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Whose Semi-Fascism?

Ishita Mukhopadhyay’s article “Moving towards Semi-Fascism in West Bengal” (EPW, 26 May 2012), on the first year of a right-of-centre government is impoverished in theory as well as in its politics. The portrayal of the state of affairs remains flat, and full of oft-repeated jargon. Unfortunately, the branding of the present regime as “semi-fascist” or one that is inclined towards semi-fascism betrays her own ideological underpinnings! Each of the examples that she sites to buttress her case can also be shown to have been perpetrated, many times over, in different forms by the Left Front in West Bengal when they were in power.

When a Marxist economist utters a term she is expected to be rigorous in the meaning, implication, and application of that particular phrase in the given context. In other words, it has to be historical. Nowhere in the text had she elaborated why she confers this attribute on the present regime.

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