(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 12, 2010
BEFORE we go at some detail into the CPI(M) and Left Front leaders’ addresses to the absolutely packed-to-overflowing indoor stadium in the heart of Kolkata, on 31 August 2010, let us quote some important if grief-ridden statistics – and dwell on the their political impact.
From 1 September 2009 until now, over 200 CPI(M) leaders-workers-supporters have been brutally done to death in Bengal, at the merciless and hired hands of armed goons in the pay-and-patronage of the left sectarians, the right reactionaries, and their combined gangs of the night. The murder, the latest occurrence, in broad daylight of a school teacher, Comrade Dibakar Mahato at Salboni in Midnapore west, in front of students, on 4 September, and the photo run by even the corporate press of the comrade who yet clutched a pen in his right hand, has a million stories to tell.
The figure is
important because these were not, could never be, part of the
law-and-order situation in the country, and
The political import of the martyrs’ columns now vigilant for ever in the towns and villages across what is now a climatologically but not politically arid Bengal, has been that this is the first time ever that so many of our comrades had to embrace martyrdom within the calendar span of a year, since the coming to office of the Bengal Left Front government, riding the crest of a popular surge for change, in the fateful months way back in 1977.
For the record, on 31 August 1951, the then Dr B C Roy-led Congress state government had bludgeoned to death – bullets, the then top police brass had commented, proved an ‘expensive proposition’ – no less than 80 hungry men, women, children who formed part of the three-lakh-strong ‘march for food’ onto what was then Calcutta, from all over the state. This is the reason why the day is nurtured into the memories of the Communist Party and the left parties as the ‘martyrs’ day,’ for ever afterwards.
The tone of the indoor rally was certainly set by chief minister of Bengal Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee who called the Trinamuli outfit and its cohorts as creatures who thrived on lies, untruth, and deception. Buddhadeb was sharply critical of the goings on in the principal opposition party where one leader sat at the top of the heap and others sat at the supremo’s feet, helpless, lacking independent initiative, even a difference of opinion — or be damned for ever.
Quoting the more blatant of the lies with which the chieftain of the opposition went to town recently, splashed duly across the docile and compromised corporate-run print and television media, Buddhadeb pointed to the shameless untruths uttered by that worthy union minister on the fire at the Stephens’ Court, the so-called attempt at communal riots in Kolkata, and the series of railway mishaps, chief amongst them the killing incident of the Gyaneswari Express, and finally, crucially, the tale told with élan that the chief’s convoy was ‘breached’ by a truck for purposes of doing bodily harm to the worthy.
stands on lies
and deception, slanders and untruth – how much longer would the
democratic-minded people of
The state has had to pay dearly for these calculated if fatal antics of a single individual and her docile columns. There has been no motor car industry in Singur. Nandigram was over run by the right-left combination of the Trinamulis and the self-styled ‘Maoists.’ Normal rhythm of life was violently upset in the jangal mahal, and only now that the people have turned to face the enemy rather than continue with the poor quality of life under siege-like conditions. The forces of violence must be stopped in their predatory tracks or they will cause ruination to visit the state, he said.
Buddhadeb was bitterly opposed to the policies of the union government that would cause food prices to skyrocket and haunt the common person while at the same time ensuring that the public distribution system was dismantled brick by brick. The fact that foodgrains rotted away in union government-run storage facilities and godowns appeared to be of little worry to the Manmohan Singh government. The CPI(M) Polit Bureau member also criticised the union government’s outlook when he said that it would not cooperate with the state on the issue of 100 days’ of work under NREGA.
the Bengal CPI(M) and chairman of the Bengal Left Front did not mince
when he began his brief if important address by delineating the
prevailing in the country, and the victim of which was the state of
the CPI(M) leader pointed to the waves of attacks on the democratic
on democratic movements and struggles in
Other Left Front leaders who addressed the massive gathering were Ashok Ghosh (FB), Kshiti Goswami (RSP), Swapan Banerjee (CPI), Pratim Chatterjee (FB-M), Janmenjoy Ojha (SP), Sunil Chaudhuri (Biplabi Bangla Congress), Rampada Samanta (DSP), Subhas Roy (RCPI).