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Sunday, January 17, 2010

"If you seek his monument, look around"

As someone who grew up in Calcutta and witnessed the beginnings of its long-term decline, I find it difficult to lionise Jyoti Basu.

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Whatever his personal inclinations, he was the public face of a socially regressive movement that destroyed Bengal's age-old refinement. He led the mob that made the Bengali coarse.

Even these could have been overlooked had he left West Bengal in a better state than when he first assumed charge in 1967 (remember that he was the driving force behind the United Front governments of 1967 and 1969). He unleashed forces that caused the complete destruction of Bengal's manufacturing industry.

He killed the work ethic in Bengal. He helped make Bengalis a tribe of the permanently aggrieved.

Mamata Bannerjee is his true successor. She will complete his unfinished agenda of destruction.

POSTSCRIPT: There are however some endearing qualities about Jyoti Basu the man. He was a politician of unimpeachable personal integrity. He was also simple in his lifestyle, without being either austere or a humbug. I particularly admired his inability to cast off his innate fascination for England. He traveled there most summers since 1977, ostensibly to attract foreign investment--an useful euphemism for just chilling.

16 comments:

Parv Kaushik said...

liked the pun in the post... only thing i can say is :dark humour!!

Rightist said...

Swapan Ji ....Jyoti Basu made west Bengal Waste Bengal with his regressive policies just like the harm MK has done to TN all along in the cultural, econoic and Ploitical sphere.

But, the media, intellengtsia and the uninformed masses have got into the habit of lionizing such destruction-doyens.

MK nad JB will stand a sure-fire chance for Bharat Rtana this or netx year to "bolster " India's pride.Aiyo....Aiyo. !!

Rightist

Indian Nationalist said...

Rather than blaming the Communists or Congress, I feel it the Bengalis themselves who are responsible for their pitiable situation.

Ok the Communists are known for Rigging elections (now mastered by Sonia's Congress) but there is no excuse for continously choosing them for more than 4 decades.

The Bengalis themselves are responsible.

uthaman said...

By the time he demitted office, Bengal has become a state of closed mills,shuttered factories,and govt an extension of party cadres.He was quite responsible for what Bengalis could not achieve of what could have been achieved otherwise.Only one state which has been competing with him in doing the same is kerala.May be CPM can hold a meeting and decide which state is first among the two where they ruled and ruling.And we have to appreciate Mr.Basu for having made it possible to send all qualified Bengalis in a big way to other states and abroad.

Oldtimer said...

Comrade Basu will be remembered. The good that men do is oft interred with their bones ...

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with you that Mamata is his worthy successor. It has become the nature of media & most Indians herdlike to come out with kitnaa mahaan thae blahblah as soon as any minister dies. Extremely cruel is the fact they die natural deaths.

If it is Sonia Gandhi & Rahul who have successfully disabled the amarnaam tumarnaam vietnam communist brigade as alleged by many I am extremely happy ! Because bjp also has no special ideology ; were not averse to allying with marxists.

Such is the deterioration in our expectations , the micromanager of opinions Cho Ramaswamy who many glorify often says :-

" We have no choice but to elect either a Rapist , Smuggler , Dacoit , Criminal Thug ".

And people laugh uproariously as if tickled((

Indisputable absolutely !! Point being , do we WANT this faux ethics , faux election , faux democracy ?? My personal opinion Indians need to be ruled over. By a Benevolent Dictator.

I am sick sick of our maladies being cossetted , cradled by citing past history alone. I want better quality of life. I am not exactly pining to live in a wigwam or communist vietnam. Americabashers among indians invariably gloat(sic)" America lost , vietnam won ". This comes from many pompous IITians IIMians (

Having stagnated in India watching my near & dear ones stagnating & prematurely wilting in merabarathvandemataram India & having a taste of life in Gulf ( thank God for American , Western influence ) the scales have dropped.

ALLAH & JESUS CHRIST also take very good care of us the hindus.

