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Attack on Artistic Freedom

not be effected through a system of physical rationing of petroleum products.
There is we are fond of believing an inner reserve of strength which the nation possesses: in times of challenge, if invoked, this strength will reveal itself. Ours is a divided polity; in the recent period, thanks to the Prune Minister and the apology of her party, the forces of divisiveness have gained further momentum. De- pending on one's particular political and ideological position, it is of course possible to come out with a detailed roster of the causes which have contributed to this growing alienation. In the current context, that would not be a terribly fruitful exercise, and might as well be postponed. But certainly the onus for gathering the nation together to face the challenge rests on the authorities, who cannot at ford to stand on ceremonies. Despite the sharp political divides, the government has, from time to time, arranged to discuss with various political parties, cutting. across the entire spectrum, overriding national issues, such as the Assam imbroglio or the problem of ensuring communal harmony. It should be equally useful to discuss the balance of payments crisis too with the political parties and THE onslaughts against women are on the increase day by day. Particularly in Tamil Nadu, the arrogant decision of theSIET management to close down the Women's College run by them and the official patronage given to the producers of obscene and filthy films which degrade women have come as new threats. What is causing great concern is the manner in which both the Central as well as the .state governments have yielded to the pressure of power lobbies that anresponsible for such injustices.

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