A Hartal Day
(a) What is hartal? (b) Why is it called and observed? (c) How is it observed? (d) What is its impact on our national life and economy?
In a modern strife-torn state, hartal has become a common affair. It is observed at the call of a political party or parties to press their demand on the ruling political party. The opposition political parties observe hartal to protest against the corruption, misuse of power, and the evil deeds of the ruling party. Sometimes students and people of a locality call hartal to express their demands. On a hartal day, the normal course of life is stopped. All means of transport and vehicles do not move on the roads. People are to take a lot of trouble to attend their offices. They go on foot as vehicles are not available. As a result the attendance is very negligible in the offices, factories, industries, and shops. The economy of the country suffers a heavy loss. Mills, factories and industries stop their work. All the business centres, markets and shops remain closed. The supporters in favour of hartal bring out procession. Often clashes occur between the police and the picketers. Sometimes clashes take place between the supporters of the opposition and the ruling political parties which result in some deaths. On a hartal day the sufferings of the people know no bound.
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