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

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Attack on Planning

Indian Constitution which reserves this particular sphere of legislation to the States. Blackmail has to be faced. It cannot be met half-way. Concessions to unreason and illegitimate demands, however powerfully engineered by sectional interests, are a dire threat to the very existence of the nation and to civilised government. The spectre of naked reaction and triumphant unreason must be fought to a finish. In this the government has behind it the fullest support of all sane and rational elements of society. It is high time that the ghost of Potti Sriramalu whose fast unto death brought forth the birth of the Andhra State were laid once and for all. Fasting or self- immolation as a method of political action must be given short shrift. What could have a place in the country under foreign domination in the hands of Gandhiji, who claimed to be "the sole practitioner of the art", can have no place in a country which has not only adopted a democratic form of Government but operated it with reasonable success for a couple of decades. Even to enter into a discussion on the ethics of fasting as a mode of political action is to countenance evil. There can be no compromise with the enemies of the people.

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