Comments on: Bengal intellectuals queer pitch for communists http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/04/30/bengal-intellectuals-queer-pitch-for-communists/ Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: B chatterjee http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/04/30/bengal-intellectuals-queer-pitch-for-communists/comment-page-1/#comment-10074 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 15:05:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1025#comment-10074 hi..persons whose snaps are used in that poster, have all been involved with ultra left campaigns and are led by ultra maoist campaigners going strong day by day in west bengal. Situation is that, mamata has been gaining popularity by portraying herhelf as the mesiah of the maoists have nots..!! so its not going away from communism at all..its a change from pseudo communism to a complete armed maoist kind of communism..!and their leadrs are the ones who are themselves established rich artists..who has got acres of land at no price from west bengal govt in recent times, where actual land cost is more than 20 milion INRs…what bengal need, probably good guys taking over all the parties..instead of illiterates and misbehaving people like mamata, somen taking control..congress, cpm, tmc all should promote smart leaders….not half educated actors/anti socials..so..!! :( from frying pan to fire…

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By: anup http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/04/30/bengal-intellectuals-queer-pitch-for-communists/comment-page-1/#comment-6841 Tue, 12 May 2009 19:48:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1025#comment-6841 “Pariborton Chai”— New brand lauched by Tata Tea???lol, the commies will need a lot of it after 16 may when their tally comes down from 60 to 32…(what sort of people vote for these sadists?)

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By: Susanta Kumar Biswas http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/04/30/bengal-intellectuals-queer-pitch-for-communists/comment-page-1/#comment-6785 Sun, 10 May 2009 05:07:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1025#comment-6785 Your piece of writing is fully relevant in the context of present political situation in West Bengal. I fully justify this kind of campaign that was long overdue. Actually, what we are observing in West Bengal for the past two decades is totally detrimental to any ideal democracy. But now time has come to turn around to get the taste of democracy to its original form. That’s why a whiff of change is resounding in and around us. It is quite obvious that after so many days of sluggishness and anarchy in every respect of our lifestyle, change has become inevitable. From this perspective, the clarion call by some intellectuals to get rid of this hypocrisy in the name of development is a bold step to arouse public awareness. Truly speaking, they have become successful to a large extent. The bone of contention among some intellectuals over a hoarding depicting the face of some illustrious intellectuals is nothing but a meek protest to show their solidarity towards the present government lest it stop any gratification for them on various occasion. When change has to bring in, revolt cannot be far behind. There is no ambiguity whatsoever the way some intellectuals like Mahasweta Devi, Amlan Dutta, Aparna Sen have put up their logical protest post Nandigram and Singur. It is quite beyond my knowledge why some sycophants belonging to this government are so scared of this outdoor campaign if they truly believe in change of any sort. Can this present government totally disown of this present political and social turmoil ? Considering the hue and cry by some of the adopted intellectuals of the government over this a mere hoarding campaign is nothing but reveal their fake character of crying for any development. Actually to whom democracy is a mere word in a book, they always find excuse in their favour to upset any kind of development. But in reality they should know that when mass wakes up no excuse works. So as much the communists intellectuals will keep on this war of words over change, as they queer pitch of their own.Susanta Kumar Biswas

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By: Bappa Majumdar http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/04/30/bengal-intellectuals-queer-pitch-for-communists/comment-page-1/#comment-6733 Fri, 08 May 2009 07:27:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1025#comment-6733 eyeopener, good, very good, eyeopener-eyeopener, nice, good, very, eye-opener, eyeopener…

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By: Bappa Majumdar http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/04/30/bengal-intellectuals-queer-pitch-for-communists/comment-page-1/#comment-6732 Fri, 08 May 2009 07:25:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1025#comment-6732 EYE OPENER EYE OPENER EYE OPENER!!!

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By: AN http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/04/30/bengal-intellectuals-queer-pitch-for-communists/comment-page-1/#comment-6584 Sun, 03 May 2009 11:49:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1025#comment-6584 I couldn’t agree more with Sourav’s post. Bengal has gone from bad to worse in the past 32 years and none of these intellectuals ever raised a voice, preferring to stay in the cocoon that Nandan offers and enjoying the Left’s patronage. But isnt it ironical that these intellectuals are stirring at a time when one of them, Buddhodeb babu, is the chief minister!

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By: samrat banerjee http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/04/30/bengal-intellectuals-queer-pitch-for-communists/comment-page-1/#comment-6580 Sat, 02 May 2009 19:20:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1025#comment-6580 A nicely polished looking-glass……

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By: Sourav http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/04/30/bengal-intellectuals-queer-pitch-for-communists/comment-page-1/#comment-6578 Sat, 02 May 2009 15:37:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1025#comment-6578 Bengal’s so called intellectuals (or antels in the local language) live in their own little dream world and love to think that they are connected to the “masses”. In reality they have little influence on the politics of Bengal.Take Ms Aparna Sen. She makes decent movied which are appreciated by the urban elite and niche international film festivals. She once edited Sananda – a magazine which caters to the well off urban Bengalis. People are more interested in how many marriages she has had and the only film whioh really made people sit up was Paroma because of the wrong reasons. 36 Chowringhee Lane was also a hit in urbam Kolkata because of the reasons that went beyond a good film.Or let’s take the singer Sumon who has now become Kabir Sumon. He is probably one of the best male singers of Bengal. But his influence is limited to the urban youth. A majority of Bengalis don’t even understand the meanings of his lyrics – the Jibonmukhi trend that he started and which has kind of faded away. Charged with alleged battering of his German wife and kid, he has now changed religion and married a top Bangladeshi singer. A person who has hypocrisy in personal life, cannot really get respect in public when he sings against hypocrisy.Painter Shuvoprasanna, is a good painter. But who outside his tiny circle of urban elite have even seen his paintings? Has he even held a painting exhibition in any of the villages? He can do all the padayatras he wants to and claim on TV cameras that he is an intellectual (he is the first person I have heard who calls himself intellectual). But do the masses care?Bengal’s famous writer Mahasweta Devi (even Bollywood fans should know that Rudali and Hazar Chaurasi are films based on her novels) is hardly read outside the urban classes.Dramatist Shaonli Mitra – is great on stage, but who are the people who spend money to watch her shows? The small eilte circle of bhadrolok society.So despite their media pampered high stature, Bengal’s intellectuals have never had any real influence on the masses. So whether a double dozen of intellectuals support the Trinamool Party and five hundred others support the CPM – on the polling day they will have no impact on voting patterns of the masses.

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By: SOUMYADIPTA CHATTERJEE http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/04/30/bengal-intellectuals-queer-pitch-for-communists/comment-page-1/#comment-6574 Sat, 02 May 2009 12:10:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1025#comment-6574 one of the best articles I have come across so far.

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By: pritha lahiri http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/04/30/bengal-intellectuals-queer-pitch-for-communists/comment-page-1/#comment-6573 Sat, 02 May 2009 11:37:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1025#comment-6573 A VERY GOOD ARTICLE INDEED.

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