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HT reports:

Security personnel kept Rajpath, the stretch linking India Gate and Raisina Hill leading to Rashtrapati Bhavan, locked down with barricades and heavy deployment of personnel with riot-gear besides disallowing traffic on Rajpath and closing down nine Delhi Metro stations.

Time to get rid of these symbols of a vanished empire. There is no Raj, there are no Raisinas. When our children want to make their voices heard, they must be heard. The emergency ushered in a goonda raj. Its time has come.

India Blooms reported on the prime minister’s speech:

In his address, Singh had assured action and made an appeal to people to maintain peace in the wake of Sunday’s protester-cop clashes that left more than 140 people, including nearly 80 policemen injured.

Speaking to the nation in televised message, Singh said: ” As the father of three daughters myself, I feel as strongly about this as each one of you.”

“My wife, my family and I are all joined in our concern for the young woman who was the victim of this heinous crime. We are constantly monitoring her medical condition. Let us all pray for her and her loved ones during this critical time,” he said.

“I feel deeply sad at the turn of event leading to clashes between protesters and police forces,” he said adding that though the anger was justified, violence would serve no purpose.

Singh assured that the government would take all measures to ensure the security and safety of women.

“I appeal to all sections of the society to maintain peace and help us in our efforts,” he said.

Good words, but isn’t it too late? 142 children in hospital with broken bones. This police force is a corrupt remainder of an empire. Why didn’t a democratically elected government lay down parameters for it before?


Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

December 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm

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  1. […] These sentences captures the two major problems that India focussed on for the last two weeks. The first was the complete lack of regard for the safety of ordinary people, leading to the brutal rape and eventual death of a young girl. The second was the use of the police to stifle public protests. […]

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