The move inflicted avoidable pain on farmers, daily wage labourers and small enterprises. Also, it served a huge blow to economic growth.
Even as the number of millionaires in India is rising, the picture on the other end of the spectrum is stark.
What is troubling is the lack of a sustained attempt by the Maharashtra police and government to find the killers of Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare.
The Supreme Court passed the buck on the release of detained 'urban Naxals' to a lower court.
Justice DY Chandrachud's minority judgment is unlikely to be forgotten in a hurry.
The arguments heard recently in the Supreme Court raise strong questions over the role of the police, the media and charges of disputable evidence. As the trial proceeds, those accused of being 'urban Naxals' have no option but to await justice.
The university is a bugbear for the Narendra Modi government and its supporters.