It has been exactly 2 years and 17 days since Mamta Banerjee sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal and formed the State government along with bunch Tollywood superstars, sport-persons, artists and Derek O’Brien . And since then she’d been in and out of news frequently. She rose to fame when she successfully forced Ratan Tata out of Singur. Most importantly, she came in power after 31 years long rule by the Left Front. She was there because she claimed that she was the “poriborton” or change the people wanted. I too believe that in a democracy 31 straight years in power is enough for the ruling party to become complacent. And thus, change is necessary!!
But no one needs this sort of change. The change proved to be expensive for many. This is West Bengal Government for and by the pseudo neo-liberal upper middle class and the capitalists. This government has drafted no new policy to prove that they’re here to change things. But the situation has only worsened in the state leading unreasonable bloodshed of opposition party workers and leaders.
But there are many incidences to prove utter lawlessness in the state and that “Didi” has no control over her party workers. Starting from giving out hate speeches, shooting cops to be a part of scam, everything has happened in these 2 years. I guess the State was more democratic under the rule of a Communist Government.
But for now let’s talk about “Didi”. She’s the most fickle minded leader I’ve ever seen. She sees “Kaunspeeraasi” in everything from a rape, to fire in market place she even thinks a simple forwarded cartoon is a murder threat; and anyone to questions her is a “maoisht”. Can you believe this without even doing a thing; she made into Times 100 most influential people and 50 most influential people in the world of finance. The condition was not good because of negligence of the Central Government and lack of MNCs due to presence of communist government. Over that Didi further reduced the chances of development with her baseless protests against the SEZ in Nandigram and Tata Motor’s Nano Plant in Singur. Though she plummeted in eyes of public, but truth lies elsewhere. True picture of Nandigram and Singur completely different to what the TMC and the media presented to the world. Even years after the Singur incidence, the “fertile agricultural land” lies barren. Most of the people, who were going to get jobs in the factory, are rendered jobless; some had to migrate to Sananda in Gujarat. While campaigning Didi claimed that she’s against bandhs. It is quite funny because she had called many of them when she was in opposition. Then during the 2012 Presidential election after failing to muster required support and afraid of landing on the losing side she gave her party support to Pranab Mukherjee for the post of President of India after a long drama over the issue, She also said” she was personally a “great fan” of Mukherjee and wished he grows from strength to strength”. She attributed the increasing incidence of rape in the country to “more free interaction between men and women”. She said, “Earlier if men and women would hold hands, they would get caught by parents and reprimanded but now everything is so open. It’s like an open market with open options.” In Her opinion of the rapes reported in Kolkata remain political tools by her opposition, and that their news are exaggerated. However, Mamata is ignorant of the condition in which girls and women live in villages in West Bengal as well as nationwide. As a woman in power, something more was expected from her. The media which helped her in propaganda against the Left front was also accused of Exaggerating matters. She’s the one who says they have no state funds to give incentives to farmers and spend other Millions on organizing fests and give it away to IPL team after they win the trophy. She’s the one to after increasing taxes on tobacco asks publi to smoke to compensate those who lost their money in Chit Fund Scams……Sadly these chronicles are expected to continue for 1-2 terms more at least due to lack of strong opposition.
God save people of West Bengal and give them strength!
– Suprabho Dhenki (email:Suprabho13@gmail.com)