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Crocodile tears for Ranaghat nun

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In solidarity with Mother Superior from Ranaghat

On Saturday morning – 14 March, 2015 – I was horrified when I received a WhatsApp message from a friend. My faith in humanity was shaken. A 74 year old nun was allegedly gangraped in Nadia district of my state… How beastly can someone’s mentality be to assault a mother! I was moved to tears when next day I read the nun said she forgave the criminals who did it to her. “Forgive them Father, they do not know what they did” said Lord Jesus on the Cross; only someone belonging to the Church could say this for her assaulters.

The incident obviously invited political repercussions across India. BJP, on the backfoot over rising cases of attacks on minorities – specially Christians, was desperate to counter West Bengal government. Without even an iota of evidence, the State President of the party blamed TMC men for the heinous crime. Mamata Di rose to the gravity of the situation, and like a true statesman ordered a CID probe within hours of the incident. She was in constant touch with the Convent while Derek O’Brien was in touch with nuns in Delhi for any assistance.

But the question here is not scoring political brownie points. I would not even be writing this post had the shameless Opposition of Bengal used students as shield to embarrass the CM during her return from Ranaghat on Monday night (this after the Church prevented BJP delegation from meeting the survivor in hospital). BJP’s Sangh affiliate VHP justified the rape and attack on Christians, used abusive analogy with homosexuality to glorify the criminals.

If you open newspapers these days, they all scream about incidents of assault and attack on women. Has the situation in Bengal worsened in the last three years? Or is the media lying? Neither. It is a case of selective reportage. The same media houses which wore a veil when women were violated before 2011 has suddenly found its voice of outrage. The earlier government hardly allowed any dissent to surface; they were quashed locally in party offices. This is the digital age; we live in a free society now – The present government has nothing to hide.

1) No justice has been delivered on the Marijhanpi case in 1977, when thousands of refugee women were brutally raped, murdered and thrown away on the sea by harmads.

2) Remember Bantala, 1990? When Anita Dewan was raped, torch inserted in her private parts by CPM goons, and the Chief Minister Jyoti Basu said, ‘these things happen’.

3) In 1989, Cooch Behar at Fulbari on one single day, 10 Adivasis were raped by CPM harmads and yet no justice to them.

4) The CPM harmads entered Basanti Sonakhali and raped housewives. (1992)

5) Felani Basak, raped and murdered by CPM goons at Nadia in 1992, and no justice to her.

6) At Uday Narayanpur, Howrah, six housewives were raped by CPM goons in 1996. No justice has been delivered.

7) On the infamous Dhantala incident, males in the bus were tired up and CPM goons raped the females in front of them in 2003. And yes, no justice on this too.

8) Has justice being delivered to the brave martyr of Singur, Tapasi Malik, who was raped and murdered in 2006 at the TATA Nano complex, just because she fought for the right for her land?

9) Women who were inhumanly raped by the CPM harmads at Nandigram in 2007 still await justice.

10) Very recently, a 5 year old baby was raped by BJP workers inside the BJP office at Behala. Did Rahul Sinha, Suryakanta Mishra, Adhir Chowdhury ever speak on this issue?

11) One of the Ministers of BJP’s cabinet, Mr Nihal Chand is a rape accused and according to official police record he is absconding. Yet, he continues to attend Parliament and his Ministerial post.

12) BJP is a party, whose MP sat on stage silently while his follower asked the crow to rape the corpses of Muslim women.

13) BJP is the party whose Shakha Sangathans in Sangh Parivar dictate how many kids women should produce.

14) Have we forgotten Bilkis Bano? Have the horror stories of 2002 escaped our minds? The Prime Minister (the CM of Gujarat)’s ministers Babu Bajrangi & Maya Kodnani are out on bail. Have we forgiven them for their heinous crimes?

With such long history of inaction of CPM and the sick mentality of BJP, does it suit them to shed crocodile tears?

 

Dear media, TMC is NOT disintegrating

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Every alternate day the morning newspaper headlines scream that all is not well in Trinamool. Reporters (sic) tell us how Trinamool Congress is splitting up. This is generally followed up by meaningless shouting matches in the evening on a news channel. The megalomaniac anchor sets the agenda and the guests obediently dance to the tunes of the ringmaster.

Let’s come to the point. Is Trinamool disintegrating? The media channels would suggest yes. But the ground realities are much different.

So called dissidents

Locket Chatterjee has joined BJP from TMC. Her “switch” grabbed eyeballs on national television as if that was the biggest breaking news from Bengal. But honestly, how many of you actually knew that she was a card carrying member of TMC? Some channels attributed the epithet of “mass leader” to her. Jyoti Basu or Indira Gandhi must be turning in their graves.

Manjul Krishna Thakur recently joined the BJP. Mamata Banerjee is known to have an inclusive model of governance and wanted someone to represent Matua community in her cabinet. So Manjul Krishna Thakur was made a minister. It is amply clear now that he was an opportunist who quit TMC because he understood the party was in no mood to make his son a candidate for the Bongaon bypolls. As for the effect of his “quitting”, the increased margin of TMC speaks for itself. BJP came third in Bongaon.

The other person who recently resigned from Trinamool is Srinjoy Bose. After being granted bail in in a case related to Saradha scam, he wanted to retire from public life. He not only resigned from TMC and Rajya Sabha but also gave up all his posts in the Mohun Bagan club. He thanked Mamata Banerjee in his resignation letter. It will only take a twisted mind with bucket loads of fertile imagination to even interpret this as a revolt against the party.

The Harvard Professor, Sugata Bose, was given a ticket by Mamata Banerjee and won the LS election. Being an outsider in the political world he often thinks aloud in public. When he calls for decriminalising and cleaning politics, he means all the parties, but media in their own wisdom (?) call this a revolt against Trinamool!!

Another popular gossip that you read in the papers revolves around Subrata Mukherjee. About a decade ago, when he left the party, he failed to make a mark of his own in Bengal politics. Now he continues to hold important position in the party and cabinet. He is very much a part of Trinamool and wishes to continue as one.

Mukul Roy is now media’s favourite child. Studio panels are wonderful entertainers. They can almost read what is going on in Mukul Roy’s mind and spin stories. The daily dose of entertainment provided by the media regarding Mukul can make for a blockbuster tele series.

Trinamool = Mamata

Trinamool is all about Mamata Benerjee. Trinamool workers, supporters, sympathisers patronise the leadership of Mamata Banerjee. There is no hesitation in accepting the fact that Trinamool is a Mamata-centric party and she is Trinamool’s primary identity.

Since inception the party has gione through major upheavals. TMC has seen many ups and downs, good times and bad times. The struggle to uproot a well-organised totalitarian party CPM was never an easy one. Even at its ebb, with 30 MLAs and 1 MP Trinamool did not break down, because it was Mamata Banerjee who carried the identity of the party. The party was born in turbulent times in the late 90’s and have grown in the streets. It is a party of a single woman leading the battle for Bengal in her own way, and people across sections of the society supported her.

Break away leaders have returned to the party or have been decimated by the electorate. Not a single leader who parted ways with TMC has made a mark of his or her own. People, who vote for Trinamool, actually vote for Mamata Banerjee. She is the face of TMC and every single vote is an endorsement of Mamata Di.

Not that organisational masters like Mukul Roy or other leaders, workers, sympathisers are not important, but for Trinamool to disintegrate, Mamata Banerjee has to disintegrate first.

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