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English Essay/Paragraph/Speech on “Bandhs And Rallies” for Kids and Students for Class 8, 9, 10, Class 12 and Graduation Examination

Bandhs And Rallies


Bandhs, rallies, fasts, longer strikes and yatras which are becoming the order of the day may be regarded as the ugly ways of expressing dissatisfaction against the injustice or policy decision of the government/authority. They bring ‘life to a screeching halt i.e. they result in dislocation of life, office activities, education, business and much more. But the question is “have these rallies etc, done any good to the cause for which they are resorted to?” Answer in most of the cases would certainly be ‘No’. They have rather done harm to people including those (general public) resorting to such tactics. One wonders why these assorted ways of ‘protest’ should not be banned by law since they are largely futile, wasteful and do not do any good to anyone.

Every rational unbiased and responsible citizen of this country will agree that during the recent past all these tactics, whether on foot, in Raths” or in the form of a long row of motorcycles has caused untold harm and inconvenience to the public at large.

Most of the times the majority of participants in these strikes, rallies or bandhs sat, slept, starved for days but had to give up ultimately at the most after receiving some half baked promise of redressing the grievance or in most cases getting not even a shadow ‘assurance’.

 Ironically, barring a few cases all these means of protest are mere ‘political gimmicks’. All this play is generally controlled by one big party or union which by force or by persuasion or by other means tries to make the bandh etc. ‘successful. Though there is no measure which can say whether it was successful or not, yet everyone who is in favour or against it, claims it to be successful or unsuccessful.

All the people indulging in these activities, if questioned, take the shelter of the great Indian leaders who quite successfully led India to its path of freedom, by adopting to many of these types of bandhs, rallies etc. But these people forget that their motives behind these activities in no way be compared with those ‘selfless’ motives of great leaders. Moreover, it should not be forgotten that the bandhs and rallies organised today are rarely peaceful. They somehow or the other erupt violence, stone throwing or burning and destroying public property. And all this loss to public property is passed on to the general public only in the form of increased taxes or in any other form.

Further, the rallies, lockouts, bandhs disrupt the smooth running of the production or growth process ongoing in the country. This may sometimes result in loss of crores of rupees and mostly all this is merely for the benefit of ‘few peoples’ or a small section of the society.

This does not mean that people/workers have no right to protest or to demand the redressal of their grievances. But the technique adopted should be decent and based on reason. In Japan the workers protest in a different manner. They do not slaken their work; they wear black arms bands and continue working with redoubled gusto and vigour. They do not raise any slogons. When the authorities notice the bands around their arms, the response is almost instantaneous.

High level meetings are called and the workers’ grievances are considered and redressed with minimum loss of time. This is no argument that the management or authorities, whosoever they be, will not heed the voice of the protesters if it not violence. The softer voice is more effective. We must remember that force can always be met with greater force and love with greater love, obviously the latter is the better bargain. Cooperation is always better than confrontation.


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