Rumblings in Bengal
Central Kolkata was shut down today amid large scale violence. The All India Minority Forum supporters fought pitched battles with the police. Columns of the army are moving in to restore normalcy.
“I have never seen such a thing in my lifetime. There is total lawlessness,” said Amal Das, waiting in an ambulance with his ailing father. …
I readily admit I have a one-track mind when it comes to Indian politics. I simply cannot ignore the extreme distortion brought about by the ‘magic wand’ wielded by our politicians.
There is no force strong enough to overcome the promise of exclusive and selective benefits. In India, this has taken the form of a total hijack of the social justice system.
I continue to hold that if data and tight monitoring of the quota system is surrendered to the whim of politicians – violence and show of strength will replace social justice. This will not lead to any real equilibrium. Even mighty forces like the CPM will bite the dust. It will be quick and painless, but relief will be temporary.
Bengal is first on the list. As mentioned in this blog, Bengal is a spectacular anomaly when it comes to the quota system – especially its Muslim population.
Nandigram and Taslima Nasreen are just the sideshows.