25 October, 2020

Chappals Firmly Grounded

Mistake not Didi’s instinct-driven defiance for chance antagonism

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Chappals Firmly Grounded

Mamata Banerjee needs to carve out a niche for herself, the Congress in West Bengal is desperate to come in from the cold. Between the two compulsions, Trinamool’s alliance with the UPA at the Centre is threatening to run aground. But it would be a mistake to ascribe any grand or sinister motive to West Bengal’s rumbustious new chief minister.

Those who imagine her laying the foundations of a new federal equation overrate her philosophical vision and political perception. Those who accuse her of blackmailing New Delhi on the eve of the Uttar Pradesh elections to gain benefits for her state malign her unnecessarily.

Didi, elder sister, as she is popularly called, is a street fighter in constant need of causes and contestants. After 34 years of dictatorial rule, the Marxist-led Left Front has been banished to the sidelines. If the state branch of the Congress party can at last be seen and heard, it’s only because Trinamool’s triumph has emboldened it to sneak out into the open and speak. So, who does the...



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