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too. Does it matter? Do the poor at all matter? The story of Sohagi and Gagan is a speck of statistics which willl not detain those who are exclusively interested in being one up vis-a-vis Jayaprakash Narayan. The jotedar will keep coming with his armed men, and abetted by the police, take away the poor sharecropper's crop, food will he short, there will he no dearth of incidents in which wives steal husband's food, husbands steal the wives', and parents their children's and, in helpless frenzy, they beat and sometimes kill one another. This is invariant India, where the poor have the franchise, but not the food, and the Sohagis and the Gagans have not yet learned to raid the godown of the Nandis. Even if they learn, the Defence of India Rules and the Maintenance of Internal Security Act are there to make them unlearn.

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