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An Uncertain Smile

Atulya Ghosh recently told reporters in Bombay that he had been “amused” by Humayun Kabir's recent letter to the Congress President, indicating his resignation from the party after about 30 years of active association with the organisation.It may well be that Kabir dramatised his Congressmanship a bit; those references to murderous attacks from Muslim Leaguers and all that.

Atulya Ghosh recently told reporters in Bombay that he had been “amused” by Humayun Kabir's recent letter to the Congress President, indicating his resignation from the party after about 30 years of active association with the organisation.It may well be that Kabir dramatised his Congressmanship a bit; those references to murderous attacks from Muslim Leaguers and all that. As Ghosh was quick to point out, Kabir had once also flirted with the Krishak Mazdoor Praja Party.There is a view that the nationalist Muslims, including Humayun Kabir, have done rather well for themselves.So have many nationalist Hindus, including Atulya Ghosh.But none of these personal equations, or perhaps we are thinking of unequations, will dispose of the very serious charges Kabir has laid against the West Bengal State Congress; these are not amusing. Kabir has said that the party apparatus has been captured by an unscrupulous coterie interested only in retaining itself in power, that the basic Congress ideals of democracy, secularism and socialism have been thrown to the winds. It may be as well that Atulya Ghosh, “amused”, attempted no detailed refutation of Kabir's charges.

Dear Complacency 
The exchange has, however, brought home the fact that the election campaign in West Bengal is on.Kabir may have been speaking in Hyderabad or Madras and Atulya Ghosh in Bombay; both were thinking of the voter back in Bengal. His mood, usually unpredictable is an enigma wrapped in a riddle which many parties are right now engaged in unwrapping. Kabir has pronounced the Congress's defeat certain; Ghosh smiled and said he had heard such things before. How certain was the smile? 

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