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Rationale of Singur Action

So many columns and editorials in business dailies have been devoted to condemning the political action spearheaded by the Trinamool Congress in Singur.People tend to see the impact of the Singur impasse on industry, while ignoring the genuine concerns of farmers. They also do not care to examine the underlying causes for why there is always strong opposition by the community to land acquisition by the State for industrial or infrastructural development.

First of all, political action comprises all tools to attain valued things. In the Singur case, land is the most valued thing that the people are struggling for. And the Trinamool Congress as a political party is merely articulating and aggregating the interests of the peasants. By espousing the cause of the peasants, the party may get a good number of seats in the forthcoming elections and may eventually wrest power in West Bengal from the Left parties. So what is wrong with the policies of the Trinamool Congress?

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