Maoists And Mamata Most Welcome What are the portents for West Bengal in the New Year, i.e. 2011?
Within two weeks of this article being written by mid-December 2010, a new dawn would greet people of the world in the form of AD 2011. India along with West Bengal too would celebrate the arrival of the New Year, with portents of joy, peace and prosperity for all. Let us welcome a Happy New Year on January 1, 2011.
Will the new year have prospects of peace and prosperity for the people of this remarkable state, which for one thing accounts for all the four Nobel prizes India has won—Tagore, CV Raman, Mother Teresa and Amartya Sen—during the 20th century and in the 19th century produced Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Ram Mohan Roy and of course, Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Swami Vivekananda.
The most remarkable event during the very early years of the 21st century will perhaps be the rise of a maverick woman political leader named Mamata Banerjee, who is now the Minister of Railways at the centre but is almost certainly destined to become the Chief Minister of West Bengal, the first woman politician to adorn the celebrated Chamber at the Writers’ Building in the Chowringee area of Kolkata.
Imagine a frail woman of about fifty years of age, dressed simply in an ordinary Sari, never wearing anything but a rubber slipper and using even as Union Minister an ordinary Maruti car driven by her constant follower since 1985 when she had been elected to Lok Sabha from the Jadavpur first and then from South Calcutta. In her first electoral victory in December 1984, she had defeated the veteran Somnath Chatterjee of the CPI-M, who had later become the Speaker of the Lok Sabha.
Will she be a benevolent Chief Minister of West Bengal who will remind everyone of a doctor-turned politician Bidhan Chandra Roy? Unfortunately, and this is the stark truth, she is likely to remind many of a political leader from a place called Naxalbari in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. His name was Charu Majumdar.
She may also remind one of the Goddess Kali, whom Bengal worships as a mother divine, but is also aware that she is blessed with the power to destroy this puny earth, within which lies a miniscule land area now known as West Bengal.
One of course wishes her all success, and does not forget the epic fast she had undertaken only in the recent past for the benefit of farmers in particular whose lands were to be taken over by the Tata group for setting up a factory for producing the small car called Nano. Her fast was a success because Tata group chairman Ratan Tata felt that discretion was the better part of valour and fled bag and baggage to Gujarat, his original home like those of all Parsis living in India and Pakistan.
One does now know if Goddess Kali had ordained beforehand that the Tatas were a menace and helped daughter Mamata to get rid of this vile capitalist called Ratan Tata driving him out of the sacred land called West Bengal. However, the problem with Goddess Kali is also a destroyer, mostly of course of evil doers. But in this process some who are not evil doers may also lose their lives and earthly belongings.
Unfortunately for Mamata her rule in West Bengal is most likely to see the beginning of the triumph of the Maoists. Let us recall the headlines in some journals after West Bengal Maoist leaders were arrested recently by the State Police. Their leader is Sudeep Chongder, Secretary of the State Committee of the Maoists of West Bengal. The arrest of him and other accomplishes have clearly proved the nexus between the Trinamool Congress (Mamata’s Party) and the Maoists, according to these reports.
Naxalism or Maoism had originated in West Bengal and Kolkata city had suffered greatly in the early 1970s when Naxal violence had rocked West Bengal, street fights between Naxalites and the Communists used to be common those days. However those days, women in Kolkata were never touched or molested as is common in the country’s capital these days. With Naxalite leaders leading colourful lives involving women party workers irrespective of their marital status, there are reasons to fear on this aspect of public life if the Maoists ever gain control of West Bengal.
We can also recall a meeting in the West Medinipur district in June which was attended, among others, by Swami Agnivesh where she had demanded an inquiry into the death of a Maoist leader “Azad” from Andhra Pradesh who, Maoists supporters alleged was killed in a “fake encounter”. There are other instances too of the nexus between her and the Maoists. So are we in Bengal destined to be ruled by someone who is openly in league with the Maoists?
Probably, if Goddess Kali was in her “elements” in Bengal, it could be Lord Krishna who could rescue the Bengalis. Lord Krishna’s role in Bengal could save the people of this state. That Lord Krishna could be Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharya. But for a Marxist, Krishna or Kali have no relevance. So you have to put up with a non-believer, moreover, he has inherited the empire wrecked to the core by the dead Marxist Patriarch called Jyoti Basu. This gentleman who ruled Bengal for almost a quarter century has destroyed the state in every respect and handed over a virtual desert in “Sujala Suphala” Bengal to Buddhadev.
So, my dear Bengal and the Bengalis, brace yourselves for a virtual Maoist rule in the garb of the first women Chief Minister of Bengal called Mamata Banerjee.
For our very dear Failed Krishna, Marxist leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharya a word of friendly advice: your supporters and friends almost all qualify for the “superannuated” category and women workers are conspicuous by their absence. The only woman leader of the Party Brinda Karat is a central leader, not a state leader.
For the emerging Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, do you recall the Bhindranwale episode? This so-called religious leader had become a lackey of Indira Gandhi for undermining the Akalis, who were against the Congress. Later this man had become a virtual devil, whom Indira Gandhi had to destroy with the help of the Indian Army. Please do not create other Bhindranwales, the modern-day Maoists. They may devour you instead of you doing it to them.
The results of the impending State Assembly election in West Bengal will not go down in history as either a revolution or a solution of the dire straits in which this unfortunate state finds herself today.
By Bulbul Roy Mishra