Friday, April 22, 2011

West Bengal

KOLKATA: Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat on Thursday said the WikiLeaks disclosure in The Hindu of the U.S. cables about American diplomats suggesting that the Trinamool Congress be cultivated showed that Washington wants the party to win the ongoing Assembly elections in West Bengal. “The cable shows that the United States is very clear about where they stand. As far as the elections here are concerned, they would very much like to see the Trinamool Congress in government and they would very much like to see Mamata Banerjee as Chief Minister,” Mr. Karat told journalists.

IMO: Hm.., Trinamool is obviously a sensible choice, and possibly the best available for Bengal and thereabouts. At the same time, US support these days just not necessarily enthuse one. Didi has frequently been warned by her left-wing friends that any success may be temporary and lead to revolt and confusion. CPI(M) undoubtedly did good work years ago and it would be a pity if Didi tries to reverse some of the good deeds that Buddha has done. But IMO neither Didi nor Buddha are coping well with the so-called "free economy" which is not always favored by the poor. Land problems are a difficulty to all. And I have to say I wondered where some of the money Didi got has come from. Maybe now we know.

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