#TMCSlapGate: Slapper, fighting for life, slapped with 'attempt to
murder' - justice #MamataBanerjee way! Outrageous!
Yes, it was utterly wrong and
there cannot be a way to justify this, even in the political badlands of West
Bengal, a state notorious for political violence and political assassinations. Stay
assured the law would take its course and the miscreant would face the
consequences of what he has done.
But the problem is the law would
be forced to inflict the maximum justice possible here where there would be no
lines between justice and injustice, where law would go beyond 'law' to appease
the people elected to ensure the rule of 'law'.
It was to happen, as it happened
in that badland, being run an elected chief minister with a dictatorial mindset
who took over the reins of the state after decades of Left Front misrule that
left West Bengal in ruins. 'Minus Kolkata West Bengal is as dark as the
hinterland Bihar of Lalu Yadav days or even worse' - such analyses were the
Mamata Banerjee promised to
herald the state in a new era, changing such perceptions. But the story of West
Bengal remains more or less the same. Yes, it cannot be expected that Mamata
Banerjee can undo the misdeeds and malaise of over three decades in just four
years (she will be completing four years in office in May 2015).
But these four years have clearly
told that she is not the stuff she promised to be. Instead, she has
increasingly shown her volatile temperament that presents before us a
politician who is dictatorial, who doesn't tolerate any sort of criticism, who is
anti-democratic in her style of functioning and who is nothing more but a
routine politician who counts her rule, her kin, her party and her political
legacy before anything else, including the concerns of the common man and
development of the state/nation.
The nation has seen her such demeanours
on display time and again like colouring Kolkata blue and white as these are
Mamata's favourite colours, banning newspapers critical to her from public
libraries, taking Marx out of West Bengal textbooks, branding students Maoists
on questioning her and so on.
And it is on display again.
The simple and honest Mamata
Banerjee who boasts of a detached lifestyle and political legacy has charged a
22-year old engineering student with 'attempt to murder' for slapping his
nephew, who is also an MP (member of parliament) from her party, TMC.
Now, irrespective of the motives
and the background of the youth, he cannot be charged with something so serious
like 'attempt to murder' that can leave him in jail for his life and an administration
on toes can stoop to any level to appease the authoritarian in Mamata Banerjee
would do all to ensure that.
In fact, when we see how brutally
the youth, Debasish Acharya, was beaten by the TMC members (or say goons after
seeing this photograph of the 'lynched' youth published in 'The Telegraph' and DNA),
it should be the TMC members who should be charged with 'attempt to murder' and
Abhishek Banerjee, Mamata's nephew, should be charged with 'abetting the crime'
as the rally was held for him and he kept on addressing the gathering while
goons of his party were busy in breaking bones of the 22-year young.
Image courtesy: The Telegraph
Image courtesy: DNA
But, then it is Mamata Banerjee,
yet another big letdown for the common man, yet another huge political
disappointment of Indian democracy.
How can we expect rationality and
justice from someone like Mamata Banerjee who blames rape victims in order to
keep record of her governance clean and straight, who brands every critic a
Naxal, a Maoist, an anarchist, who staunchly defends her corrupt party men
involved in a big scam, even if her ministers are in jail.
And so, the 22-year engineering
students, left bloodstained and with multiple fractures for slapping Mamata's
nephew (Abhishek Banerjee didn't have even a red-cheek to show), is charged
with 'attempt to murder' while the goons of TMC walk free, without any charges,
when it was all on camera, when their lynching almost killed Debasish.
And the whole nation saw it. And
the nation knows one thing with certainty that it was not at all 'a life
threatening slap' something that Mamata, her party men and her spokespersons are
crying/ would cry over the top to prove.