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July 30, 2004

The Bombay high court last week fined the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party Rs 20 lakh each for calling and enforcing a bandh on July 30 last year to protest against a bomb blast in Ghatkopar, suburban Mumbai, that claimed four lives.

Bandhs, when normal work in an entire city, state or, occasionally, the country is disrupted, have been used by political parties to showcase their strength.

Those who support bandhs say it is an important tool to express dissent, a means to register a protest. But critics say it hurts the people, their livelihood, and the economy and is almost always enforced by using threats of violence. [In 1997, the Kerala high court had declared bandhs as illegal]

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Number of User Comments: 44

Sub: Bandh Ban justified

YES!! The ban on bandhs is very much justified. A Bandh paralyses most activities in a state, affects livelihood of poor people because their salaries ...

Posted by Deepak Nagori

Sub: legality of bandh

Certainly registration of protest by a selected few should not infringe the rights of the majority. They cannot forcibly stop vehicles, close shops and offices, ...

Posted by ramachandra menon

Sub: Bhandh should be banned

Of course. All bandhs and strikes should be strictly banned. Forget the rich and power hungry section, who will provide bread to the poor section ...

Posted by V.P.Nair

Sub: Bandh Ban

Dear Sir, Whoever conducting bandh shoud take responsibility of disaster. Best of my knowledge so many people failed to get proper emergency treatment and died ...

Posted by Abdulkareem

Sub: Bandhs...!

The ban on bandhs is fully justified. There is absolutely no reason for calling bandhs in opposing a bomb blasts etc...what do those idiotic Shiv ...

Posted by Kharad Zarir Variyava


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