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Arrest of Punjabi Publishers and Editors

The arrest of two Punjabi publishers and two editors for reprinting books of poet Babu Rajab Ali which allegedly contained some then-used caste names under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act is a thoughtless, callous and ruthless ­action taken by the Punjab...

BRITAIN-Truth in Many Colours

of law. The Third. Amendment also enables the King to rule without the help of the: Trime Minister and Council of Ministers under 'special circumstances'.

HOSIERY INDUSTRY- Export-Based Expropriation

HOSIERY INDUSTRY Export-Based Expropriation Amarjit Chandan THE hosiery industry of Ludhiana was started in the early quarter of this century, when the Das Hosiery Mill began to manufacture woollen socks and jerseys for the army. In 1954, wollen imports from the UK were banned, and the local industry started to expand. Today, almost all the exports of woollen hosiery from the country go from Ludhiana. Anil they account for two per cent of total Indian exports.

PUNJAB- Power Crisis

 ment like West Bengal's expected to function with an authorised Credit limit of only Rs 23,75 crores which is barely 1.5 per cent of its annual transactions. Does the Centre alone have, the right to draw overdrafts but not the states? That is the question he seems to ask.

ELECTIONS

North: After the Rout Amarjit Chandan THE complete rout in the recent Lok Sabha poll of the so-called left democratic front comprising the CPI, CPI(M), Lok Dal and communal forces like Janata and Akan Dal was not perhaps anticipated even by the leaders of these incohesive and divided political parties. An unknown Akali candidate, whose only qualification is that he is .the son of the late Mohan Singh Tur, defeated G S Dhillon, former Lok Sabha Speaker, by a narrow margin, mainly by because of the CPI(M) mobilisation, hectic campaign by Sant Longowal and open hostility of the Kairon family to the Congress (I) candidate. All the other 12 seats were grabbed by the Con- gress(I). The CPI(M) which had one seat (Phillaur Reserved), thanks to the Janata in 1977, lost it to the Congress (I). A student leader of the CPI who contested from Bhatinda also lost because of the infighting in Akali Dal and shrewd tactics of the CFI(M). The CPI's share of vote went up from 15 per cent to 19 per cent in Bhatinda; but the CPI (M)'s share of vote shrank from 4.95 per cent to 2.74 per cent in Phillaur. The Akalis were put to the worst-ever rout in the Malwa region (which, paradoxically, is also known as the red belt); among the losers was Surjit Singh Barnala, former Union Agriculture Minister. The Janata could not win in any assembly segment of three parliament constituencies in Punjab and it could get a lead in only 13 out of 46 assembly segments in Haryana, The role of the two parliamentary communist parties has been most opportunistic. The CPI(M) leader, Sardar Harkishan Singh Surjit, a known mentor of Parkash Singh Badal and Devi Lal, had categorically stated in October last that if the Akalis opted for an adjustment with the 'communalist Janata' his party would have no truck with the Akalis, But only two months later, Harkishan Singh was trying to persuade (in vain) Jagdev Singh Talwandi to leave the Amritsar and Gurdaspur seats to the Janata. Later the pro-Janata Badal- Longowal line prevailed in the Akali Dal and as per the directive of the 7-member panel headed by Sant Longowal and appointed by the 'Supreme temporal authority of the Holy Akal Takhat', three seats (Amritsar, Gurdas pur and Jullundur) were left to the Janata to win urban mercantile Hindu votes. The panel also directed the Akalis to give whole-hearted support to the CPI (M) candidate from Phillaur. The grateful CPI (M) reciprocated by supporting the Akali candidates at Sangrur, Patiala, Ropar, Faridkot, Ludhiana and Tarn Taran. The CPI was left in the lurch at Bhatinda and directed its sympathisers to vote 'independently', especially at Amritsar, where the CPI cadres canvassed for the Congress (I) candidates. Congress(I) was able to secure a lead of over 29,000 votes in Chhehrata segment which is a stronghold of the CPI leader Satya Pal Dang, a protagonist of left unity. In Jullundur the Talwandi group worked hard for the Congress(I) to thwart the victory of Badal's Janata candidate Sarup Singh. Talwandi himself was seen addressing public meetings from the same platform as Badal because Akali Dal's political survival was at its stake.

PUNJAB-Murders in Cold Blood

October 27, 1979 situation to drift, the police fired nearly 60 rounds of tear gas shells to disperse the rioters. When this failed, they fired 47 rounds, killing four persons on the spot and injuring many, some critically. Sixty-eight persons, including Noor Ahmed, wore arrested. There is general agreement that the firing could have been avoided had the police taken adequate measures after the alleged provocative communal speech by Noor Ahmed the previous evening. This is also the view of K K Roy Ganguly of the CITU-led union.

PUNJAB-Murder of a Naxalite

been disarmed. After the events in Bokaro and Delhi, the CISF and CUP staged protest deimonstrations in Trivandrum. Roth had trekked all the way to the city. They were greeted on the way by student, youth, and worker groups. A demonstration by the forces of suppression receiving such popular support is unprecedented in the history of Trivandrum.

PUNJAB- Victims of Green Revolution

June 23, 197ft of energy resources to get optimal results in development. Here the stress is on standardisation and improvement of efficiency of machines and equipment. This is an area of great potential, it is pointed out. An instance cited in this connection is pump sets which number at present as many as 3.5 million servicing agricultural requirements alone. Many of these pump sets, it is pointed out, have a fuel efficiency factor as low as 10 per cent and there is a great deal of waste of fuel and energy on that account. This is also true of many other areas, especially in the transport sector, in particular railway traction.

PUNJAB-High Stakes in SGPC Elections

 court. The Tribunals there forced to leliver the vericst right in the village before the public. Recently in Mera- najal, the Tribunal sat in the village and decided 78 cases. Any lies, either from the landlord or from the tenant, were subjected to the careful scrutiny of the public. For instance, a Christian andlord (who is also a lawyer by pro- ession) argued his false case before the cribunal. Had the Tribunal sat in camera, the glibtongued lawyer would nave got away with his lies. But in this instance, he could not succeed be- :ause the village public knew all about the case.

PUNJAB-Settlers Fight for Evacuee Land

BIHAR Belchhi Now Hemendra Narayan THE nine square metre area in the centre of a well ploughed plot is untouched. It is green. It is a grim reminder of what happened on May 27, 1977 when on that spot eleven males including a boy of fourteen
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