Friday, December 15, 2006

People's resistance in Singur

A paramedic treating a villager on fast in
protest against the Tata car project at a
camp in Calcutta.

A team from the Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samity (West Bengal Farm Workers Association) visited Singur on 6 December 2006, to ascertain the present situation there.

Download their report here.

Read the article "The Left in Singur and Capitalist Globalization" by Kunal Chattopadhyay here.

Read Kunal Chattopadhyay's article on the drive to authoritarianism.

Meanwhile, it is time for all those critical of the forcible land acquisition in Singur to also look at:

(a) the land acquisition that has taken place in recent years in the Rajarhat / New Town area. A large number of those displaced and facing rapid destitution are Muslim. There has been an ominous silence on this front; and

(b) the huge programme of land acquisition on behalf of the Indonesian Salem group that is now going to begin.

Read Bibekananda Ray’s 2-part article in The Statesman on land acquisition and food security in West Bengal here and here.

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