A lot is being said about the death of the politically active (left front) student Sudipto. As always the truth will be unclear – the police chief says death was accidental. Of course the leftist political parties are making headline news of this – frankly making the death of this student a mockery and very political.
Public Relations & Mamata Banerjee
I do feel like mentioning upfront that I am pro-Mamata. Why ? Simply because she has succeeded in providing an alternative to the disastrous Left Front Government in West Bengal. This is no small achievement – defeating the left with its cadres built over thirty years (the Jyoti Basu regime – I do not put Buddhadeb in the same bucket – in fact I like him and his politics) and its mafia like organization style is no small feat – all kudos to her. I know Sudipto’s death is unfortunate , but has everyone forgotten the organized attacks on women, killing & torture at Nandigram ? How soon we forget ? And suddenly the death of one political activist is all we can speak about. The transfer of power from CPIM to TMC was exceptionally smooth – all thanks to Mamata as well. The new reign of peace at Darjeeling , Mangal Mahal , stopping of the killings at Nandigram – all are her successes.
However, she has arisen from the grass roots , her command of English is with a strong Bengali accent (nothing wrong with that – the same is with our President) and she is perhaps not that proficient with sophistry in the English language. Some in the media have essentially used this against her and to project her badly – I understand her anger here. As an example, instead of being given accolades for her achievements at her one year town hall meeting with the CNN-IBN deputy Editor , she was constantly being asked questions of an accusing nature – who would not get angry ?
Sagarika Ghosh’s Naivete – Bengal Institutions Are Infested With CPI(M) Cadres
Has Sagarika Ghosh (Deputy Editor at CNN-IBN) been living under a rock – well perhaps not. But for sure she has no inkling of reality. I am sure that she is aware that over a few decades the CPIM has penetrated all educational institutes – it is a well known fact that if you were not sympathetic to the CPI(M) cause – you would never get these professorship jobs. The entire educational system in Bengal is for sure filled with either active CPI(M) cadres or their supporters – there can be little doubt about this. Imagine their ability to brainwash young minds about their right to expression and against Mamata Banerjee. To question this right under Mamata is ludicrous, give that under the CPI(M) rule this right did not even exist (Marxism does not believe in independent news, thinking, etc). Even freedom of press was scuttled – see what happened to the pride of Bengal – The Stateman. No one reads it thanks to the tremendous influence of the CPI(M) in making sure it wrote nothing untoward about the party and the cadre. It completely killed journalistic ethics in that institution and destroyed their circulation (a similar story for all manufacturing industry in West Bengal)
In this context should Sagarika Ghosh have been more careful about choosing who is asking questions from the audience. She of course managed to get an interview with the Chief Minister which in her own admission is hard to achieve – no other Chief Minister does it. This interview was a total farce and I would only hope that Ms. Ghosh would pull up a sleeve a do a better job next time.
As with all farce – there was comic relief at the very end with a comment from someone in the audience “I have come back after twenty years to the State to do some work at the grassroots and I am headed back after this interview” – amazing conviction by this person! The entire audience was stuffed with so-called anglicized Bengali pseudo-intellectuals (I can freely blast Bengali’s as I am one too) and including the interviewer – this was not right ! This was not adequate respect for an over-achiever in Bengal Politics and especially since there have been so few of these achievers of late.
Lets Give Mamata Banerjee Some Room
We can blast the Trinamool government – but what about our responsibility as a citizen. What responsibility you ask – the responsibility of making sure that the disastrous communist party does not come back to power. I am not really a Trinamool supporter , but have seen the destruction caused by thirty years of Communist rule (crimes against women, murder, economic disaster and even loss the Bengali ethos) in West Bengal and don’t want a repeat – let’s cut her some slack and , encourage her , and hope that she can have many productive years at the helm.
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