14 March 2007

There are reports that when the police tried to enter Nandigram, villagers pelted stones at them and damaged their vehicles. That's when the police opened fire at the villagers, killing three.

Unconfirmed reports say that around 10 people were killed and nearly 50 were injured in the clashes.

If nothing else, such crimes as were committed here today would have guaranteed the end of the road for the state government anywhere else in India.


anand balaji said...

I watched the disturbing scenes on TV. Is this really a democracy or a police state we're living in?

Vijayalaxmi Hegde said...

Why are you still asking such questions?

anand balaji said...

Oops! I stand corrected ma'am:)
Could such horrors on civilians unfoldand thrive when there isn't a proper, constructive Opposition as well? I for one think Mamta's antics deflect from the issue on hand and provide comic relief.
PS: I have used one of your pieces on medicine in my blog. Hope you're okay with it!?!

Vijayalaxmi Hegde said...

Anand, where in India is there 'proper, constructive Opposition'?

And as for 'Mamata's antics', if you were pushed against the wall and strangulated and god knows what else at the same time, and the rest of the world has no clue about it, how sane would you stay? Being the Opposition in West Bengal takes everything out of you.

Many Bengalis I have spoken to do want a change, but then ask, 'What alternative do we have? Will it not be total anarchy?' My answer is, 'Why dont we have some official anarchy for once?' During the Freedom Movement, too, such questions were asked. You know, it's very bad to have the British rule us, but there will be bloodshed once they leave. Yes, there was bloodshed. But I dont think I have to list here what else Independence brought us.

I'd also like to add something here: The killing at Nandigram is not a one-off, a freak incident. Suffice to say that this is perhaps the first time the CPI-M's cruelties have been officially recorded.

anand balaji said...

Having a quiet day indoors, eh? Turned on the telly... Nandigram is all over the place. Very, very tragic.
"Official anarchy", now that's a new one; and a good one too!
Something similar to how I describe my cluttered room — an organised chaos!
I fail to understand how and why the CPI-M comes to power again and again despite the mess they have caused in every term. Who on earth supports them? I ask this in all honesty as my knowledge of Bengal politics is insufficient.

Lincoln said...

Give us your land or life or both...

Land reforms continue ... we gave you the land and now we want it back... if you resist we will kill you...understood?...remember bullets get ballots...ballots get power ... firepower, fame, and farmland ... any questions?

SloganMurugan said...

Interesting kabel/tag: Capitalist Party of India :)

And the word used for verification of this comment is OLDANE

Vijayalaxmi Hegde said...


And it sure is an old aane :)