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The Plot Line...

The Plot Line... Romesh Thapar WHEN the newspapers headline the news that some 200 civil servants in the central secretariat of the Government of India, including sixteen secretaries to Union ministries, have revived their defunct association to protect their rights and to defend colleagues like B B Vohra, a victim or the Home Minister's unfounded allegations, jaded spirits lift. There is still hope that we have the courage to be counted in causes that look lost hut are central to our democratic survival. This development should startle the complacent Home Minister who continues ,to wax eloquent about his own effectiveness; his public , statements show him to be totally oblivioiis of the angers and demoralisations growing within the ranks of services, including the police. Apart from the Vohra case, and the less publicised Aggarwal case which suffered from the same infringe- ments of procedure, together with the damaging revelations of the Shah Commission on the subversion of the servipes, the frequent changes of key police personnel in the Capital to make way for officers from Uttar Pradesh have stirred up a, protest movement of sorts.

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