Elections in West Bengal: How Can There be a Change Without a Better Alternative?

By Bani Bhattacharya

 From the decades of the 70′s, the Communist Party of India has not only been an indomitable force in West Bengal, but they have also been invincible and an unchallenged force. From the time of late 70′s when Mr. Jyoti Basu came in to leadership, until he retired in 2000, the CPM ruled the roost throughout. He was succeeded by Mr.Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. Many people believe, except the hardcore communists (lal salam, anyone?), that this reign has brought about the squalor and decay of the earlier called “CALCUTTA”.

One of the major player in the West Bengal political foreplay in the last few years has been the Trinamool Congress (TMC) , which was formed by Ms Mamta Banerjee in 1997 in alliance with the BJP. West Bengal, once stated as the cultural capital of India, is now ‘famous’ or rather ‘infamous’ because of its political controversies. The condition is just a little better than pathetic and the political parties are letting no stones unturned to run each other down and prove their raw power and strength. As a result of such apathy about the people at large and the facilities, everything related to a common person’s life has been nothing short of turmoil. After a long time, we are witnessing a movement at par with the independence movement, and at the outset, I would underscore my sincere hope that we get the better way out of it. The supremely dominating CPM are finally facing, a politically strong, yet undermined TMC, who are at the brink of uprooting the Marxist legacy from Bengal.

I would first attempt at pointing out certain aspects to why people are repelling off from the Marxist cerebration.

  1. Corruption, by far has been accepted as a lubricant to mobilize the levers and gears of the societal machinery and as nonsensical as it may seem, but unfortunately the only logical step that follows is to legitimize it, which thankfully is not happening due to the government’s better sense of judgment or rather embarrassment.

  2. People at large are simply fed up with the current state of affairs and completely convinced that we cannot rely on our government to eradicate corruption all by themselves.

  3. Unruly political conscience & corruption has been one of the biggest impediments in Bengal’s growth story. It has brought shame to our city in the form of the Singur and the Nandigram crisis and many instances related to abuse of constitutional offices by tainted and corrupt officials at the helm of affairs.

4. On a macro level, the credibility of all investigating agencies has taken a hit due to their autonomy by virtue of continuous interference by the executive. As a result, any attempt to bring the corrupt to justice gets intertwined with political motivations, prejudice and vested interests.

5.The most pertinent issue of all is that at the end of the day, people responsible for the misdeeds get away with little or no accountability simply because they are too powerful to be questioned.

35 years, one single party dominating the proceedings and no change, no growth, no venture capitalist investment and none interested to do so as well. Why? One single answer to that would be -the political interventions that stun growth by squashing growth opportunities.

The biggest example is throwing out the TATA NANO project from West Bengal and the inability to handle political commotion or it mistreating an entrepreneur like Mr. Ratan Tata. With the possibility of a change happening with regard to power, the citizens are expecting some betterment.

The upcoming Bengal election’s of 2011 has supposedly made the biggest hype because of an emancipated upsurge of the TMC. After instances like Singur and Nandigram, not only the cognition, but even the reputation of the CPM has taken a big setback.

 Past history tell us that the TMC can’t even be considered trustworthy enough. Whilst CPM wasn’t really able to handle commotion, instances prove TMC is not mature enough to take up the throne because of their inability to reconcile and adapt to certain situations. They were the prime catalyst behind uprooting the TATA NANO project, a project which not only failed but today is considered as a shame for the people of Bengal.

Will the red flag fly high or will the the TMC hoist a new flag on the West Bengal soil? Either way, what good is change if the alternative is equally bad?


One Response to Elections in West Bengal: How Can There be a Change Without a Better Alternative?

  1. Jeet chowdhury

    good bani keep it up….

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