ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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West Bengal-A Frieend in Delhi

who have already bad to endure much suffering. According to one estimate, even with 1971 as the out-off year something like 1.2 million people would be in danger of being branded as 'foreigners' and uprooted from the state. This approach also sanctifies government actions (such as issue of identity cards to people, setting up of tribunals to identify and deport 'foreigners') which will give vast arbitrary powers to the State machinery and open the way for encroachments on the people's rights and freedoms which should be thoroughly unacceptable even to old-fashioned liberals, not to mention marxists and communists who claim to understand the class character of the government and the State.

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