The Cartoon Conspiracy And Merciless Mamata!
Mamata Bannerji threw the Left government in West Bengal—an eastern state of India—out of power in 2011 after its marathon rule of 34 years. She got an overwhelming majority for her party Trinamool Congress (TMC). Trinamool means grass-root and Mamata Bannerji—the Chief Minister of West Bengal—has been firing all guns since to uproot what she calls Leftist ‘conspiracies’.
First, the new Chief Minister got unnerved by an unceasing stream of baby deaths in many hospitals across the state. Instead of going into the root of the problem she conveniently decided to identify the Left as the root-cause. Not only that, she dismissed cases of dastardly crimes against women in her capital Kolkata as made-up ones thanks again to some leftist roots of the victims.
Second, Mamata wanted to initiate an era of change in the state by dictating to the public libraries to stop subscribing to newspapers linked to political parties other than hers. Disturbed by the specter of deep-rooted communism in the state she also decided to erase Marx and Engels from all school textbooks. ‘This is arrogance…intolerance…suppression of freedom of speech…dictatorship! Democratic traditions are being rooted out!’ cried the citizens, the intelligentsia and intellectuals of West Bengal who were the first in India to bask in the renaissance.
Third, so rooted to reality the new Chief Minister was she objected to everything done by India’s coalition government at the center of which TMC was a dictating partner, be it in the social or economic or technology and science sector. She even sacked her own party’s Railway Minister at the center for the crime of presenting a good and sensible railway budget.
And the latest, Mamata Bannerji got one professor of a reputed university of Kolkata beaten and arrested for taking part in presenting and forwarding a cartoon in the internet. The cartoon depicted a narrative regarding her sacking of the Railway Minister and putting in one of her faithful party men as a replacement.Continued on the next page