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'Same Side Goal' Politics

West Bengal’s New Brand Image?

The people of West Bengal want to live with security and dignity and desire the fulfilment of basic needs and amenities in everyday life. There are too many pressing issues in the state waiting to get the attention of authorities. Unfortunately, it seems that the powers that be are playing a thankless and self-destructive game of "same side goal".

Politics is widely known to have produced a bewildering variety of actions and reactions. Could West Bengal remain far behind? Considering the trends towards what we would prefer to describe as the “same side goal” politics in the state, one can assert that it cannot. It is common knowledge that politics in West Bengal has a reasonably long and diverse heritage. Bengal politics was a major guiding force in the freedom movement in late colonial India. Since the Partition of India in 1947, the western part of Bengal, which remained with India, has continued to produce a variety of reputed leaders, committed activists and intense movements of differing ideological hues. They might have their respective limitations for which the state had to bear the cost, but it never had a situation like the one it has today – politics guided by the same side goal instinct.

Backdrop of Negativity

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