Comments on: Singur: It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Papia Mitra Mon, 18 May 2009 12:49:11 +0000 And now the people have given a fitting reply to CPM goons who murdered so many with impunity.

In Singur Mamata’s party won with even more votes than last year’s in spite of chatteringboxes’ projections that ordinary people in Singur no longer liked Mamata because they now realize the harm she did.

By: Anbas Sun, 12 Oct 2008 20:08:05 +0000 Mr Debabrata Bandyopadhyay, West Bengal’s former land reforms commissioner is an active member of Trinamool Congress. He is an executive of the 24 Parganas (South) Zilla Parishad elected on a TMC ticket. He joined TMC because of his personal grudge against ruling left front Government. His opinion is biased and full of misleading facts.

By: wrick Sun, 05 Oct 2008 06:02:56 +0000 I see lot of analysis was done here. And people taking both sides. Here is an analysis done by Mr Debabrata Bandyopadhyay West Bengal’s former land reforms commissioner and secretary, revenue, government of India, on the gross value of production from 400 hectares of land acquired from over 12,000 owners and co-sharers for the Nano project.
The link:

By: sandip Sat, 04 Oct 2008 09:44:49 +0000 So, the Singur saga is finally over or is it ? It would be natural for everyone to now come down heavily on Mamata. While Mamata’s methods may have been reprehensible and her personal style unacceptable to many of us – we cannot forget that she is also a product of a system. In condemning her (which she more than deserves) we are only attacking the symptoms but not the disease. She is merely a manifestation of a malaise, the purging of which is bound to be a very painful and time-consuming process. It is easy to say that, the ultimate loser is Bengal, which is undeniable. But, it could also be true that Bengal isn’t ready yet to take that leap into the future.

I don’t think we’ve heard the last word on Nano in Singur yet.

By: Rakesh Mon, 22 Sep 2008 19:23:56 +0000 Thanks for the article, you have hit the nail on the head. If this is not inept governing, to put it mildly, then what is ? The middle class who have a voice on the internet, supports this because they have everything to gain and nothing to lose ! They are not the one losing their livelihoods, on the contrary the blue collar jobs will be theirs. The govt in a so called democracy have no right to forcibly take land, but that is what they did. The ruler of West Bengal made an infamous remark, we are 230 and they are 30, in reference to the balance of power in the state assembly. That pretty much reflects the mode of governance. Why do the un-willing people of Singur have to pay for the mis-deeds of the govt ? What has the rest of the people in WB done to demand sacrifice from the people in Singur ? I do wish that the people and the opposition protested earlier.

By: shekhar Thu, 11 Sep 2008 12:17:26 +0000 What has happened in singur is being blown out proportion and the much admired narayan murthy and his team are adding to this. Let us first of all agree that
Mamata’s stake in the affair was to gain political mileage and the strong arm tactics and intimidation used was reprehensible. Having said that, what is wrong
in farmers holding out for a larger share of the pie. Any one would try and maximise his/her gains and more so when he/she was giving up all the assets at their disposal.
Why did the Tata’s choose West Bengal – because of proximity to their steel factory and a government desperate for industry could be coerced in to acquiring prime land on their behalf. The Tata’s are familiar
with the dangers that land acquisition is fraught with – they have recently indirectly responsible for the death of 16 people in Kalinganagar (many are reported missing)because of police firing on adivasis who were resisting land takeover.
It is not a question of being pro or anti industry but realizing that all the parties in this 4 cornered game
( TMC/CPM/Tata/Landlosers)were trying to maximise their gains.

By: papia mitra Wed, 10 Sep 2008 14:06:27 +0000 All this support for tatas is based on middle class hopes of a cheap car and employment.(Not that employment for Bengalis are guaranteed — the engineers came from Noida)
Never mind that the farmers and everyone who works on the land will not get any jobs and are undercompensated, and farmers who are worried about their land becoming polluted by adjacent factories — they must be anti-nationals if they are trying to deny middle class their comforts.

I particlarly loved the comment about Royal Bengal Tigers: shining India at its best!
But one does not have to actually go that far; the police can do the work as well. In orissa when tribals protested acquisition of their land to build a TATA steel plant 14 were shot dead.

BTW: CAG estimates WB govt. subsidised Nano at about 70 crores.

By: papia mitra Wed, 10 Sep 2008 13:48:12 +0000 Posted by Sourav dasgupta:

“I don’t think foreign news agencies can have as much depth as local media for such issues.”

Nor can they be so easily bullied by CPM goons or bribed by industrialists.

Not to mention what local media are you referring to? Statesman and Bartaman have very different opinion from Anandabazar and Gansakti.

By: A.Y. Sat, 06 Sep 2008 11:31:25 +0000 Shankar you are correct. They can import cheap parts from overseas. It will hurt our local auto-parts industry in India.

I could not understand why all people are burning their blood for this debate. Some are with TATA and some are not with TATA.

TATA will never give you a rupee (INR)or dollar from its profit. Even TATA can use our all money that we paid to our country in the name of income tax.

Build hospitals, schools. See how India fails to help flood victim in Bihar. India will not be a Superpower until all Indian are happy and equal.

Please think, how many peoples can afford medicines and foods for their families in India. Around 50 Indians are billionaires and 76.4% of Indian population (world bank data) living under poverty line.

I recommend to all in this post read once “Discovery of India” written by Nehru ji. Government should boost small-scale industry and other sectors that were planned by Pandit Nehru ji. In the past I was not agree with the some of Nehru’s visions, now I feel Nehru’s visions was not wrong about India. If we forget his visions than it will be too late to react and rebuild India.

India’s population is increasing day by day.

Don’t worry! Be Happy! :-)

Simon what do you think?

By: Abhik Das Sat, 06 Sep 2008 09:32:00 +0000 Sorry Boss I thaught they were from MARS and their friends here are from China