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Intellectuals and Nandigram

The letter ‘On Nandigram’, March 31, signed by a number of well known academics and activists makes both interesting and disturbing reading.

While the letter repeatedly talks of the “Left” and the “Left Front”, it very skilfully tries to ignore the crucial fact that in the context of Nandigram the CPI(M) is isolated within the Left Front. The CPI, Forward Bloc and the RSP, all the three other major LF partners, have repeatedly gone public condemning the actions taken by the state government in Nandigram. They had even submitted a five-point charter demanding, inter alia, unequivocal condemnation of the police action. In the LF meeting on March 17, however, the CPI(M) stoutly resisted these demands. Eventually, an eight-point declaration was issued very much diluting the demands made by the allies and incorporating some measures to restrain them from critiquing the CPI(M) and the government in public.

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