It is a good and intellectually appealing piece of writing from a renowned scholar. But about what left he is talking about in the Indian context... Here there are so many flavors and colors and hues ....
Secondly, the ground reality of West Bengal is conversion to "party society" which stifles every aspect of freedom and free endeavor.... How and in what way it has helped in development of West Bengal in last 33 years .... And 33 years are not a small time for experimentation... Very few got similar opportunity in modern history if I am not wrong....
All theories are fine as long as it changes the lives of people for the better.... Go to Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai or even in remote south and see how an average Bengali is struggling out there to make a living.... They are the forced migrants from rural Bengal and a direct and vivid example of a failed ideology / an incompetent administration and vision-less leadership.
Now since the NREGA has been vigorously advertised by Congress (here I fully agree with the author that right of people in a society here is being perversely shown as a goodness of the Congress party / government) ... Left is ready to take the share of the credit for which probably it has got no role..... Had they been so bothered about the poor, they would have started something (in spite of all budget / revenue constraints) in Bengal long time back.
You can't hide the enormous opportunity squandered by the left in last 33 years in Bengal.
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