What Bengal Left didn't learn from China
Posted on: 12:45 PM IST Jun 17, 2011 IST
It's actually ironic that I am in China! To understand the enormity of the purpose, you have to be born, bred in West Bengal, my home state in India. I don't live there anymore, but just a month back, I was there to witness history. After 34 years, the world's longest ruling elected Communists were dethroned by a woman whose singular determination to overthrow the Leftists paid off after nearly 2 decades.
In China, officially, they are mum about the comrades biting the dust in India. But some senior and mid-ranking officials of the 'Party' I spoke to in Yunnan (strictly off the record) have one single theory about the downfall: neglecting development of the people and pursuing capitalism in private can cause serious, irreparable damage.
One top ranking official in Kunming claimed that had the Left Front followed the footsteps of Beijing, they would have ruled for another decade at least.
It is indeed satirical to an extent that the Comrades back home would pay their obeisance to their Chinese counterparts at the fall of a hat and yet leave Kolkata and Bengal to suffer in developmental disdain for more than 3 decades.