ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Malini Bhattacharya

Whose Land? Evictions in West Bengal

In the initial months of governance by the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, attempts appear to have been made to begin subverting the positive results of the land reform programme of the Left Front. What is happening appears to be the inevitable outcome of political rivalry, the hegemonic rule of one party giving place to another, with the citadel of power changing its colour, making the "red" one "green". But a contextual reading of the situation may reveal its more sinister implications that are going to have an impact on land relations in the state as a whole in the long run.

The Lalgarh Story

The Lalgarh story is far more complicated than made out by some urban intellectual groups who have argued the case for the People's Committee against Police Atrocities (more commonly known as the PSBJC), which has found itself in an opportunistic alliance with the Maoists. While the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has indeed failed to fully address the many expectations of the adivasis of the area, the Maoists and the PSBJC have shown that their own agenda is one of exercising control.

Nandigram and the Question of Development

While ill-founded rumours of many kinds contributed to the build-up of tension in Nandigram, there is no question that the people of the area had genuine fears of what industrialisation and the associated displacement held out for them if a special economic zone was established in the area. These concerns have taken a new dimension in the context of the countrywide agrarian crisis which has had an impact on West Bengal as well.