Friday, May 13, 2011

End of an era

The challenges Mamata will be facing while running the Bengal government are large. First among them is to put an end to the bloodletting in the districts. Second is the financial morass that Bengal is steeped into. These two are a major hurdle to her development vision. And third, Mamata has to tackle the Maoist threat in Jangalmahal and also the adivasis and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in the Hills.

IMO: Buddha had tried to modernise the CPI(M) movement and so far has failed. The idea of supporting the Tatas sounded great on paper - the G.E. classical business approach which had worked so well - for its time - in Pimpri/Cinchwad. But times are changing and a great-sounding Port Sunlight sounded all right but the heavihandedness needed - whilst barely acceptable in last century's Pune - was not favored in the present century's socialist Bengal. The regime did need changing and it has to be hoped that CPI(M) may pull up it socks and once more live up to its ideals, without descending to dubious capitalist measures. Anyway, now it is Didi's chance and let us hope for the best. If handled well, Maoism may turn out to be not a fault but a feature. I doubt it, though.

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