The state assembly election 2021 of West Bengal is round the corner. Some are calling it as ‘Battle of Bengal’. People of West Bengal have been claiming superior intellectuality and mature political consciousness for too long on wrong premise. Past glory and individual achievements of Bongs can’t be generalized anymore. West Bengal has graduated in political violence, political corruption and goonda-raj for too long. Communist and Trinamool Congress have successfully destroyed the state in last 45 to 50 years.
West Bengal has been on decline since 1963, when Chief Minister of the state Bidhan Chandra Roy passed away. He reinforced the foundations of the state after partition of 1947, got the Durgapur & Alloy Steel Plant, Chittaranjan Locomotives, India’s 1st satellite town in Kalyani, Digha Beach Resort, expanded the engineering industries, set up engineering, technology, medical, management, and other institutes.
Calcutta and Jadavpur universities used to be the prime universities in India those days. West Bengal had the IIM, IIT, Indian Statistical Institute, the Operations Research School, Bengal Engineering College, besides, of course, Presidency College, Saint Xaviers College, Scottish Church College and many other venerable institutes.
Calcutta was the HQ of Birla, JK, Bangur, and Thapar and Tata. The grand Tata Centre was built for that purpose. This was the vision of TATA’S. Most of their investment was in Jamshedpur. Most foreign companies had their India HQs in Calcutta. This was the reason Calcutta had best of the Clubs in the country. It had the highest number of International flights, Bombay used to serve mainly Aden, Muscat, and East Africa.
And then mega cultural show ‘Ashok Kumar Nite’ was organized in February 1968 in Rabindra Sarobar Stadium of Calcutta. It was a 50,000 strong audience. Dozens of girls and women were dragged out and their raped naked dead bodies were found in and around the Rabindra Sarobar (lake) over the next two days. The CPM leaders (Jyoti Basu & Co) called that mass rape and murder of girls and women as “the rise of the proletariat against the bourgeoisie” and justified the mass crime.
Calcutta started emptying. Soon after, Aditya Birla was dragged out of his car between GPO and RBI, opposite Writers Building, thrashed, clothes torn, stripped down to his undergarments and made to walk like that to his office at 15 India Exchange Place. With a crowd roaring in laughter and jeering, he went home and took a flight to Bombay, never to return. He took all his money and offices out of Bengal. Today they are one of the top industrial houses in the country.
So did JK and Thapar, within a month. So did most entrepreneurs, so did most MNCs. Latest example was ousting of Tata Nano car manufacturing plant. Those were ‘Mass Exodus’ of money and employment from the state. Today no Industrial house plans to start any project in the state. That being the dream that the Communists of West Bengal wanted to materialize, and there is no change in the present Trinamool Congress government too.
Communists in West Bengal started their political anarchic ‘power game’ from ‘Ashok Kumar Nite’ in 1968 and went through ‘Sain Bari killings’ in 1970, ‘Marichjhapi massacre’ in 1979, ‘Bijon Setu massacre’ of 1982 to ‘Bantala gang rape’ of 1990, ‘Nanoor massacre’ of 2000 and ‘Nandigram massacre’ of 2007. They destroyed the work culture and closed down thousands of factories in West Bengal in the name of Trade Union and classless society. Communists made West Bengal a burial ground in 34 years of their rule.
The TMC rule of the state from 2011 till date has also infected the state with the worse culture of ‘cleansing of political opposition’, ‘Cut Money’, ‘Syndicate’, Para-teachers, Civic Volunteers, ‘Khela-Mela-Utsav’ and migration of lakhs of laborers to other states after the driving out of ‘Tata Nano’ car factory from Singur in 2010-11. Illegal Muslim immigration from Bangladesh was encouraged in 34 years of Communist rule and Islamic terrorism and Islamism have flourished in the state during last 10 years of TMC rule.
A big proportion of educated Bongs, who could not cope up with destruction of West Bengal, migrated out to other parts of India; to other countries. One finds so many teachers, scientists, researchers, doctors, economists, artists, from West Bengal in the US, UK, France, Germany, Benelux, Scandinavia, but none worth the name here in Bengal. It was a ‘Mass Exodus’ of brains.
The people of West Bengal have been strangely watching this downhill journey of the state for five decades and will do so unfortunately for another five decades. One may see the state to turn into an Islamic State in near future. Just keep your fingers crossed.
Number of beggars per hundred thousand populations is highest (89) in West Bengal at present. The state also tops in number of migrant laborers, unemployment, political crime and crime against women in the country. This is the bottom line of ‘destroyed West Bengal’.