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January 16, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Strong hand in Assam

The Congress (I) pamphlet on the one year rule of Mrs Gandhi has also indicated that the methods used have contained the movement. There is an increasing feeling among the government that the agitation would not have continued this long had the protesters been dealt with a firm hand.

By: Editorial |
January 16, 2021 3:10:46 am
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The government may reach for more repressive measures to counter the agitation in Assam because of the impression that the use of force has begun to pay. Home Minister Zail Singh has confided in many people that the agitation is petering out. The Congress (I) pamphlet on the one year rule of Mrs Gandhi has also indicated that the methods used have contained the movement. There is an increasing feeling among the government that the agitation would not have continued this long had the protesters been dealt with a firm hand. The government is quite convinced that a strong hand against the protesters will bring the student leaders to the negotiating table.

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