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Another Plan for Punjab

Another Plan for Punjab It is not easy any more to work up enthusiasm for the government's periodic announcements of plans to 'solve' the Punjab problem. The prime minister has been guilty of too many false starts and too many reversals of course. It is difficult to be sure that the steps announced by him last week, in the course of his reply to the debate on the president's address, were not intended really to side-track the growing criticism of the centre- run administration in Punjab which has been charged with extensively abusing the extraordinary police powers it has been armed with. There have been any number of reports of harassment of innocent people, sometimes of entire villages as in the Batala area of Gurdaspur district recently, and of corruption, bribery and extortion. Of course, it is true that with the approaching general elections the government has a strong political reason for wanting to appear to do something to bring the situation in Punjab under control So far at any rate practically every one of the government's major actions in relation to Punjab has been motivated by the electoral advantage it was likely to confer on the Congress (I).

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