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State and People's Struggles N PHUKAN's article 'Militant Left and Struggle for Democracy' (July 23) started on a promising note, but his assertion at the end that the state can be turned into an instrument of the people spoiled the whole argument. Wherever the people launch struggles for their rights, the state would bring all sorts of oppression to crush them, as is happening in the case of the Narmada Bachao Andolan. Even the so-called leftists in West Bengal did not hesitate to crush the Kanoria Jute workers' struggle for their legitimate demands. When the workers resorted to 'rail roko', the police beat them up ruthlessly, raided their houses and roughed up their womenfolk, looted the cash and provisions of the union and disrupted the free kitchen run by the union for the starving workers. Whether it is Kashmir, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh or the North-East, the state is equally repressive. In the circumstances, the common man has become totally alienated from the state. Any mass struggle would aiienate them further. Still there is need for mass struggles for a better life and for upholding democratic rights and liberties, but not for such absurd goals as turning the state into an instrument of the people.

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