19 September, 2020

Burning The Embers

Fresh violence underlines Bengal’s political atrophy

Burning The Embers
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Bombs In Bengal

January 2013

  • 72-year-old veteran Left leader Abdul Rezzak Mollah thrashed by TMC activists on January 6
  • Fifteen people injured, close to half of them with bullet injuries, after violent clashes erupt between TMC and CPI(M) activists
  • Cars, vehicles set on fire and CPI(M) cadres attacked on Jan 8

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West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan is a man of few words. So when the former national security advisor felt compelled to make a public remark on January 9, that the state is in the grips of “a kind of goondaism “, many saw it as a telling comment about the dismal state of law and order in West Bengal. As a string of recent events—each more virulent than the last—shows, things are getting worse.

“As a former member of the National Security Council, I know Narayanan well enough to know that unless the situation in the state was really a cause for concern, he wouldn’t...

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