(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 24, 2011
Media's Role as
Political Opposition to Left
SECTION of media is playing the role of
political opposition to the Left in
“They are trying to shatter the confidence of the people”, alleged Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. “But they will fail, the consciousness of the people of our state is much higher”, he asserted in a public rally in Kolkata recently.
media, both print and audio-visual, is
working overtime to refurbish the image of TMC leader Mamata Banerjee
‘good administrator’. It is obviously necessary to wipe out the image
anarchy and violence that she is associated with for so long. And for
purpose, the dominant media in
Another way of anti-Left campaign is the spate of ‘opinion polls’, devoid of scientific methodology and smacking of subjective assertion as well. In fact, a specific allegation has been reported that the surveyors tried to force villagers in Jamalpur in Burdwan district to speak out in favour of ‘change’, resulting in commotion.
Railway minister’s party is spending huge money in this election campaign. Despite restrictions by Election Commission, TMC candidates are using banners, flexes and posters in huge numbers. Mamata Banerjee herself is using helicopter in her election tours. In electronic media, TMC has bought enormous spaces for advertisement. Naturally the question arises about the source of money. Railway minister did a ridiculous attempt to cover up by arranging an exhibition of her artwork in Kolkata. It was reported that all her works were sold and it fetched more than Rs 2 crore. Without any comment on the quality of the paintings, her claim that it was how she gathered money for election campaign has become another example of hoodwinking people.
the campaign has hit the streets, the result
of the tenacious exercise of reinforcing contact with masses, self
rectification of mistakes and shortcomings by CPI(M) and the Left for
months is evident. A widespread turnaround by the people, particularly
areas, has been reflected in the huge response to the campaign by Left
The road show by Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in Jadavpore was attended by
a lakh people, which was far beyond the expectations of organisers.
of people joined in the march led by Biman Basu in Behala, in South
Kolkata, in Naxalbari in
(From Our Special
Correspondent – April 14, 2011)