Sunday, August 08, 2010

Swami Agnivesh welcomes Maoist support

Lalgarh, Aug 9 (IBNS) If the Maoists are supporting a democratic rally in Lalgarh there is nothing more welcoming than this, said social activist and politician Swami Agnivesh, who arrived here on Monday to participate in the anti-terror rally of Trinamool Congress chief and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee.

When he presented the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award to Swami Agnivesh in 2004, India's Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh said, "There is no endeavour to enlarge social justice within the country and in the wider world in which he is not in the forefront, be it the ending of bonded labour and child labour of all kinds, or the enforcement of equal rights for women. He has been an eloquent champion of the poorer peoples rights in this age of rapid globalisation and also of environmental protection. But above all it is in the fight against religious fundamentalism and the growth of communal hatred that Swami Agnivesh has made his greatest contribution."

IMO: Hm...... Obviously social justice is a fine aim and we must hope that Didi's rally leads to useful results.

Swami Agnivesh , 70, said “If they (the Maoists) are supporting a democratic rally, nothing like this. They are coming half way. I welcome the process,” said the leader trying to persuade the Maoists to embrace the national mainstream. “I have said that things will not solve by bullets, but by talks. If violence continues the real issues will not come to the table.”

Swami Agnivesh said he was happy that even Maoist military strategist Kishenji supported the rally. “I am very keen that Kishanji and all followers come forward.”

Railway minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is holding her much-publicized rally in the Maoist hotbed of Lalgarh on Monday amid raging controversy over the support of the rebels to the gathering.

IMO: All this may at least help Trinamool Congress and help to put paid to the clunky CPI(M). A lot could be said about West Bengal at the moment, which I would find it hard to add to but as the saying goes, these are certainly interesting times in West Bengal. One could only wish the Taliban were as reasonable in Afghanistan.

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