Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Turmoil in Nandigram

Background of the controversy:

Nandigram SEZ controversy, which caused the Nandigram massacre, started when the West Bengal government decided that the Salim Group of Indonesia would set up a chemical hub under the SEZ policy at Nandigram.

The villagers took over the administration of the area and all the roads to the villages were cut off. The administration was directed to break the Bhumi Ucched Protirodh Commitee's (BUPC) resistance at Nandigram and a massive operation with at least 3,000 policemen was launched on March 14, 2007. However, prior information of the impending action had leaked out to the BUPC who amassed a crowd of roughly 2,000 villagers at the entry points into Nandigram with women and children forming the front ranks. In the resulting mayhem, at least 14 people were killed.

Few journalists were able to access the area, with their access being restricted by 'checkposts' manned by CPI(M) party cadre; two belonging to a news channel were briefly abducted.

Brutal Communists:

Though such a turn of events was not entirely unexpected, the scale of the action left the state stunned. Trinamool Congress estimates put the toll at 50. PWD minister Kshiti Goswami of the RSP, a Left Front constituent, said 50 bodies were taken to hospital, but it was impossible to ascertain how many were actually dead. In response to this, The CPM party has also stated that 2,500 CPM members and supporters and their families were driven out of the area and displaced into relief camps as a result of unrest. It has accused the Jami Raksha Committee - a coalition of activists from various parties who oppose land acquisition - of armed attacks on relief camps which led to three deaths as well as a series of murders and a gangrape.

Recent Update:

A fresh round of violence came up in November 2007. On November 12, 2007, the National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to the West Bengal Government directing it to submit a factual report on the conditions prevailing in Nandigram.

Communists have once again put up their ugly heads in brutally repressing popular opinion. Since Democracy and Communism go in opposite directions, Communists donot understand nor read people's opinion or thought. If they have planned something, they will do it, come what may. This has proved beyond doubt throughout the history of Communism.

I always have a doubt. Does India require Communism ?? Time will tell.

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