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Just another day

Most of the day was spent in classes, working out the action of a relativistic particle in an electromagnetic field, brushing up on pointer arithmetic in C (and finally understanding it!) and pondering over what the difference between an opinion and a value is.I wouldn't call myself a patriot but the documentary on how adivasis of the Jharkhand state were being displaced for the benefit of Uranium mining on their ancestral land. It was on parallel with some of the stories I remember from 'Everybody is a good drought' by P. Sainath, in which he talks about such adivasis being displaced by the government to build dams. The topic of naxalites came up during discussions after the documentary was screened in the class and while pondering over what the solutions of such a problem would be, how the adivasis should face such events and so on, the one thing that I am certain of is that had information of the government's wrong doings been made public, the adivasis might've had a bit more support from outside the village or the panchayat. A well informed public or an electorate is very important as it in turn will elect a functional and no-nonsense congress. As the professor pointed out correctly, on the other hand, if the adivasis choose to solve the problem by resorting to violence, it they would've probably ended up in a cycle of repression and been at the receiving end of the state's wrath. There was an interesting statement that the teacher made, that only the state has the legal authority to use force, to control mobs or to disperse unruly crowds. I need to read the foundations of this country one day.

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