(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 14, 2009
The Politics Of Terror
supreme anti-democratic character of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is
unfolding accompanied by murderous assaults on the CPI(M) and the Left
the time of the 93rd amendment to the Indian Constitution making the
raj institutions mandatory, the country fiercely debated this issue of
of funds directly to the panchayats. It was then suggested by the
party that central funds should flow directly from the prime minister
to the district
magistrate bypassing the elected government and the chief minister of
the state. The country had then rejected comprehensively this formula of `PM to DM
minus CM' as being a complete violation of our Constitution. The TMC is
trying to resurrect this issue by seeking to bypass the elected state
The clearest expression of the TMC's anti-democratic character is exposed in the murderous assaults that it has unleashed on the CPI(M) and the Left. During the period from the announcement of the 15th general elections till today, as we go to press, 40 CPI(M) and 2 Forward Bloc activists have been murdered so far.
is currently happening in Nandigram and Khejuri
From the morning of June 8, fully armed gangs on motorbikes began attacking CPI(M) offices in Khejuri, looting and setting on fire the homes of Party activists. This attack continued for more than 36 hours non stop. All CPI(M) offices in a stretch of 19 kilometers were looted and destroyed in a planned manner. Over a hundred CPI(M) activists were grievously injured and over 200 houses were burnt and looted. More than a thousand villagers were forced to flee from their homes.
As we go to press, these attacks are still continuing. On June 9, five ministers of the state government were prevented from reaching Khejuri by the TMC. They refused to even discuss with the district superintendent of police and the district magistrate who tried to reason with them. Clearly, they were seeking to provoke a confrontation and to try and use the consequent developments to demand the intervention of the central government on the excuse of a ‘break down of law and order’ in the state. The TMC chief has already demanded that the central government should act against the state government under Article 355 of our Constitution. This is a classic case of “the pot calling the kettle black”. First mount murderous assaults and then raise the bogey of a law and order breakdown and seek central intervention – this is the politics of the TMC.
the decade of the 1970s, the CPI(M) had faced and defeated the
terror unleashed by the Congress and
other reactionary forces. Thousands of our comrades had been martyred
struggle and many more thousands were dislocated from their homes. This
semi-fascist terror was intensified after the Congress had won a rigged
election to the state assembly in 1972.
The CPI(M) had fought back this terror with courage and
and for the restoration of democracy in
if the TMC and other reactionary forces wish to once again subvert
West Bengal and to disrupt the peace and stability that
(June 10, 2009)