Banerjee’s government restricted idol immersions to 10 pm on September 30, the day of Vijaya Dashami, and banned it completely the next day – which is Muharram.
Has communal hatred seeped into the Bengali-speaking middle class psyche?
The upheaval the CPI(M) is going through in West Bengal can be attributed to a split in the central and state party lines. Unless resolved, this could lead to further outbursts from party members.
It is near impossible to negotiate a long-term solution without conceding to the demand of a Gorkhaland. A temporary truce and a suspension of the shutdown is the best that can be expected from the bipartite talks that have just begun.
Mamata’s policies, since she became chief minister in 2011, have challenged and redefined the century old hegemony of bhadralok politics, and reshaped Bengal’s identity.
Liberal democracy may come and go but populism as a distinct form of politics marked by the presence of the lower classes will remain