quotas of sterilisation, but their implementation was not pushed through. There were a few cases of forced sterilisation in hospitals and market places, but such .methods were not persisted with. 'Quotas' were no doubt fulfilled, especially from among the tea garden workers, needy peasants, rikshawalas, etc, but the 'incentive' payments, which certainly allured such needy people, were in most cases promptly made. This slackness in implementation of the programme was certainly due to the government's lack of interest in it, and the opposition could not make any gains from their slogan against forced sterilisation, as the vast masses in Assam did not experience this specific horror during the Emergency.

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