An essay on the contemporary politics in West Bengal that accounts for the political character of Trinamool Congress, analyzes the dynamics of a declining Left and points out the signs of new political trends in the state.
The magnificent victory of the CPI(M)-led Left Front in Tripura - winning 50 out of the 60 seats – and the success of the LF candidate in the Nalhati by-election in West Bengal has been interpreted as a “re-emergence” of the Left parties by a senior CPI(M) leader. This does not seem to be a rigorous assessment.
In the last seven months 12 farmers have committed suicide in West Bengal because of debt related problems and a crash of the prices of their crops. Many more farmers have been forced to sell their crops under distress at abysmally low prices and some have burnt down their crops in utter frustration. The question is what has ‘changed’ in the state?
Jiten Nandi of Garbeta, Purnima Gharui of Raina, Ajit Lohar of Saltora, Ramprabesh Ray and Mundakala Ray of Durgapur, Dahiruddin of Raigunj, Mohammed Khodarakha of Suri, Amal Samaddar of Durgapur, Mahbul Sheikh and Masahrul Sheikh of Beldanga.
The CPI(M) will undertake a comprehensive review of the results to identify the causes which have led to the erosion of support for the Left Front and the political shift that has taken place in West Bengal. The CPI (M) will, after the critical examination of the election results, orient itself towards taking up the issues of the basic classes and fighting for the interests of the working people. The political platform of the Left which includes the fight against the neo-liberal economic policies, defending the livelihood of the people, defence of national sovereignty and secularism remains as the only alternative political platform for the country as against those of the ruling class parties like the Congress and the BJP. General Secretary of the CPI(M), Prakash Karat writes.
A rebuttal of Shri Abusaleh Shariff and Mr. Fazal’s latest offering on the status of Muslims in West Bengal. An earlier rejoinder had already been published in The Hindu newspaper, accompanied by the same image. Image, courtesy, The Hindu
The Left Front Government has been attacked consistently by the pro-Mamata intellectuals relying on falsehoods and a deep rooted anti-communist ideology. The media tried to project as if no intellectuals are supporting the Left Front Government. This is however far from truth. Eminent intellectuals of the state have openly expressed their support for the Left Front and have appealed to the people to elect the 8th Left Front Government.
The Times Now Channel has telecast an exclusive interview of Kim Davy, key accused in the Purulia Arms Drop Case. In this interview, Mr. Davy has sqauarely said that the arms were dropped to arm people against the CPI(M) in Purulia. What is even more shocking is his claim that the arms were dropped in connivance with RAW and other Indian agencies. We give here the video and the full text of the Interview.
A perceptive piece by R.Uma Maheswari in The Hoot points out how commentary in many newspapers over the assembly elections has been used as a front for taking on "communism" by the bourgeois media. As the author says, "A media bubble called Mamata" has been created in the press and multimedia. And how, "every other day we have Mamata eulogies camouflaged as news. She is the mainstream media's candidate and she is also the industry's favourite as the next chief minister".
A blog on the performance of the Left Front government, particularly how land reforms and panchayati system has benefited and empowered the marginalised groups by pragoti editorial member member, Maidul Islam. Also, this blog briefly narrates the performance of the Left Front on social security for informal sector labour force and the peacful law and order situation while comapring the politics of the Left and the Trinamool Congress.