June 27, 2009


KOLKATA, JUNE 25: A continuous political campaign is going in Bengal to resist the attempts by the forces of anarchy to disrupt peace and order. A large rally held at Rani Rashmoni Road was the focal point for the first day of the programme on 23 June. There was another such central LF rally held at Howrah on the same day.

All the district headquarters, reports reaching us, witnessed big assemblages of people from all facets of lives and livelihoods. They came together in condemnation of the doings of the Bengal opposition in the ranks of which there is the entire opportunist political array from the reactionary right to the sectarian left.

The Kolkata rally attracted more than ten thousand people. The addresses of the LF leaders were suitably interspersed with songs, recitations, poster dramas, and such other cultural events. Painters drew pictures in vivid colours and bold strokes of the brush-and-the-pen that represented the remonstration of the culture of Kolkata and Bengal against anarchy of every kind. There was a poster exhibition on related themes as well.

Biman Basu, Bengal LF chairman said in his address, which expressed a controlled anger against the killings of the innocent yet taking place in Bengal courtesy of the Trinamulis, the Congressites, and the self-styled ‘Maoists,’ that the Left Front had in the past battled against authoritarianism, communalism, divisism, and anarchy. The task is not yet finished for the stakes in society continue to fuel disorder and division for their own class interest. Where the ruling classes go, the corporate media follow faithfully.

Biman recalled the terrible days, and months, and years between 1970 and 1977 when the dogs of war were let loose on the masses of Bengal. The CPI (M) was the prime target. The same form is hideously emulated shamelessly by the Bengal opposition following their detesting and condemnably triumphal fall-out of the electoral results they had had in recent times.

Party offices are put to the torch, residences are pillaged, hutments are burnt to the ground, roads are dug up, crops are set on fire, relief materials are looted, women are harassed even molested, and above all, CPI (M) workers are butchered – 56 CPI (M) workers, and one Forward Block worker, being the latest list of casualties in Bengal. In one area of Khejuri alone more than 200 residences, pucca, and kutcha have been pulled down and set fire to. 10 Party offices have been burnt after being ransacked within a radius of 19-odd kilometres.

The Trinamulis averred a total of 45 activists of their ranks having been killed post-poll, but would print and publish, after a lengthy delay following the vaunted claim, carried expectedly in the corporate media with aplomb, a list containing 23 names. One name refers to a person as a resident of ‘Nandigram, of the south 24 Parganas living in the’ (non-existent) ‘Purba Midnapore Lok Sabha constituency.’ Such gross ‘errors’ of location linking the deceased to the area where that person lived, abound, among other ‘mistakes.’ This is a clear attempt to baffle the people, declares Biman Basu.(INN)

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