Mamata, Modi and the battle for Bengal


That Indian politics has grow to be a vaudeville is fine exemplified via West Bengal leader minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chairperson Mamata Banerjee. What is a pacesetter of her stature, a chief minister to boot, doing stomping out of her car and dangerous a collection of humans shouting Jai Shri Ram?

The latest choice to ban the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from removing victory processions paints Didi extra as a petulant baby-kisser sulking after an electoral hiding instead of a competent administrator.

The struggle of postcards that BJP and TMC have threatened on every other suggests how puerile politics has end up inside the nation. Mamata has said her birthday celebration could ship 20 lakh postcards with Jai Bangla and Jai Hind written on them in response to the BJP’s 10 lakh Jai Shri Ram postcards.

Union minister and a BJP MP from West Bengal Babul Supriyo has jumped into the fray threatening to flood Mamata Banerjee’s mailbox with Get Well playing cards. And there is more to come: Some sadhus from Varanasi have promised to send copies of Shri Ramcharitmanas to Didi.

Amid some of these posturing and nose-thumbing the news of Rs 380 price to priests at Kolkata’s crematoriums in line with cremation were given buried. This selection is in continuation of the appeasement politics that Mamata Banerjee has been accused of. Remember the decision to pay imams and muezzins an honorarium? That decision changed into luckily squashed by means of the Calcutta High Court in 2013.

It is surprising that Mamata Banerjee is losing her political nous and playing proper into the palms of Narendra Modi-Amit Shah’s recreation plan. Noted filmmaker Aparna Sen, an early Mamata Banerjee supporter, has said that together with her knee-jerk reactions Mamata is digging her own grave. And that is a broadly held view.


Mamata Banerjee must step lower back and reflect on how and why BJP made such deep inroads into West Bengal. In the space of five years the saffron celebration has made large strides in the japanese country — from two seats (2014 LS elections) to 18 (2019 LS elections) out of a total forty two seats in West Bengal. BJP’s vote percentage in the state has also seen an incremental bounce: 17.02 according to cent (in 2014) to 40.25 consistent with cent (in 2019).

Which essentially way that West Bengal is now ripe for BJP’s polarisation politics. Mamata by way of announcing, “Joh humse takraiga, woh choor choor ho jayega” [anybody who opposes us will be shattered] – this was said at an Eid feature in Kolkata on June 5 – is assisting consolidate the Hindu vote. Denizens at Delhi’s 6A Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg are rubbing their arms in glee.

For decades Bengalis have hung on to their secular credentials — skinny maybe, however nevertheless secular. Memories of a land misplaced are nevertheless alive among many Bengali Hindus. A land that turned into fertile, with groves and ponds… All left in the back of throughout Partition. Religious polarisation in Bengal simmers just below the surface. And Mamata Banerjee’s overt appeasement of Muslims has pretty much sprinkled salt over barely healed wounds.

On being asked approximately coddling Muslims, her retort — “Je goru doodh dei taar lathi khete raji achhi” [roughly translated to “Am willing to be kicked by the cow that gives milk”] has riled many.

But Mamata can’t play the polarisation card. She would be on very skinny ice. Instead she have to convey lower back the doughty-Bengali-female-taking-on-the-world character. In this example her villain have to be those Hindi-talking goons. If she stokes Bengali chauvinism in opposition to the Hindutva of North India there might be takers. Just examine how Trinamool fared inside the Lok Sabha seats in Kolkata and neighbouring areas publish-desecration of a Vidyasagar statue.’
West Bengal’s chief minister should also take a look at how to create jobs in the country. All the ones Bengal Global Business Summits make true headlines. In this yr’s version the country acquired Rs 2.Eighty four lakh crore really worth of investment proposals, in line with wire provider IANS. How an awful lot of this can trickle right down to create infrastructure to electricity increase stays to be visible.

Manufacturing is not going to take off in West Bengal. Big industries want land. And this is in brief supply. With an area of 88,752 squarekm, West Bengal is one of the smaller states within the united states of america. Moreover the land is fertile, usually giving 3 plants a 12 months. Difficult to convince agriculturalists to sell their land for constructing factories.

Instead what Mamata has performed, and she must consciousness extra on it, is to encourage medium, small and micro enterprises (MSMEs). In its trendy document, the MSME ministry says there are 8.86 mn MSME gadgets in Bengal, 2nd only to Uttar Pradesh. Young people busy setting up their very own little corporations would be the perfect foil for any rhetoric based on religion.

Kolkata during the last decade and more has become the hub of medical tourism – specifically from neighbouring Bangladesh. According to Technopak, a representative, the number of clinical vacationers is predicted to be 24 lakh via 2020 and is possibly to upward push to forty nine lakh by 2025. Medical tourism is a dawn sector, and Mamata should harness Bengal’s critical place and Kolkata’s connectivity.