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Rise of the rowdy class: It’s time for SAD to look within
11.08.16 - Nirmal Sandhu*

A clean-shaven Akali leader is still an unusual sight, hard to associate with the Shiromani Akali Dal. However, when Navdeep Goldy manhandled Amritsar’s Deputy Mayor last Thursday and pointed a gun at him right in the presence of the Deputy Commissioner, all doubts about his being an Akali ‘kaka’ disappeared. In recent years such lumpen elements have been nurtured in the Akali political culture. 
 
Taking law into one’s own hands, disregarding authority, using force to settle issues and having one’s own way are qualities that make young Akalis stand out. Goldy reportedly escaped with his gunman’s AK-47 and the DC did not have the nerve to get him arrested right there after a criminal act of assault had happened.
 
One still associates Parkash Singh Badal with a bygone era when impolite talk was viewed disapprovingly. Today’s Akal Dal has evolved under Sukhbir and every tehsil and district level leader wants to sound ...
  



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