WB CM unrepentant on Nandigram: RSS

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New Delhi, Nov 18: Warning that the civil society across the country would reassess and respond to the CPI (M) ''barbarity'' in Nandigram, the RSS today said the incident had taken off the ''urbane mask'' of reformed West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

In a RSS mouthpiece magazine, it said "Mr Bhattacharjee is unrepentant on the bloodbath in Nandigram. So is the CPI(M) politburo. It is not surprising that the Marxists closed their ranks they masterminded the inhuman and heinous brutalities in Nandigram. But it is for the civil society of the country to reassess and respond to the CPI(M) brutality in a befitting manner,'' the paper observed.

For months a section of the media and intellectuals of the country were led to believe that Mr Bhattacharjee was a ''reformed and revisionist crusader in the Marxist ranks''. He was seen as an impatient FDI savvy, promoter of market economy to recover West Bengal from the abysmal morass of the three decades of archiac communist regime that left the state ''barren and deprived''. His spirited defence of ''hooligan cardholding cadre'' has, however, unmasked his urbane sophistry, the magazine said.

Mr Bhattacharjee's remarks that the opponents of his party were rewarded by the CPI(M) cadre in their ''own coin'' had shown how badly the party stood isolated. His own ''red fellow travellers'' consisting of the RSP, Forward Bloc and even the CPI were charging the 'Nandigram blood bath was ''hatched'' by the cadre, aided by police and official apparatus.

The Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government was not imaginative in land acquisitions as some other states also has the baggage of decades of anti-capitalist indoctrination in the state breeding a ''lethargic working class''. It is difficult for the party Bolshieviks to suddenly change the track and find undisputed merit in native and foreign capitalists.

''It is only poetic justice that the CPI(M) is made to face the humiliation by its premeditated and vengeful retaliation shocking the civilised world. A ruling party is bound to protect and defend the hapless villagers but the West Bengal CM is talking as if it was not his duty to protect the non-Marxists but only the red brigade.

The least that was expected of the CPI(M) was an 'unqualified and sincere apology' but this is the last thing the 'arm-chair revolutionaries' of Writers Building are ready to offer,'' the paper lamented.


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