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The Kerala High Court's ban on bandhs notwithstanding, political parties frequently call hartals which invariably take the shape of bandhs. Normal life comes to a standstill just as in the case of bandhs and the public continue to be held to ransom for no fault of theirs. Do you think the court should ban hartals as well? Or, is this a problem which political parties themselves alone can resolve through consensus?

Please send your responses, to a maximum length of 300 words, marked `Peoplespeak', by post, by e-mail or by hand so as to reach us not later than October 1. The postal address is The Hindu, Vallakkadavu, Thiruvananthapuram 695 008. Responses by e- mail (in plain text format) may be sent to

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