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Posted at: Sep 13, 2017, 12:18 AM; last updated: Sep 13, 2017, 12:18 AM (IST)LAHORE, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1917

Triumph of Justice or Agitation?

SEVERAL Anglo-Indian critics have openly attacked the ghee legislation of the Bengal Government. They do not conceal the fact they are not pleased by the hasty legislation. The Bengalee thinks that this attitude has been assumed because Lord Ronaldshay has readily responded to public opinion and “it is another triumph of agitation well conducted on proper lines.” We are afraid there is some truth in this explanation, because the conditional offer made by the Government of India in respect of the release of interned persons, has been similarly opposed by Anglo-Indian papers. Some of the have openly declared that there should be no surrender to agitation-even though agitation is an appeal for justice. The prejudice against popular agitation is created by confounding the just and constitutional agitation for legitimate objects and aims with the unreasonable and unjust demands made for selfish ends. There is no reason why any Government should not yield to agitation based on justice and adopt a popular measure.

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