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Social Values- Where to Begin

December 13, 1986 Social Values Where to Begin A Correspondent writes: NEWSPAPERS have prominently carried the prime minister's speech on December 8 at the inaugural function of the year-long golden jubilee celebrations of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences pledging full coordination between the government and voluntary organisations "to help preserve India's social values and heritage". A very timely pledge indeed. The Statesman and The Telegraph of the same day carry altogether three other reports revealing a total disregard of not only social but also human values by the governments and politicians belonging to the Congress(I). The Statesman carries a signed report from its special correspondent in Kerala which among other things says: A man taken to a police station in Trivandnim for questioning came out with half of his moustache plucked. A father and son were stripped naked and beaten up during interrogation in the same police station a few days later. Two engineers in Alleppey were locked up for three days and tortured because their motorcycle overtook the car in which the wife of a Deputy Superintendent of Police was travelling. A press photographer was manhandled and his camera seized by the police as he was clicking a lathi charge on a group of CPI(M) marchers in Alleppey.. . Lockup deaths have registered a steady increase and [chief minister] Karunakaran has continued to shield the police. The Telegraph reported from Jehanabad (Bihar) about 'King' Mahendra, the Con- gress(l) Rajya Sabha member "who with his army of musclemen" "runs a reign of terror". On December 7, "he had Telegraph photographer K M Kishan's camera taken away after Kishan was spotted taking pictures of two wanted men who were part of the 'King's' heavily armed entourage. The camera was returned six hours later minus the film." "Both the wanted men1', the report continues, "are on the police list of accused for an incident at Modanganj where five CPI workers were killed". On another page, the same daily of the same day reports in big headlines, 'Mafia still reigns supreme in Dhanbad', the large coal city of south Bihar. The more than columnlength story narrates cases of murder, terror and organised loot and extortion of public and private resources through various fraudulent and criminal deeds.

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