Kinjal Ghose brings out the politics of 'apolitics' and opportunist alliances that has characterised the opposition to the Tatas' project in Singur.
Singur is under siege. The Tata small car factory is coming up at Singur, and the car is scheduled to roll out in a couple of months from this factory. Mamata Banerjee is leading an indefinite 'dharna' at Singur. The arterial road of the state, Durgapur expressway, a part of the NH 2, remains under siege since the dharna started yesterday. Several districts in West Bengal are cut off.
The CITU, over the last many years, is continuously demanding that iron ore export from the country should be banned. This ban is in the national interest, in the interest of our own steel plants, the present ones and those which are expected to come up in future and above everything else, this ban is in the short term and long term interest of Indian economy.
The Trinamool Congress is at it again. It has re-embarked in its familiar roll of creating chaos over the small car factory project of Tata Motors in Singur. A so-called movement to save land is crossing democratic boundaries and fomenting violence. A technician working on the project was roughed up with iron rods recently. He had to be hospitalized in a serious condition. A few days ago, another worker was attacked on his way home from the project site.
"The greatest successes in industrial development and prosperity of the last fifty years have been produced by state ownership and investment, central planning and regulated monopoly rather than by the 'free market'"
Kolkata, January 9 Even as Tata Motors is ready to unveil its much-hyped small car at the auto-expo in Delhi on Thursday, the state government has quietly started rehabilitating the residents of Singur, including those who lost their land to the company’s small car manufacturing unit there.
On January 7, the government distributed about 14 acres of land (out of a total of 53 acres earmarked for the purpose) among 100 people, a majority of whom were unrecorded bargadars who lost their livelihood as the land they tilled came under the project.
Sourced from a two part article in The Telegraph newspaper.
The prospects of Japanese investment for future projects in the State were reportedly discussed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
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