The CPI-M and the BJP on Sunday ridiculed West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress for sending three of its MPs to Pune to express solidarity with FTII students, protesting against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the institute’s chairman.
Lok Sabha members Abhishek Banerjee and Satabdi Roy and Rajya Sabha chief whip Derek O’Brien will be interacting with the Film and Television Institute of India students on Monday.
The decision was announced on Saturday, a day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged the Narendra Modi government to resolve the impasse.
Incidentally, the announcement of the visit came on a day when the Trinamool’s students wing – Trinamool Chhatra Parishad – took out a rally here denouncing student agitation in Presidency University.
A section of the Presidency students have been demanding the resignation of vice chancellor Anuradha Lohia. They allege that she refused to act after several students were assaulted by police during the Friday visit of Mamata Banerjee to the university.
“The party which … has no regard for democratic values and principles is showing solidarity to a students’ movement. This is nothing but mockery,” CPI-M Rajya Sabha member Ritabrata Banerjee told IANS.
Banerjee, also the general secretary of the Students Federation of India, said the motive behind the Trinamool MPs’ visit to Pune was to derive political mileage.
“The Trinamool is feeling left out as the CPI-M has been championing the causes of the students,” added Banerjee.
BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh too denounced the Trinamool’s move.
“Trinamool has a history of denouncing democracy. So how can they let go an opportunity to support a movement which is completely undemocratic?” Singh told.
The decision to include Abhishek, Banerjee’s nephew, in the delegation has also drawn sharp criticism.
Abhishek had flayed last year’s massive agitation by Jadavpur University students demanding the resignation vice chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarty for ‘ordering’ a violent police crackdown on them.
Mamata’s hands are stained with the blood. Her regime witnessed n-number of violent massacres. She is responsible for ruining countless households. She is also responsible for breaking the hearts of innumerable women who have become widows, and their children orphans
If a leader loses his cool at the drop of the head than he is not a real leader. Anger and leadership scarcely go together. The recent number of video clips that went viral has further dented the credibility of the Bengal Chief Minister. It all looks like a comical drama of fury, and obviously unbecoming of any leaders. What is awfully disgusting is that a phrase dedicated to God could bring out a load of nasty abuses!
The Bengal CM had immediately stopped her car and got down to scold the people around who had chanted “Jai Shri Ram”. She did not hold back to arrest them. One wonders how sane citizens of India look at this. Could Bengal CM do the same with people from other faiths? Muslim community offer their NAMAZ on the roads blocking the public and the vehicular movement. Mamata has never uttered a whimper against this, much less taking a legal action. Mamata’s Bengal is literally an epitome of “discrimination and injustice”. Well, it is not proper to provoke anyone. But why on earth does Bengal CM get so easily provoked when she herself has “provoked” the majority of the natives in the state?
The natives of Bengal have reacted by screaming “Jai Shri Ram” out of their sheer frustration – which is their way of expressing their pent-up anger towards the maverick CM. The present Lok Sabha election result has made the people a little bolder. It has also become quite obvious how the native Bengali detest Mamata’s misrule. Needless to say, Mamata’s hands are stained with the blood. Her regime witnessed n-number of violent massacres. She is responsible for ruining countless households. She is also responsible for breaking the hearts of innumerable women who have become widows, and their children orphans. The ground reality and the condition of those bereaved families are inexplicably pathetic. Practically no one to support them. One TMC MP – Subhasish Chakraborty has further instructed his party people not to allow Hindus to vote in future.
Is Bengal Chief Minister truly aware of the meaning and intention of this sacred phrase? The literary translation of “Jai Shri Ram” is — Jai – victory, Shri – riches of the material world,Ram – riches of the spiritual world which essentially means – bliss. For a spiritual seeker, it is highly recommended to chant in order to dispel the fear, material anxiety and be free from the worldly faults, which is intended to overcome the cycle of births and deaths. The final purpose being the mergence with the Almighty. As God cannot be “separated” from our moment to moment action, apart from chanting in meditation, it is also prescribed to use while greeting others too. The more, the merrier.
Is it not a grand idea, much bigger, much profound than what we can ever think of? Nothing could be so disgraceful than the fact that most of the “pearls of wisdom” of ancient India have been purposely distorted or misinterpreted, or even portrayed with the wrong descriptions by some vested interest. Therefore, now in the mainstream anything connected with ancient India and the culture is seen with contempt.
On the other hand, why does this sacred Hindu phrase of holy name set off the anger of the head of the state? Being the Chief Minister and showing direct contempt for particular faith only has only sent out the wrong message. It’s totally unwarranted, it’s unconstitutional and spiritually sinful too. Why are the custodians of the constitution silent and not taking any step? Does it not amount to the full acceptance of the brutish “might is right” of the olden days — which is prevalent now Bengal? Why is the democracy not in danger now? One is afraid, how much bloodshed and the terror to roar before the Centre take the decisive action. No CM should take the native and its culture hostage and live off the country’s resources. Mind out, our leaders’ anger against ‘Jai Shri Ram’ or ‘Sabarimala’…. may burn Hindu culture to ashes.
Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali