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“Busi­ness­men are fear­ful of speak­ing to us on the phone be­cause our phones are be­ing tapped... When I was the chief min­is­ter of Jammu and Kash­mir, we used to do that to ter­ror­ists. You have re­duced all of us to ter­ror­ists... Fear is not a good thing, es­pe­cially in a democ­racy.” In a wide-rang­ing con­dem­na­tion, se­nior Con­gress leader GHU­LAM NABI AZAD railed against the BJP gov­ern­ment in the Ra­jya Sabha. He ar­gued that free­dom of speech and even free­dom of do­ing busi­ness, lan­guage the gov­ern­ment should ap­pre­ci­ate, was be­ing steadily eroded. It’s a fa­mil­iar re­frain from Azad.

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