The Second Singur ‘Rebellion’ by Ma, Mati and Manush

July 29, 2012

A Nonsensical Note from a Reactionary

by Satyabrata Chakraborty

It is rather cruel that Kshamata Banerjee and her cronies have offered some more stuff for fun at the cost of the dispossessed and hungry farmers of Singur. Immediately after the slap by the High Court, two precious gems of the ruling party, reportedly on the advice of Swartha Chatterjee, the Phd-aspirant Mahasachib of the party, staged a ‘c-grade’ jatra on the floor of the assembly. Absolutely irrelevant to the on-going proceedings, Mr. Papas Pal raised a point of order asking for the names of the judges having been allotted land at Rajarhat. To everyone’s amusement, the other gem, Nirhad Dalim, ever-busy in flaunting as a minister (probably himself baffled by such sudden elevation and always apprehensive that people have taken it as a joke), immediately read out a list making it clear even to a baby that the script was pre- (and, as natural, poorly) written. The first name that the minister-gem mentioned was that of Justice P. Ghosh who delivered the verdict against the government some minutes before. This indecent hint of a link between the two reflects extreme disgrace for the judiciary. But who expects graceful manner from such persons!

Maddened with power, Kshamata was suddenly alarmed by this development and called a hurried meeting of the Krishi Jami Raksha Committee she had long forgotten and had systematically thrown the non-TMC elements out of it in order to project that Singur was her solo song. Though committed to the cause of the dispossessed farmers, most of these small organizations and individuals preferred to abstain from the meeting. By now they have possibly discovered the asur having long pretended as Durga! However, the Trinobhojis and aspiring-Trinobhojis attended. (If the buddhijibis (intellectuals) close to the Left Front could be dubbed as buddhajibi (surviving on Buddhadeb), for ‘intellectuals’ regularly or intermittently paid from Trinamool government’s exchequer Trinobhoji should be an apt term, if linguists do not discard it on grammatical ground!)

This grand assembly of the leaders of ‘peasant rebellion’ at the Town Hall — who often recharge their rebellious batteries by the dream of acting, during mid-day nap, in the role of Sidhu, Kanu and Titumir – heroes of peasant rebellion of bygone centuries – resolved to kick-start the movement again — to take the issue from law-court to the people’s court. The compulsions are not difficult to decipher. The great Singur-bluff earned them the Assembly. Exposure of the bluff might cost them the panchayats. Over and above, how would the Kenarams (Kenaram is Kshamata’s man at Singur) live there if such impasse and resultant hunger continue?

Rebellion is sacred. So should be the proposed Second Singur Rebellion! But petty reactionaries have already started raising some nonsensical questions — mostly in social networks because that is the Queen’s latest fad.

Movement against whom?

Against whom will the movement be directed this time? a) Left Front for acquisition of land? But, out of power, it is no longer in a position to return the land. b) Central government for not sacking the LF at the time of acquisition? It would appear ridiculous. c) the President of India who did not give her assent to Mamata’s bill? But it was not sought! d) Ratan Tata for not violating a judicially pronounced unconstitutional law and returning the land to the government without compensation? e) the farmers who received cheques? f) the smaller democratic groups and concerned individuals who had then participated in the movement but now are less than willing after burning their fingers (Shyamolina Chakraborty, Kshamata’s Naxal associate in the Singur and Nandigram movements is still in jail for protesting against another eviction, this time by the netri herself)? g) Justice Pinaki Ghosh for observing constitutional provisions? But he has already left for Hyderabad! h) the advocates who pleaded for the government, obviously Akalyan Banerjee — the Solee Sorabji(!) of TMC being exempted? i) the semi-literate ‘experts’ who had drafted such a weak law and advised Kshamata to go in haste? But Kshamata can never disclose their names! i) against judiciary itself for violation of human rights? But that requires prior confirmation from Bijito Bhadra, the moving Oxfrord Companion to Human Rights. j) against imaginary enemies? The netri herself being a poet-painter and always roaming in company with Bijay Goswami, another great poet with his eyes being never on the people around, ‘honest’ journalists with enviable capacity of ‘making’ news and doing nothing but echoing Their Master’s Voice, Oscar-deserving film directors, actors and actresses and a row of all-time great painters not remembering exactly when they had last used their easels, there should not be much problem in imagining enemies. k) against God — the softest prey always pretending to be both deaf and dumb? The only problem is that agreement on identifying the appropriate enemy from such a long list will take at least four years and nearly forty sessions. Moreover, any decision will require Her consent, and She these days is too busy in noble activities like evicting slum-dwellers from Nonadanga, covering up rape cases and denying farmers’ suicides. Can She spare so much time for Singur? But, then, by the time the target is identified both the panchayat and the parliamentary elections will be over and the assembly elections would be knocking at the door!

