The great Bengali intellectual and leader Mr Buddhadev Bhattacharjee (Chief Minister, Culture Minister and Police Minister all rolled into one) has blessed us once again with some profound pronouncements.
Opposing the forced land acquisition in Singur (for Tata Motors’ small car plant) will send wrong signals to investors, he has said.
He is quite right. Protesting this flagrant violation of basic norms of governance and democracy will send signals to investors that, for instance:
the people value their source of livelihood and dignity, and will resist moves to marginalise them;
the people value the rule of law and expect transparency, good governance;
the public has a right to know;
the lives and aspirations of the poor, low-income and marginalised are as important as the dreams of fixers, brokers, real-estate sharks and capitalists;
the totalitarian goon brigade that the CPI(M) in West Bengal is today still has to contend with people’s protests and resistance;
the talk about “resurgent Bengal” is all puff, with the flyovers, condominiums, malls and multiplexes in "arrived" Calcutta camouflaging mass poverty and all-round stagnation.
Thank you great leader! We wait with bated breath for your next bestowal of pearls of wisdom.