The other day, that was before I went and septified by index finger and was unable to type for almost three weeks, I started this post. At the time, I was going to bash the Left – mostly because I felt like it was a made for media party. Everyday was a new statement, everyday more photo-ops. Like they were getting off from all this attention. A superiority complex. And the more issues they weighed in on, the angrier I got cause it just felt like talking for the sake of talking. For the sake of being on TV.
Well, if we needed any more of an indication of their intellectual dishonesty, look at Nandigram. Now, because the CPM is getting so much flak for not stopping the violence in Nandigram, they are trading in their soul (what soul?) for UPA’s support. So they let the PM et al go to the IAEA at this crucial point. I don’t really have any concrete evidence in my hand but I’m just analyzing what I see unfolding before me.
Firstly, if they really are going to stick to this silly idea that India should not have a nuclear deal with the US, then why even allow this next step? You know, the other day this member of Lalu’s RJD came to the office, and he basically said that the Left’s objections to the deal caught them by surprise because they (the Left) had basically made it known that they would make noises to cater to their audience, but the deal would go through anyway. Well, if this is what they meant, they should have underlined, bold, and italed the word ‘noises’!
Anyway now to Nandigram – the reason I (and many others) believe they have eased up on the deal. See, the point to note is that the CPM makes no real distinction between party and government. The Bengal government doesn’t come down upon the CPM. So CPM hooligans were bashing up the Trinamool thugs, muchos violence ensued, and the state basically let it happen.
Now as more gruesome stories of rape come out, so do comparisons of Nandigram and Gujarat. Now, to be sure, the scale and the provocation are totally different in both cases. Nandigram certainly wasn’t communal, it certainly wasn’t spread over the state. But it was party/state sponsored, and that’s worrying.
More so because of one more thing. The other day, we were discussing which parties we support. And the conclusion we came to was that the Congress wins, in our circle, however undeservingly at times, because at least you get the sense that it is a party of educated people. The BJP, for all its pros, has the biggest con, and that is the communal tint. So what other really educated alternative do we have? And now the Left, being at least supposedly a party of intellectuals, has shown us that it is no better.
Condoning gunda-giri is appalling. And not drawing a distinction between what the state needs and what the party wants makes them as uncouth as the rest of them in my eyes.
When will we become FOR the people?