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Didi in Wonderland!
« on: March 02, 2012, 05:26:57 PM »

Didi in Wonderland!

In Alice in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts is fond of the game of croquet, where the balls are hedgehogs and the mallets are flamingoes. And, "The Queen had only one way of settling all difficulties, great or small. 'Off with his head!' she said, without even looking around."

In Bengal's political wonderland, Queen Didi is better off: she has two ways of getting around all difficulties. Uncomfortable things like crib deaths in hospitals or rape-and-battery cases are either shajano, staged, or chakranto, conspiracies. All this staging and conspiracy are supposedly the work of a defanged CPI(M).

Between shajano and chakranto, Didi has found time to order Kolkata to be painted blue with her MPs' development funds. She chose the colour herself: blue stands for the sky, which reflects the aspirations of Bengal. Now, Bengal aspires that strikes and bandhs, which were Didi's modes of expression when out of power, become taboo after she became Queen.

A bandh called by the Left this week had to be opposed by the government and it was, in wonderland way: Didi told all government employees if they didn't report for work on the day of the bandh, it would mean a break from service. So, Bengal's babus, fearing traffic disruptions on the day of the bandh, slept at office the previous night, to wake up to another busy day of tea and gossip :D.

Buses and vehicles plied the roads, but empty, because those who had a choice, stayed indoors. As is common in wonderland, TV crews or journalists who went about their job that day were beaten mercilessly by Trinamool goons, while the police dawdled. And the Queen declared that a popular Bangla news channel, which had backed her to the hilt before elections in 2009 and 2011, was now to be shunned for it was, ahem, now under the control of the CPI(M)!

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/opinion/the-endless-topsy-turvy-saga-of-west-bengal-politics/articleshow/12105280.cms
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Re: Didi in Wonderland!
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2012, 05:31:18 PM »

I am neither a commie nor a Didi fan.
But when the commies ruled West Bengal for over 30 years, I too thought that someone else deserves a chance.
Didi unfortunately seems paranoid about the CPM party............any mishap that happens in WB is quickly blamed upon them................. :(
Bengal needs effective policing.........nobody gives a damn about the image or the lack of it, of any political party!
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Re: Didi in Wonderland!
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2012, 10:27:55 AM »

Why Mamata might forfeit the trust vote soon
Minhaz Merchant
04 March 2012, 06:16 AM IST

The irony couldn’t be crueller. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee took office after 34 years of Left Front governments on a singular platform : ending the state’s descent into lawlessness. Instead, West Bengal has witnessed a spike in the worst kind of crime: rape. Compounding this disgrace, the chief minister remains in denial, accusing the victims of conspiracy and fabrication.

A society is judged by the way it treats its women. On that principle, Banerjee has sullied West Bengal’s cosmopolitan, inclusive and sophisticated culture by allowing violence against women to go unpunished — and unrepented. Banerjee’s bizarre stand has emboldened criminals in the state. Instead of making an example of the accused by fast-tracking their cases in special courts, the chief minister may just have given them an alibi.

Unsurprisingly, Banerjee’s reaction has led to copycat crimes against women across the state. Had the CM taken a strong stand, the right stand, and the lawful stand, many of these crimes could have been deterred. Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) provides a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for rape. An amendment is pending to make the crime non-bailable until disposal of the case. This amendment now assumes even greater urgency.

The usual ploy to defend rape is to blame the victim. Three pretexts are used. First, location (what was she doing there so late at night?). Second, clothes (provocative outfits attract unwanted attention). Three, alcohol (she was drinking). All three “justifications” are nonsense. The problem with rape is not women; it’s men. Women in every society must have the freedom to travel, dress and socialise according to the norms they set for themselves. Even if they exceed those norms, society has self-correcting mechanisms.

Banerjee’s attitude raises other issues as well. We await the outcome on Tuesday of the five state assembly elections. Whatever the results, one fact is certain: nearly a third of the elected MLAs in these five states will have criminal charges pending against them, including murder, extortion and – yes – rape. In the current West Bengal assembly too, over 30% of MLAs face criminal charges.

Senior leaders across the political spectrum spin two arguments in their defence. First, that political parties are compelled to give tickets to candidates with criminal records because “winnability” is what counts. Second, that the voter is partly to blame for electing candidates with criminal backgrounds. The first argument is a damning self-indictment of the political class. If you can’t win fair, then win foul is perverse logic.

The second argument is worse. In constituency after constituency in — for instance — Uttar Pradesh, all the four major parties (the Congress, SP, BSP and BJP) have given tickets to candidates facing criminal charges. Here are six examples: Mehdawal, Katra Bazar, Padrauna, Mahasi, Bhinga and Mohammadabad. In all six constituencies, voters were confronted with a choice between criminally-charged candidates from the Congress, SP, BSP and BJP. The voter had little choice but to vote for a criminal or a marginal party’s candidate. In effect, his vote was subverted. The profile of dozens of thuggish MLAs elected to the five state assemblies next week will reveal the depths to which our electoral politics has sunk.

When our legislatures house so many lawbreakers, justice for the weakest sections of society becomes a collateral victim. And make no mistake: the primary victims of the recent spate of rapes in West Bengal are the state’s most vulnerable: poor, underage and physically challenged. As the senior partner in the UPA government, the Congress party’s complicit silence over the West Bengal CM’s denial of crimes against women is symptomatic of its credo: power above principle. The party finally broke its silence mid-week, asking the West Bengal government to “take seriously” governor M K Narayanan’s concerns about the incidents of rape across the state. Too little, too late? There was a sniff of realpolitik rather than real concern for the general collapse of law and order in a state where the Congress is a part of the Trinamool-led government.

An organisation is as good as its top leadership. The ultimate responsibility for the serial scams in the UPA government lies with Congress president Sonia *hi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. They have the power; they must be held accountable. By the same principle —and it is a principle upheld in every civilised society — the ultimate responsibility for the burgeoning number of crimes against women in West Bengal rests with Mamata Banerjee. She must act swiftly and firmly against the offenders or risk forfeiting the trust of the people who elected her to serve them.


http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/headon/entry/why-mamata-might-forfeit-the-trust-vote-soon
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Re: Didi in Wonderland!
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2012, 07:31:20 PM »

I am neither a commie nor a Didi fan.
But when the commies ruled West Bengal for over 30 years, I too thought that someone else deserves a chance.
Didi unfortunately seems paranoid about the CPM party............any mishap that happens in WB is quickly blamed upon them................. :(
Bengal needs effective policing.........nobody gives a damn about the image or the lack of it, of any political party!

Yes.She has already proven to be a very bad administrator after the mess she has left Indian Railways in - worst loss making PSU after Air India. And this after, even a Lalu had brought it to profit and fame (in Harvard curriculum).
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