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Choosing Vice-Chancellors

procedure, separate judicial hierarchy and a separate political structure are created. Implicated in this structure of systematic violence directed against over 855 million people of our country are a range of actors: from inspectors in remote 'thanas', magistrates in far-flung designated courts, right up to the top officials in police and ministers. The fact that TADA is misused is well known. The fact that it has failed miserably in controlling 'terrorism' is starkly clear. But we still accept the white lies that brought this black Act into existence. We still refuse to see that TADA is condemned by its very logic and structure to both misuse and failure. And yet the legislators, political leaders, the courts, the police all invoke the escalation of violence in everyday life by uprooting it from its social context created by the policies and development process. Whatever democratic space is provided in the constitution for political protest and dissent is gradually circumscribed. Until all protest is pushed outside the realm of the Constitution, the 'perceived' threat to the state is automatically heightened. And so the hysteria abput grave threats to 'unity, integrity and sovereignty' grows, as the state abdicates its responsibilities to the persons, negates its own basic foundation that of a democratic, secular socialist republic. And having stared long enough into the abyss, the abyss stares back, So the state inevitably becomes the mirror image of the grotesque monster that it created and now seeks to suppress.

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