Day 005 – Roktu Hos (The Sankrail Uprising)

Writing about politics in West Bengal is like passing by a construction site. You would get dirty even though you don’t understand an iota of construction/ engineering.

Nevertheless, I am compelled to write for a thought provoking incident that happened today. A group of landloser farmers stopped work at the proposed railway factory at Sankrail. For details, you may visit the following URL –

Now that you read the story, here is what I have to say.

@GeneralPublic – Dada bhai/ Didi bhai, I hope you do appreciate the fact that a factory would definitely be a good thing for the industry forsaken land of West Bengal. I also hope that the very fact that the land was acquired 30 years back, and the landlosers were rendered (almost) penniless puts forward a strong case of social justice and better compensation.

Now here lies the point – the landlosers need to be compensated. But the land does not need to be returned; that would affect the West Bengal economics negatively.

@Railways – Work out a compromise formula and ensure that adequate compensation is paid.

@BartamanPatrika – Let TMC do their job of carrying out the responsibility vested upon them by ‘Ma..Maati…Manush’. It’s not your business. I remember your articles related to Singur that emphasised how wrong it is to deprive a farmer of his land. However, for the Sankrail case, you are not supporting the farmers but simply terming them as CPM backed folks. Go and read TOI or AnandabazarĀ  and you will understand that people from Congress/ TMC are as much in it as CPM. Land acquisition is a sensitive issue – don’t play with it. A newspaper’s job is to ‘report’ the news and not to write melodramatic articles.

@Didi – What shall I tell you! You wouldn’t anyway listen to anyone. Please ignore my post, your highness. šŸ˜›

@GeneralPublic (yes, once again!) – I hope that now you understand that Ms. Banerjee’s stand on NewTown is not the correct one. It’s a bad example that she has put and it would increase social unrest and block development. NewTown is suffering for the lack of electricity, sewer, drinking water and all because a tiny-winy group of people are objecting to let go of their land. Let’s work on how to get them compensated and let’s not have a negative impression.

@PeopleLikeMe – Do you understand why people like you don’t belong to the ‘Ma..Maati..Manush’ category? It’s because most of you don’t vote and your reaction on the ballot paper is of least signifcance to the political bigwigs. Vote and make a change!
The number of people evicted at NewTown is much less than the number of people who have bought properties there. Let’s unite and fight against this.


PS: Roktu Hos means ‘Stop’ in NepaliĀ  (as per my knowledge ;))