Lolita, ask ‘her’ to leave today

See I want to permanently return to Kolkata after 2 years. And if Didi is still the Chief Minister, I shudder to believe what will be the consequences. Bengalis are known to lateback, their dna is full of indolence but brains morphed with politics.

The intellectual class mostly believes she is unbearable. True she is. Though I necessarily never subscribe to the propaganda of the ABP- Mamata has creates her own pitfalls. 

Bengalis have a rich past, a rich present and a hopefully a bright future. But what if talented Bengalis help a Maharashtra or a Karnataka increase its GDP as their home state lie high and dry?

In a recent interview in an election rally in Kolkata, she was being quizzed by the NDTV triumvirate- Shekhar Gupta, Dorab Sopariwala and the Probashi thespian Prannoy Roy. There was no connect between the questions thrown and the answers given.

The situation appears morbidly grim as most political commentators are clueless about the choice of the voters this time around. There is no clear cut picture which has led Mamata lose her senses altogether.

A Chief Minister must at least show grace even if she fails to qualify as a bhadromohila by middle class standards. A question was asked about the prospects of the BJP in these elections. But she in return talked about the ‘nuisance'(a word she is in love with it seems as she repeated it half a dozen times) of the Election Commission and the BJP government at the centre.

She has always been whimsical- a reason why the educated middle class never took her seriously. A polemical view of her administrative skills while she was the Railways minister today has fallen flat on the face. Mention I must, the facade of her great administrative skills was a manufactured product of the media only.

Jobs cannot be created by the brethrens of extortionists, by the partners of those who believe in the departmentalazation of bribery- from the Chokdas to the top notch ministers.

She dreamt of making Kolkata, an alter ego of London. What in return she has given the city is the worst example of colonial slavery. A highly discernible copy of Big Ben stands near New Town. Madame Tussauds has opened its office in the city only to reincarnate the Chief Minister’s idol.

The Left-Congress will go down in history as an awkward pair who tried to re-establish what vulnerability and fear can do to political parties. But who knows this is the best chance Bengal has in its path of revival.

Bengal must own up the model thrown by South Indian states where anti incumbency becomes so extreme every 5 years that a poriborton seems imminent.

The myth that a government with a huge mandate can guarantee political stability has not stood the test of time. The Left till 2011 had quite a comfortable majority. But the 3.5 decades of left rule saw infinite political deaths which cannot be chroniclised factually.

Who knows perhaps, a government with a slender majority, with a tight noose will face the greater pressure to deliver. As Kerala according to many has achieved stupendous success under Chandy, because the Congress was just past the halfway mark in the Legislative Assembly.

Till then lets hope, the new government can arrest this brain drain- otherwise the student speacials to Pune or Hyderabad or Bengaluru will not stop.  


Calcutta Varsity and debarred Bengal….

The scammer and the platter plies through our ears- a university with national accolades baying into the dooms of fiefdom of a particular political party. The Calcutta University was a prodigy with immense fame, great name and huge stellar. The coveted pasta of being the VC of such an institution is a hot baked cake for any individual to enjoy. The contours of controversies regarding the University is not unknown though. And the first week of July itself has proved how Mamata Banerjee is just an even extreme form of political goonies. She talks about Nazrul,she controls the goons and occasionally feels a lust towards the Kolkata Mayor’s hip as she pushes the man into the blue elitist, swimming pool. The CM’s misogynist tenors towards a rape victim ridicules humanity althoughshe does come out strongly for Tapas Pal-a coffee bred black bug on the same grounds.The sensuality with which a bunch of actors and actresses (btw many perhaps are not acquainted with the word acting) cheerlead the CM, loath the art of sycophancy to the extreme. Many modern superstars today have become Member of Parliaments. But the great comedy of Bengali fate does not end here, rather it only awaits a new commencement. The SFI has for long ruled the corridors of power management with little empathy towards academics. Ritabrata Bhattacharya’s wise wisdom on Chitmahals, will prove to be a bit futile if he considered his political alma mater’s gusto towards adversaries. However the doom that seems to have settled in Bengal and its education may put Laloo-vian stereo-typism to shame. The candour with which Sugata Bose reprimanded the incident in Calcutta University seems to paint the dominance of good wisdom-but let’s come to him separately later on.
The Trinamool Chaatra Parishaad born out of the Congress like its mother organisation has now brought 90% of the colleges in Kolkata under its control. Its dominance is self-pervading as the main opposition of the TMCP in most colleges is not the ABVP or the SFI, but groupism and factionalism within the party of the Prince who yells at the enemies and threatens to gobble up their eyes. A wannabe cannibal? Hopefully Abhishek Banerjee is not an enthusiastic Robinson Street teetotaller. The matter of the fact remains that as the entire country has least expectations from their erstwhile Railways Minister to develop Bengal, the idea of rapid violence and over that the limited resources of accountability of the opposition ideologues has exposed the TMC to massive mandates.
Suranjan Das is a man not to be shot at. Rather,he and his tentative position is something with which even Majid Master should empathise with. He has been the Vice Chancellor of the prestigious Calcutta University,from the days of the Left. An alumni of the prestigious South Point High School, Kolkata he has written about the “Great Calcutta Killing” of 1946. He is known to be a non-controversial personality-someone who is not tied by the strings of Communist hangover nor by the charms of the big bucks of the present establishment. The way he and his fellow colleagues were “roughed” up by the TMCP outsiders with inside knowledge reminds all of us about the incident of Presidency University a few years back when the gatekeeper of the erstwhile Hindu College was held guilty.
The works,activities as well as the extra constitutional authority of Mamata-ian kids were overlooked by the Education Minister who was referred to as a bear by Congress leader Arunava Ghosh. Even then the Education Minister proposed a number of theories including a thesis on the College’s bow. This time too, Partha Chatterjee has dismissed the entire incident calling it a presstitutional makeover. A P.H.D degree later in his life seems to have not helped the Minister’s little accountability. Shankudeb Panda, TMCP boss has made provocative statements against the professors whom he still believes feed on Moscow-vian broccoli.
Sugata Bose,a member of Netaji’s family is now a TMC MP like his mother Krishna Bose. But his gentle demeanour betrays his Harvard professionalism. He is one of those plywoods who deserve a bit more fire in his belly to fight the cynics within his party. He is known to have contacted Suranjan Das, perhaps to convey his condolences to his tribesman. Ronald Ross, an alumni and Nobel Laureate of CU must be turning in his grave as Jadavpur and Calcutta portray one thing in common-that of radical posturing and violent Pandora-so common towards a decaying and eroding Bengal….