While having a beef fry today with rice meals,I was looking around with undue fear. It was in a restaurant in Kerala, who love their beef curry and beef fries. Still I was worried. Yes, fascism has entered the food plates in India. We are living in a Republic of fear. I can get away from this fear by forsaking beef. It doesn't matter to me. But what about the farmers who have to take their cattle to market? They may be in need of some urgent money. The cattle may be the only thing worth selling. Who will protect them?
In this context Dr P.S Sahney has written to Rahul Gandhi, the Vice President and de facto leader of the Congress Party, the largest opposition party in India to take up a march across the lenght and breadth of India and stand up for peoples' rights.
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by Dr Arshad M Khan
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by Dr Binoy Kampmark
by Dr Binoy Kampmark
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by Mickey Z
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Plots for Spring to blossom
have been pre-allotted.
Don’t violate the boundaries
and carpet the roads with blossoms
and call it freedom of expression.