Who will lead the movement?

Madam Kshamata already being too preoccupied with the beautification of the city, announcing exotic projects at breakneck speed, transferring upright police officials, roaming with scanners for identifying conspiracies and, of late, posting on the facebook, cannot be expected to lead the movement with regular personal presence. The second-in-command, Sri Goukul Ray may not be that effective. In his last meeting at Singur, he could, reportedly, mobilize only 300 buses and 1500 people! Bibrata Mukherjee’s problem is that from the dharna manch itself he might switch over to the Congress Party. Akalyan Banerjee, one of the most authentic bearers of TMC culture, is firebrand. But he cannot deliver enough publicity because even the paid newspapers may not be very comfortable with Banerjee’s extremely civil lexicon! As already noted, Swartha is too busy with his Ph. d. His further dilemma is that he, reportedly, trembles in Madam’s presence and crumbles in Her absence. He appears to be a good-for-nothing howling guy. Among local leaders, Kenaram Manna’s expertise is, as reported during the First Rebellion, mainly in distributing khichri among the gathering masses. He will make a mess beyond the make-shift kitchen. Kabi babu, on the other hand, is a respected teacher of the old school, and can never be an effective distributor of bluffs that his party thrives in. His being in the TMC seems more of an accident. In the inner circle of the party, he is reported to be treated as an outcast. Outside TMC, Timir Putatunda of the PDS may be both partly capable and fully agreeable because, despite all the honour he was greeted with by Kshamata in recent past, sheer survival instinct is likely to inspire him take any plunge whatsoever. After all, persistence pays. This time, if he can please Her Highness, he may at least be made the pradhan of a Gram Panchayat around Diamond Harbour. But if we think of ‘non-political’ persons enjoying Her full confidence, Bivaprasanna, the ‘great’ painter, will definitely rank first. However, the problem with him is that at the end of the movement, the farmers might discover that their land had slipped into Biva da’s hand, obviously in the ‘public interest’ of setting up another ‘art academy’ to be run by a trust with Biva da as the founder, permanent and sole trustee.

What will be the mode of the movement?

Again, there are several issues. Should there be only occasional rallies and mass meetings? That may not be adequate to keep the flock together, and the rallies will turn thinner quite soon. With the number of cadres declining and the anger of the hungry farmers increasing the likelihood of the processionists experiencing the taste of brooms hurled by desperate women getting neither compensation nor their land back cannot be wished away. Sources report, Kenaram has already become a non-frequenter in some areas of Singur. One way out may be to assign the duty of taking out processions to the Hoogly district police in civil dress but with hidden arms. (After all, as human beings, they are also scared of their own lives.) What about the idea of blocking the Durgapur Expressway till the case is settled by the Supreme Court? Knowledgeable persons say that such settlement should not take more than three/four years! But reactionaries think that by that time there will be only mosquitoes in the dharna manch. A viable alternative may be indefinite fast. After all, last time it proved quite effective. But, then, who will be the sacrificial lamb? Naughty journalists had spotted one member of the last fasting team shopping at Puri after three or four days. Another, belonging to the Socialist Party was, reportedly, badly beaten up before the last Assembly elections by Her non-violent ‘brothers’ though the gentleman accompanied didi in Her ‘fast’. The most effective way would be for Her to go on ‘fast’ again. True, She has to ‘run’ the administration too. But with the divine power at Her disposal She can carry on the ‘fast’ from the Writers’ Buildings itself with – wicked people allege and one ex-TMC MLA has recently written – some more bites of sandwich hyphenated by calorie-disbursing chocolates.

What will be the outcome?

As of now, only God and She know. The problem with God is that He neither speaks nor writes. But She will definitely declare the success of the movement even before it starts. There is, however, one small problem – She has recently vowed not to speak any more (much to the relief of the saner people). So what? Visit her ultimate asylum – the facebook. After all, it does not cost you anything! Only a little bit of patience.

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7 Responses to “The Second Singur ‘Rebellion’ by Ma, Mati and Manush

  1. AMITABHA KAR Says:
    July 29th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Nonsense Mithyabrata Chakar Bakar,
    Be ready to face the music for oral assaulting our Kshamata Didi. We’ll cut u into peices and make a grand feast. It will be a great change because we’re fed up with the dull and stiff flesh of ‘Sindur’ peasants.
    A Blacha of Her Highness.

  2. Som Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 9:51 am

    oh & now you people are concerned about the plight of people of Singur ! They’ve been languishing for such a long time, & in those days you people were busy with the ‘revolution’ in Jangalmahal. & now when there is lack of action in Jangalmahal, your heart is crying for Singur !
    Sob sala sujogsandhanir baccha !

