Mukhya Mantri Mamata

Bengal has given her verdict loud and clear. Mamata Bannerjee has been entrusted to govern the state for the next five years with a thumping majority. For the first time in 34 years, the Red Citadel has crumbled. And how. Almost everyone i know had moist eyes when Mamata delivered her victory speech and dedicated the victory to Ma, Mati and Manush. The much anticipated moment of change had arrived in Bengal.

This 54 year old lady, from a humble background in Kalighat, surprised everyone with her Lok Sabha win from Jadavpur in 1984. There has been no stopping her since then. From early childhood, we have known only two leaders in Bengal – Jyoti Babu and Mamata Didi. An ace street fighter, she always took up the cause of the people, the oppressed.

Mercurial, maverick, moody, loud, aggressive, the epithets this woman earned over the last 27 years of her struggle would even put the Hindu Gods with 108 odd names to shame. From comparisons to all types of animals to being called a call girl, she has borne it all with silence and resilience. Firm on what she believes is correct, Mamata never budges from her position. Determination and Integrity define the essence of the incumbent Chief Minister of Bengal.

Being a woman in this man’s world and fighting against a system which is completely under the male domain, requires immense guts. Every woman in South East Asia who made it big in politics had a male mentor. From political widow Sonia Gandhi to the political orphan Sheikh Hasina, from Mayawati to JayaLalitha, each one of them capitalised on the experience provided by their male counterparts/guides. Mamata never had any political Guru. She started her career and chartered her course according to her own whims.

From 21 July 1993 (when she narrowly escaped being killed by the police when the latter opened fire on Youth Congress agitation) to Netai, Mamata has come a long way in her struggle. But she has not changed a bit. Clad in the cotton sari, wearing chappals and carrying a bag (which she calls “Jangal Mahal”) Mamata has rushed to the need of people every time circumstances demanded.

People (specially residents of Non Bengali states) remember and visualise Mamata as the woman who drove the Nano out of Bengal. They do not know/want to know the history behind the tragedy. (We can save the Singur debate for some other time. It is now well known that the Left Front government was at fault). Chandmoni’s displaced tea workers, Sain bari’s political martyrs, Nandigram’s hapless villagers, Mamata became synonymous with Messiah. She became the alternative that the people of Bengal were waiting for.

Mamata is the answer to CPI-M’s arrogance. Mamata is the answer to CPI-M’s state sponsored terror. Mamata is the answer to Unnoto toro Bam Front. In Bengal where development means an increased floor to the CPI-M party office, Mamata’s frugal lifestyle is a matter of envy for many. Across religions, across castes, across genders, across all divides, people reposed their faith in Mamata, their faith in democracy. The time has come for the fighter to don the administrative hat (she has already done that with her stint as Minister in the Union government, not once but on multiple occasions, but every time she resigned to come back to Bengal and fight the terror machinery emanating out of Alimuddin Street in Kolkata).

Never before have i felt so liberated, so euphoric, so emotional. Not even on 2 July 2009 when homosexuality was decriminalised. We are indebted to her for making us have faith in Change.

Aaj aami matha tule dariye bolte pari ami Bangali. Kalima lipto 34 er ondhokar, Bijoy dhwani te obosan. Punorutthan hobe Banglar. Aj amar protibad korar odhikar ache, aj amar nijer kotha bolar odhikar ache, aj amai parar dada, rastar mastan, beyadop autowallah’r theke bhoy pete hobe na, aj Bangla abar saadhin holo

The road ahead is full of thorns, but people are with her. All the best to Mukhyo Mantri Mamata Bannerjee. Or as she prefers, sudhui Mamata.

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About Agnivo Niyogi

Typical Aantel, reader, blogger, news addict, opinionated. Digital media enthusiast. Didi fanboi. Joy Bangla!

Posted on May 15, 2011, in Politics and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Let’s wait and watch how she turns out as a CM! But any change is a good change as long as the change is democratic. And yes, like you said, let’s save Singur debate for some time later.

    Keep writing.


  2. It really is inspiring the way she has come from nowhere to being the most important person in bengal politics today.


  3. there was a flood of emotion all over Kolkata… this was a historic moment for all the people of Bengal… i heard stories of India winning the world-up but hadn’t witnessed it until few months back… didn’t know 2011 had much more to offer… this is the victory of democracy…the victory of the determination and willpower of a woman…


  4. Positive historical events are taking place in India for women. It is about time a women was in power fighting for equality.
    Congratulations to all women of South East Asia.
    Beautiful inspiring Story


  5. You wrote, “Mamata is the answer to CPI-M’s arrogance.” Being an outsider and with no deep knowledge of politics in Bengal, I can only congratulate to Mamata and the people of Bengal and hope that Mamata’s arrogance is the answer to CPI-M’s arrogance. Mamata deserved this chance and hats off to her struggle for it. But it will be interesting how the opposition leader till now performs after coming to power


  6. 5 years, she has, all she has to do is perform, lets see.


  7. This is a really big victory for Mamta Bannerjee and the people of Bengal 😀




  9. “Mamata is the answer to CPI-M’s arrogance” That one line says it all. She has had a long struggle, been attacked n what not…. all the best to her, and to the people of Bengal.


  10. “Mamata” the name is perfect for her.She is great.
    I personally respect her a lot alot.May God bless her a lot as a Cheif Minister of Wset Bengal’.


  11. I am so happy that I come here to read this posting and I bookmarked for reference and I shared to my facebook ,,, God bless you


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