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Now it is the turn of the rest of India

.. first Bengal, then India: Mamata’s Emosional Atyachaar

Many have celebrated Mamata’s ascendancy and indeed have watched with glee over the last few years how political opportunism mixed with total irresponsibility has become respectable, even mainstream in the state of West Bengal and have not blinked, because, the fire was burning elsewhere.

As Mamata free-wheeled through alliance-making; frst the BJP, then the SUCI and  Naxals and then with Congress, our political commentators were silent. It was all kosher; everything was fair game, we were told, if the Marxists can be removed from power in West Bengal.

As she and her rag-tag combine of has been actors (Shatabdi Roy and Tapas Paul), has been Marxist/ can still sing, if increasingly laden with scatology (Kabir Suman), has been in Congress, was expelled from Trinamool (Sudip Bandyopadhya) entertained Kolkata on 22nd July by ensuring a grateful city was spared a productive day in office, we must ask ourselves, in what way is she better than Mayawati or Jayalalithaa, politicians to whom she is often compared?

My fellow Indians, now our time has come. Now, we will pay the price for Mamata, as a nation. And, it will no longer be possible to ignore her.

I refer to the “Land Bill”, which was being brought in to replace a century old Colonial law which recognised only the role of the State in acquiring land for “public purpose”.

Mamata does not want this bill; every other political party is okay with it. Why? Because, this will be against the emotive, nihilistic and yet, electorally expedient stance she took in Singur and Nandigram.

So, what is the solution? After all, as Nirad Chaudhuri never tired of pointing out, Bengal loves going against the tide in the rest of the country; so what if such a stance is detrimental to progress.

There is a precedence. The Industrial Disputes Act of 1955 has specific sections which apply only to West Bengal. Perhaps, we can have the Land-Bill in the rest of the country, and have a “Mamata section” in the bill for West Bengal?

After all, why should the rest of India pay for the inability of the West Bengal voters to know what is good for them?

Will it stop at the Land Bill? My fear is, it will not.

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Buddhi-jibi vs Dur-buddhijibi battle in the land of Nirbuddhi

All Bengalis are intellectuals and that includes me!

To a Bengali, being called an intellectual is a matter of birthright. We like to spend our time on intellectual pursuits. That conjures up vision of a dhoti-clad, bespectacled, middle-aged man in hot pursuit of matters intellectual with a butterfly net.

We live by our intellect; this mode of living excludes all non-Bengalis from its definition. We are Buddhi-jibis: folks who live by our wits. If Chanakyapuri, Delhi’s diplomatic enclave was in Kolkata, the capital city of Bengal, the road names there would have definitely had an addition. Shanti (Peace) Path, Nyaya (justice) Marg, Satya (Truth) Marg, Niti (Principle Marg)… to a Bengali all this is secondary to Buddhi- Intelligence. In fact, to a true Bengali, it all starts and ends with Buddhi.

So, in the most sacred land of Buddhi, whose capital Kolkata is, the buddhiman (intelligent) electorate elected Buddhadeb, the star among the buddhijibis to lead them for 5 years. His predecessor had ruled Bengal for almost 30 years. Gita says, “Vinaashkaale viparit-buddhi”: loosely translated, whom the Gods want to destroy, they first turn mad. Buddhadeb’s predecessor is proof that Gita is not infallible, he had had Viparit Buddhi for a long time, but continued to rule without being visited by any destruction.

Our benighted state is blessed with a galaxy of star buddhijibis, as befits a state where the average IQ is in the high 20s. Buddhadeb’s nemesis is Lady Khamata, the high priestess of bad; the leading Dur-buddhijibi. Normally, you would expect the buddhijibis of the state to rise up and side with Buddhadeb; after all he is one of them. But, after 30 years of being ruled by the Viparit-Buddhi-jibi, the state is now mostly populated by Nirbuddhi-jibis. These brainless wonders sat around and nodded listlessly and waited for the next bandh call as the last truck rolled out of Singur carrying the nuts and bolts of the last hope of Bengal’s economic revival.

Man can not live on bread alone; but, the Nirbuddhi-jibis of Bengal can live on their buddhi, nay, their tattered reputation of being the most intellectual in our country.

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