People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 13, 2006
THE drive for industrialisation in Bengal under the aegis of the Left Front government has already had a stamp of popular approval. The policy of industrialisation has always been a prominent part of the succeeding election manifestos of the Left Front as well.
would the Bengal opposition and their patrons in the corporate media ever give
the issue a rest. Instead of
concentrating on the task of coming forward in the drive to pace up the flow of
industrialisation in Bengal, the opposition and the big media would constantly
carp on the supposed ‘ill effects’ of the industrial policy and focus
attention on an imagined scenario of dread and doom.
rapidly out of political space, the Bengal opposition often act as if they
belong to a terrain that is at a great distance from and intrinsically
antithetical to the interests of Bengal. This
is particularly said for the Pradesh Congress, which constantly harps of the
rhetoric of nationalism, day in, and day out.
has been proved repeatedly that whatever good is done here in Bengal is looked
upon by them as something sinister and filled with uncertainties. In doing so, we do believe, the opposition worthies are
clearly transferring their mental frame of mind to the evolving reality in
Bengal under the Left Front government.
Banerjee of late made a ‘special appearance’, so to speak at Singur in
Hooghly where kisans had voluntarily acceded to the call of Bengal LF government
to build industrial centre by handing over land, Mamata Banerjee made a grand
entrance on a rainy day to plant boro paddy on a miniscule ‘plot’ of land
that measured, maybe, 2’ by 4’.
the handful present to witness her extremely amateur efforts, slipping and
sliding in the mud, there were perhaps just a couple of kisan
supporters of her outfit around. The
rest were her storm-troopers who had come in three jeeps.
announced that the ‘kisans of
Bengal’ would ‘shed blood’ to prevent industry from coming up on the land
of Singur. There were few takers
even among her supporters to cheer her fierce words uttered in her trade mark
shriek. Certainly, no slogans
cue has been given though, and the actors in the corporate media promptly took
up the refrain. They went around
the area and started to ‘discover’ the ‘deep agony’ of the kisan at the way land was being ‘taken away’ from them.
The accompanying visuals would strangely enough show miles of fallow land
with not a crop-head around.
media then took a different turn in its crooked efforts to embarrass the Left
Front government. It kept on
‘quoting unnamed sources’ to ‘prove’ that the Left Front partners were
at loggerheads with the CPI(M) over the industrial policy.
the haste to please the corporate bosses, the intrepid anti-Communists in the
media world let it slip from their feeble minds that the industrial policy
framed twelve years ago in 1994, has been very much a part of the election
manifesto of the Left Front per se.
Or, that there was a Left Front government in office in Bengal from 1977.
ENDORSES INDUSTRIAL POLICY DECISIONS
meeting of the Bengal Left Front that took place recently at the Muzaffar Ahmad
Bhavan clearly endorsed the industrial policy of the Left Front government and
Left Front leadership earlier went through a note on industrialisation that was
circulated beforehand and there was a detailed discussion in the points raised
in that document. The consensus of
the Bengal Left Front was to give a green signal to the LF government to
implement the industrial policy in full measure, considering its importance.
Left Front chairman and senior CPI(M) leader Biman Basu later said, if there was
any debate over the Bengal LF government’s industrial policy, it was confined
to the corridors of the media alone. (B