Hartal is a political culture of the agitating political party, society or group in the modern democratic countries. This culture has turned into a strategic weapon of the deprived group of people to compel government to fulfill their demand. Political parties also use this weapon to protest against the corruption, misuse of power, oppression and nepotism of the ruling party. When hartal is called, all the productive activities, mill-factories, shops, markets, shopping malls, offices and business centers are shut down. No transports or vehicles are allowed to ply on the road. As a result, regular flow of life is stopped. When common people respond to a hartal spontaneously, everything seems to be locked-down and government turns helpless. But such a case is rare nowadays. So the common scene of a hartal day is: some short-ranged vehicles are running on the road; some people are trying to get to their offices or workplaces while hartal activists called ‘picketers’ are trying to force them to abide by the hartal-laws which eventually leads to clashes between the police and the picketers. On this day, hartal supporters are usually seen going-by in procession on the road by shouting different hot slogans in favor of their demand. In fact, hartal is actually a challenge thrown to the powerful by the opponent. As a consequence of long-term hartal, a country fall prey to economic depression which is a great challenge for the government to overcome. During hartal, the sufferings of common people know no bound. According to the analysts, hartal is no how a good way to pressure the government hampering the economic process and leaving the common people in miseries. However, this political culture is practiced only in the third-world countries of the world. In the recent years, it is observed that the ruling class hardly reacts to the traditional hartal. Many opine that frequent use of the hartal weapon has made it blunt.

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