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Calcutta Diary

Calcutta Diary A M THE pattern is slowly emerging: the north-eastern states, Assam, Punjab, Haryana, and now Bombay. The State of Maharashtra still exists, the relevant Articles of the Constitution have not yet been dispensed with, the state government has not been despatched home under Article 357, nor has there been any invocation of the statute rammed through a couple of years ago to declare a particular region or state to be in a disturbed condition for which special dispensations could apply. So what; in the city of Bombay the army moved in, the Union Home Secretary flew in, and the entire paraphernalia of the administration was, to all accounts, taken over by the government in New Delhi. No clear evidence has emerged till now that at any point on August 17 or 18 the government of Maharashtra made a formal request to the Centre for the deployment of the army personnel or for the loan of para-military troops. But whoever bothered about such niceties of law or form any longer during Indira Gandhi's second reign?

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