Kolkata: The recently-concluded West Bengal Assembly poll didn’t go down to the wire. It was almost a one-woman show with TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee romping home warding off every challenge coming her way. Yes, the BJP improved on its numbers – but what is alarming is the decimation of the Congress-Left alliance or Jot which had to hit a humble pie. Are we surprised? No! Not at all!
The polls are now a thing of the past but the humiliation of not being able to open their account hasn’t been a wake-up call for the alliance partners, especially the CPI (M). Obstinacy and arrogance still rule the roost as evident from the 6-month suspension handed out to Ajanta Biswas, daughter of veteran Comrade Anil Biswas, on the most trivial of grounds.
Ajanta, a professor, allegedly broke discipline by eulogising among others, Didi, while writing in TMC’s mouthpiece Jago Bangla. While paying ode to the role of women in Bengal politics, Ajanta touched upon Mamata’s meteoric rise – can you admonish Ajanta for not tampering with facts? After all, Mamata is the first woman CM of the state.
Has Ajanta committed a sin by taking to the TMC mouthpiece to pen down her thoughts or is it her ‘reverence’ for Mamata which has drawn the ire of the CPI (M) seniors? It raises some pertinent questions that have not been answered.
Unfortunate indeed, that a party grappling to stay afloat still reels under the antique style of smothering its members’ voices just for the sake of refusal to accede to the writings on the wall. Shrinking base, waning popularity and failure on the part of the leadership to woo voters have exacerbated the rot the party is mired in.
Hardly any presence on the national stage with Kerala being an exception, our erudite Comrades refuse to wake up and smell the coffee. In the process, they are causing consternation within the party which could torpedo its prospects in the longer run.
Drawing a blank in both the Lok Sabha and state polls should have been a warning signal, but sagacious words fall on their deaf ears. Our ageing CPI (M) stalwarts still love to bask in the past losing relevance in the current scheme of things.
Looking at the larger picture, a skewed thought process on which way to go against BJP spells doom. If joining hands with TMC is a strict no, then continuing with the alliance with the Congress which itself is a sinking ship is unfounded.
On one hand, you are at loggerheads in Kerala, on the other, you hug and work in tandem in West Bengal. Logic noted?
It’s time the CPI (M) broke the shackles of dictatorship which could turn it extinct. If you want to induct an odour of freshness into the party fold, then come to terms with the fact that the younger lot cannot be coerced into falling in line. They would be assertive and refuse to blindly follow in your footsteps.
The archaic approach is obsolete and if any prominence is to be gained then pliability should be the need of the hour.
Let’s not get into whether Ajanta transgressed party lines with her writing, being young, she at least deserved to be let off with a warning, if at all it sounded acceptable. A six-month ban is mild enough party disciplinarians might boast about their benevolence, but it’s not about the period but the attitude that calls for backlash. Insecurity aggravated by a sense of superiority complex diminishes any chances of resuscitation.
Poor Ajanta! But dear Comrades, this new breed won’t dance to your whims and fancies – they are opinionated and may turn around and retort. Mark our words!
This article doesn’t mean to vilify the septuagenarians and octogenarians – age is just a number but if the number tells on the outcome, there’s a lot to ponder over!