ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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West Bengal: Violence without Ideology

In its nature and causes the violence that is now shaking the West Bengal countryside is significantly different from the class-based Naxalite upheaval of the 1960-70 period and from the caste-based violence that can be seen in parts of north India. Underneath this difference lurks a socio-economic crisis.

Hope for socialism is one of the best human virtues. It was first out-raged by the leaders of the Soviet Union, and then China. Now in India it is being debauched by the CPI(M), its leaders and cadres systematically undermining the convictions of the common people and disregarding public sensitivities. At the end of almost a quarter of a century of rule in West Bengal, the Marxist communists have managed to notch up a record where their few achievements are being fast overtaken by their misdeeds and daily descent to criminality.

Following its setback in the Calcutta municipality elections and the Panskura Lok Sabha by-election, the CPI(M) has clearly gone berserk, physically attacking not only its political opponents (among whom many are landless), but also journalists who dare to expose their crimes. Soon after the defeat in Panskura in Midnapore, clashes broke out between Trinamul supporters and CPI(M) cadres in several villages in that district, when the latter took it out on the villagers who had voted against the CPI(M) by forcibly evicting them from their homes. Such clashes spread to other districts, culminating in the killing of 11 Trinamul supporters in Nannur in early August. A series of attacks on media persons in different parts of the state during the municipality elections that month reached its climax when on August 10, right inside the government headquarters, Writers’ Building in Calcutta, members of the CPI(M)-led Coordination Committee of State Government Employees assaulted journalists who were covering an anti-government agitation organised by their rivals. Twelve among them received injuries, and two had to be hospitalised.

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