ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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BIHAR-Class War, Not Atrocities against Harijans

December 10, 1977 BIHAR Class War, Not 'Atrocities SINCE March this year Bihar has earned the dubious distinction of accounting for the largest number of cases of 'atrocities against harijans' among all the states. The major outrages have occurred in Kargahar,1 Belchhi,2 Pathadda,3 Chhaundadano,4 Gopalpur5 and Dha- rarhpura.6 The circumstances of these outrages make it clear that they should not he described as 'atrocities against harijans'. The victims had not been killed or persecuted because they were 'harijans', nor were the actions of the landlords just 'atrocities'. While in Kar- gahar, Pathadda and Copalpui the armed offensive of the landlords followed struggles for minimum wages, at Dha- rampura the issue was the occupancy rights of sharecroppers. In Belchhi and Chhaundadano the massacres came as reprisal for challenging the absolute feudal power of the landlords.

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