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Published: February 26, 2016 12:18:43 AM

Agitation and damage

Agitation and damage
Apropos of the report “SC: Country can’t be held to ransom during agitations” (FE, February 25), this must have come as a big relief to all the peace-loving citizens of the country. Of late, there has been a growing tendency among various sections of the society to resort to all sorts of protests and agitations as a matter of right, sans any accountability for the negative, highly damaging and destructive fall-out. The Supreme Court’s decision to lay down parameters for fixing accountability for the damage caused to public property during agitations speaks volume about the gravity of the situation. The SC’s scathing remarks must also serve as an eye-opener for all those who firmly believe either in similar exploitative paths or the old age philosophy of “Might is Right” by holding the nation to ransom to get their voices heard by the power that be. It may also send a clear yet stern message to various state governments as such sensitive matters are usually given a silent burial as per the respective political suitability. However, it goes without saying that it is also incumbent upon the government to take requisite pre-emptive action too so as to prevent the situation from virtually going out of control in such highly deplorable cases as had been badly experienced during the most violent agitations carried out by the Jat community in the state of Haryana. In all fairness, no culprit, irrespective of his/her social status or political clout, should be allowed to go free in such cases, more particularly in Haryana. Let us hope that with the SC’s latest judgment, things will change for the better in future.
Kumar Gupt
Panchkula (Haryana)

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