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Rebel With A Cause

Chandra Shekhar is all set to go back to the masses and end his political isolation

Rebel With A Cause
Rebel With A Cause
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IT seemed it would be a short stint in Lok Sabha for Bhakta Charan Das, who represents Kalahandi, Orissa's poverty and famine-stricken constituency. In September, barely four months after he took oath as an MP, he threatened to quit his membership when the Chair refused him permission on 'technical grounds' to raise the issue of 200 deaths in Kalahandi. In fact, he was pulled up for disorderly conduct and barred from speaking on the subject for the whole day.

The Speaker later relented and allowed Das to make the submission the same day. But the young parliamentarian was already convinced that Lok Sabha was not an adequate forum to debate the problems of his people. However, before he could submit his resignation, former prime minister Chandra Shekhar—his political mentor—intervened, saying, "You should not give in; rather try to make Parliament an effective forum. It has lost its relevance, but let us not run away like cowards." Five months later, Chandra Shekhar is all set to embark on a wider mission—not in search of...

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