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Questioning the Authority of State?
|by Rahul Mukand|
Protest movement in Delhi triggered by apathy of state apparatus and brought into question the authority and legitimacy of state in India. Delhi has been under-going massive protests led by young people from all walks of life ever since the horrific incident of rape of young girl and injury to her boy friend took place last week in Delhi by grue-some six men, all of whom are behind the bars now. The girl is said to be critical, but stable and is battling physical injuries as well as mental trauma in the hospital.
The youth across the capital and in major parts of India have taken up the agenda of questioning the authority of state and attacked the basic organ which maintains law and order for the state that is the police. Main demand from the protesting youth is; strict action against the rape accused and security for women in the capital of India.
The demands of the protesters may not represent an organized protest movement, we see people from all walks of life out on roads to protest against such a horrific act, here the important trend to note is tremendous amount of anger, disappointment against the established and democratically elected government in India. Will this result in popular revolution? May not be in true Marxian sense, certainly with the advent of technology and other modes of communication as well as prevalence of various interest and pressure groups which question the legitimate authority of the state, such sort of popular movement could emerge in the future.
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12/23/2012 00:35 AM