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On Nandigram-III

Prabhat Patnaik has argued that the tragedy of Nandigram is an outcome of the neoliberal policy of corporate industrialisation being imposed upon the country and on all the states. He has stated categorically that the “West Bengal government of course may be faulted for not having protested against this imposition”. But, at the same time, he has warned that the neoliberal intellectuals have no moral right to attribute the Nandigram tragedy to the “so-called ‘Stalinist’ methods of the CPI(M)”.

Patnaik’s polemic against the neoliberal policy is based on valid arguments. But, the problem lies elsewhere. His strong critique of the “neoliberal intellectuals” does not have much relevance in the context of Nandigram. In fact, the state atrocities in Nandigram are being criticised by different shades of political opinion and civil society organisations, all of whom should not be stigmatised as “neoliberal intellectuals”.

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