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Buddhadev BhattacharyaSubscribe to Buddhadev Bhattacharya

Uneasy Convergence of Left and Right?

The ruling Left in West Bengal tends to converge with the ruling Right at the centre in pursuing - half-heartedly though - the amoral agenda of economic liberalisation.

West Bengal: Untenable Umbrage

West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had reason to complain that his state did not get the praise it deserved from the prime minister during the latter's recent visit to Kolkata for the shining example it had set in maintaining communal harmony, in contrast to the shameful happenings in Gujarat. But there was no need for him to take umbrage at the prime minister's advice to the state to do more on the economic front to regain the leading position it had once held in the country.

Left Front Win in West Bengal

A far-reaching consequence of long Left Front rule has been the manner in which debate and discussion have been made subservient to the CPI(M) party line with the result that to mount any critique of entrenched positions is difficult due to the lack of space for autonomous thinking. The challenge from Saifuddin Chowdhury's Party for Democratic Socialism, its organisational weakness notwithstanding, has perhaps provoked the beginning of some changes within the CPI(M) and the LF. Buddhadev Bhattacharya alluded to this in the run-up to the elections. Whether the substantial issues are addressed or swept under the carpet yet again after the LF victory remains to be seen, but in the long run the CPI(M) has to come to terms with the changing conceptual prisms through which it has habitually viewed the world.

West Bengal : Licence to Kill?

By giving the police force the licence to kill at will, West Bengal's new chief minister, Buddhadev Bhattacharyya, has transgressed the nation's Constitution and violated his oath of office.
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