Talking Skull said...
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Anonymous said...

Talking Skull ,

Relax. andhakar basus,lallooosmulayamsetc would be tossed into Rouravam straight.Bingo !

No meeting of Brahma or Vishnu. Only Magnificently Awesomely Ruthless Yamakinkaras. Unlike hospitals here , they get endowed with anaesthesia proof skin , muscles , in short bodies.

What Dante portrays is exactly what our Scriptures also echo unequivocally.

Talking Skull said...

This dinosaur should have died 50 years ago. But, I guess, even Brahma was worried of him being dead and landing up in hell. This scoundrel would have created 'unions' of God and ensured bandhs, hartals and strikes in heaven and hell. That's why Brahma kept this T-Rex alive for 95 years. But, finally, everything has to come to an end.

And as pointed out correctly above, ultimately, the decline fo Bengal is the result of Bengal-ite mentality, influenced and doctored by the communists. Everywhere else in the world, the word "intellectual" is used for an idiot who studied a lot but failed in life. In Waste Bengal, being called an "Intellectual" is akin to knighthood.

May Jyoti Basu never have a reincarnation. And, if he is indeed born again, let it be in Pakistan.

Anonymous said...

"This asshole should have died 50 years ago. But, I guees, even Brahma was worried of him being dead and landing up in hell. This scoundrel would have created 'unions' of God and ensured bandhs, hartals and strikes in heaven and hell. That's why Brahma kepth this idiot alive for 95 years. But, finally, everything has to come to an end."
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Anonymous said...

LOL...Wearisome deja vu ! Sophists are coming out with " last words spoken" by abadraandhakarbasu.

Have to share an unforgettable piece written by a Bengali many years ago. Unforgettable & hilarious because he wrote the unalloyed truth without making it up for effect. Short synopsis of his writeup:-

His grandfather after retiring , for timepass , was lurching from Gaudiyamath to Kali Temple to Ramakrishna Mission discourses etc but sighing discontentedly. Got a heart attack. The grandchildren were counselled by the doctor to always keep the grandpa in a cheerful mood.

Credit children with scintillating intellect:) They brought some video recordings of Madhuri Dixit & a remote. As soon as he saw stunning Madhuri , the old man perked up , purring joyfully.Doctor attributed the recovery to miracle of modern medicine.

You gotta go when you gotta go. His last words before dying was a fond , desire filled " MA...".

His erstwhile GaudiyaMath to Kali Upasakas shook their heads solemnly recalling "what a devout old man he was...in his deathbed also pined for Maa Kalee..."

The grandchildren alone knew what he salivated for!!

Anonymous said...

The entire pantheon of Hindu Gods must be VERY angry for not only are they subjected to pseudoworshipping , but also get anointed with faux rosewater , faux sandalwoodpaste , faux honey , fauxvibhuthikumkum & oxytocin induced fauxmilk.

India has had so many genuine Seers. YET, indians DON"T want to internalise & abide by their Teachings. They want to prostrate , flatter & wangle quickfix instant moksha :)) IDIOTS.

Anonymous said...

ROTFL...don"t worry aam & angoor janata:)) As is the characteristic wont of politburo would come out after exactly 2 years with what-a-eemaalayanblunder-we-made....

Anonymous said...

Swapan da ,

Your very readable, punch filled postscript reminds me of what Socrates told a faux austere 'intellectual':-

" Your vanity shows through the holes in your clothes!".

Anonymous said...

Among all the follies of JB and left of WB you all mentioned, the worst is to create a section of youth whose 'employment' was cadreship. Since there was no job, a huge mass had to involve into politics for bread-earning, on a monthly salary basis. Can anyone from any other state believe this? This colossal damage of public mind by politicizing the entire society in its every level, that they had no other option, no other dream left? Why you bloggers and journos are not highlighting this?

Lee Shin said...

spot on with this write-up, i like the way you discuss the things. i'm impressed, i must say. i'll probably be back again to read more. thanks for sharing this with us.

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