  3. Bonita Aleaz Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Dear Satya,
    The expressions of your genuinely concerned heart are touching; but then I believe you feel for all, rather than just for the comrades. For a change, just for a little while, try thinking out how you can remodel your writing and actually help those in authority , those who anger your organized self so much by their nonaction , or even “stupid actions” try it out and you see all your problems disappear, you will actually sleep soundlessly.
    As for your “SAVE THE MEN SOCIETY” I can only say , I do not want to raise a fresh quarrel with you , but the women are crying out for concerned men like you not to leave their side!

  4. AMITABHA KAR Says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    It appeares from Shree Som’s reaction that as if Satyabrata has rubbed chilli paste in his ash. Satya, your satire is superb and hits the bull’s eye. Tha’s why the licking dogs of Her Highness start barking. To expose the hypocrisy of this lady and unmask her these types of satirical essayes are most poignant weapons. Keep it up.

  5. Som Says:
    August 20th, 2012 at 1:36 am

    @Mr. Amitabha : accept my language was improper in places, but let me ask…..are such ‘satires’ going to solve problem in Singur ? I can’t see the case being solved in court too soon, & the TATAs are by no means leaving without a hefty compensation. & your reply doesn’t answer why so-called ‘progressive’ people didn’t give much attention to the plight of ppl in Singur for so long. Is that becoz unlike Jangalmahal, ppl of Singur kept faith on political parties & not your dear friend Maoists ? And now you’re publishing such articles becoz that faith is dwindling & you’re sensing an opportunity to spread your ideology ?

  6. Saswatam Says:
    August 23rd, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Great write up, I must say! I don’t know what will be the aftermath effects of Kshamata Banerjee and her government after reading and realizing (!!!) the facts written here. For those who seem not to swallow this above piece… I would request them: please let’s learn to see the pieces of actions in a true progressive point of view. Not like those people, who once began their lives with honest ideals but still having hesitated to stell out from their present dormant phase…. like Saatra Basu and Darpita Ghosh…

    Thank you very much Satyabrata Babu!!

  7. AMITABHA KAR Says:
    September 14th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Dear Som, I now can realise your pain and anguish for the plight of the Singur peasants.Please note that the plight of Singur peasants is not an isolated one, it’s linked with that of Jangalmahal, of the Adivasis,dalits of Dandakaranya,Koraput, Nandigram and so on. Your main problem is u r thinking the plight of Singur isolating from the rest of Bharatvarsha.
    Let us hupothetically think that Singur embraced the Tata Nano project. Peasants got a satisfactory(?) compensatoion and lost their land. Then how long are they able to survive with that amount of compensation? Past experiences show that only 0.5%(that too an optimistic estimation) of the local population will be highly benefitted from this type of industrialisation, 5-10% moderately, 10% marginally and rest population will become pauper with in a few years and completely perish from their ancestral place. We, the educated well-to-do urban professionals with an average 50-60 thousand monthly bugs shall stamp on the fertile land then covered with concrete jungle. So the plight of the majority Singur would remain same – Nano or not Nano.
    The Singur peasant masses were the pioneer of the struggle lodged to dislodge the 34 yrs. misrule of Left Front. That is the positive side of Singur struggle. Where did u get the idea from that the so-called progressive people didn’t pay much attention to the plight of Singur people so long? It is your pure subjective idea “is that because unlike J-mahal,ppl of Singur kept faith on political parties & not your dear friend Maoists?” Much before publishing this article, the progressive people started campaigning for the cause of Singur peasant.The CPI(ML)Liberation group led demonstrations more than once and they are not Maoists. Please note that the plight of Singur is no less than that of Nonadanga’s evicted slum dwellers and both are linked together. It is a great delight to me that u discover maoist ideology in this satirical article. Be careful, Madam Didi may opt such types of fertile brains like yours in her Vairav Vahini.
    The writer of this article is not going to solve the problem of Singur. He had not taken that contract. His sole and basic intention is to expose the hypocricy of this paranoid tyrant lady. For this he had picked up the Singur Issue. That’s all.
    Not a single essay, or a few demonstrations or several armed classes with the state repressive force can solve the plight of the Bharatiya toiling masses including Singur peasants. The emancipation of the opressed masses depends on the long,long protracted struggle combining all forms of legal and illegal struggles. There is no shortcut way.
    “Suchetana, Ei pathe alo jwele ekdin manusher kramamukti habe.
    Se anek janmer manishir kaj.”
    [ Oh my conscience, step by step the mankind’ll one day emancipate itself marching through this kindled path -
    The endevour of great souls of countless generations.}

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