Monday, February 21, 2005

INDIA: Patriots Need to Hail the Left

The image “http://www.merch-bot.com/images/products/350hammersicklesweatshirtBL.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.What all the Left parties operating in this part of the country, including the various factions of the CPI-ML, must realize is that the Bangladeshis would never hold aloft their "crimson banner" of the "October revolution", but the white crescent in green one, because that is the way they have been indoctrinated in the madrassas from their childhood. Sporadic instances of their weird behaviour during elections in India, where some of them might vote for a Left candidate too, must not create the illusion among the Left parties that they could one day win over the Bangladeshi vote bank. The Islamists know that more than anything, it is Marxism which is the biggest enemy of the Islamists.

Patriots Need to Hail the Left

It augurs well that both the two major Left parties, the CPI and the CPI-M, have finally come to the realization of the fact, too palpable even to the layman in Assam today, that Islamic fundamentalist forces of Bangladesh are seeking to carve out an Islamic state comprising the North-east by cutting off the region from mainland India at the ‘chicken-neck’ corridor in North Bengal. They have also realized the fact that there is a design behind the unabated influx from Bangladesh, which is to overwhelm the indigenous population so that the objective of an Islamic state is achieved that much easier. Assam CPI-M leader Hemen Das and CPI leader Pramode Gogoi were quoted by the UNI in a Guwahati-datelined report which appeared in The Sentinel on February 14 that both the parties would work in tandem with the Left Front Government of West Bengal to prevent the Bangladesh-based fundamentalist groups from trying to create a greater Islamic state comprising Bangladesh, Assam, Tripura and North Bengal. Mr Das was quoted as having said that the CPI-M was well aware of the evil designs of some fundamentalist groups from neighbouring Bangladesh as "rightly pointed out by West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharyya," to cut off the vital chicken’s neck in North Bengal connecting the North-east and Assam with the rest of the country. CPI leader Pramode Gogoi demanded of the "Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre" to complete the fencing work in the entire length of the border with Bangladesh in Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya and West Bengal in the current year itself, obviously to stress the fact of the unabated influx having created the situation for early Islamization of the North-east. Interestingly enough, not to take any accusation from any side that they had now started talking in tune with the BJP and other Hindutva forces on the twin issue of influx and fundamentalist designs, both Mr Das and Mr Gogoi hastened to add that they would simultaneously oppose the Hindutva forces seeking to give the issue a "religious colour".

Whichever way one sees this latest posture of the two Left parties as enumerated by their two very senior leaders, the fact remains that this is the most welcome development from every patriot’s perspective, and the two parties must now be actively associated in the campaign for the immediate scrapping of the IM(DT) Act and all other attendant demands. The situation has turned too grave today for the patriotic forces of Assam to indulge in the luxury of seeking to hoot down the Left parties for their volte face on the issue, or for having realized its gravity only after West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharyya had said something about it recently. Even if it is very late in the day and even if it is the West Bengal Chief Minister, the fact that the two Left parties in Assam have been at all made to accept the influx from Bangladesh as being part of the design to carve out an Islamic state will certainly strengthen the campaign of the patriotic people of Assam who will not forgive the political parties for having mortgaged the State to the vote bank comprising illegal Bangladeshi migrants and ensured the creation of an Islamic state in the coming years. That way, the palm must be given to West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharyya that he could achieve the impossible of making the Assam Left leader realize the gravity of the situation.

What all the Left parties operating in this part of the country, including the various factions of the CPI-ML, must realize is that the Bangladeshis would never hold aloft their "crimson banner" of the "October revolution", but the white crescent in green one, because that is the way they have been indoctrinated in the madrassas from their childhood. Sporadic instances of their weird behaviour during elections in India, where some of them might vote for a Left candidate too, must not create the illusion among the Left parties that they could one day win over the Bangladeshi vote bank. The Islamists know that more than anything, it is Marxism which is the biggest enemy of the Islamists.