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

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Ashok Rudra

Suppressing Protest THE shameful treatment meted out to the chairman of Bharat Jan Andolan, B D Sharma, at Jagdalpur on October 28 which has evoked widespread condemnation is not an isolated incident, rather, it symbolises the increasing tendency in our country to treat the assertion of an independent or different opinion as a crime; in fact immediate suppression of dissent is being considered to be legitimate. Even now the people in power in Madhya Pradesh are repeatedly saying that opposition to the 'march of development' will not be tolerated. It has become almost a rule that anybody who tries to expose the faulty intentions of the government is branded as anti-national and anti- development. The 'rulers' in Madhya Pradesh, after provoking the crowds through false propaganda, are now passing it off as "spontaneous reaction by the people"

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