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Post-March 14th carnage at Nandigram, Aparna Sen was seen protesting against it. This year it continues to happen. She has been protesting again. So is everyone with a conscience. This government just needs to go.

Photography: © 2006 Siddhartha Hajra

AN UPDATE:

WHAT YOU CAN DO?

MAHAMICHIL ON 14 NOVEMBER 2007 TO PROTEST AGAINST NANDIGRAM VIOLENCE. STARTING POINT – COLLEGE SQUARE – 1 pm. PLEASE JOIN AND REQUEST YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN. YOU CAN BRING POSTERS WITHOUT ORGANISATION’S NAME.

Another Update: Please read the following appeal, and please do sign in.

Appeal to Left Front Partners to Withdraw from West Bengal State Government

To: The General Secretaries of Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Communist Party of India (CPI), All India Forward Block (AIFB)

Respected friends,

We are horrified by the barbaric attack on the people of Nandigram by a veritable army of CPI(M) cadres and anti-social elements. In a clearly pre-planned move, co-ordinated with the West Bengal government, the CPI(M) is out to recapture what it identifies as lost territory, and to teach the people of Nandigram a lesson for originally resisting the acquisition of their lands for establishment of an SEZ.

The ongoing atrocities, which includes the surrounding of Nandigram from all sides, penetration by armed brigades of CPI(M) cadres, widespread firing, looting, destruction and burning of homes and eviction of thousands of people all signify this absolutely fascist move. The attackers have erected road-blocks all around Nandigram and have physically assaulted and prevented human rights workers and social activists from entering Nandigram, and have also prevented the injured from getting medical attention. More disturbingly, the police has remained a silent spectator, suggesting direct abetment by the state government of West Bengal. These horrifying atrocities, which have given rise to a humanitarian crisis, are being committed by the CPI(M) in collusion with the state government, which is a government of Left parties like yours, and would become a permanent blot on the history of the Left movement in India.

We have seen, and greatly appreciated, the courageous and pro-people stand your respective parties had taken after the 14th March massacre in Nandigram. Together with the outpouring of indignation and protests by all sections of the people, it was your constant pressure that made the West Bengal government back off from acquiring the land of Nandigram. At this critical juncture in front of the Left in India, when all the gains made by peoples’ struggles and sacrifices in creating the Left Front is in danger of being lost by the unilateral and fascistic action of one party, we appeal to you to take a stand and clearly come out on the side of the poor and working people. We request you to condemn the actions of the CPI(M) and demand a halt to the atrocities in Nandigram, withdraw from the Left Front, withdraw your ministers from the West Bengal state cabinet and act in unison with the greater peoples’ movement that is taking place around Nandigram and other mass struggles.

The CPI(M) is already isolated from the people, it is up to you to isolate it from the Left Front. It is up to you stop these brutalities being inflicted on the people and to prevent the collapse of peoples’ trust in the Left movement in India. History has put a great responsibility on your shoulders today, and we sincerely hope that you would take these actions which would express your long-standing commitment to the common people of India.

TO SIGN THIS PETITION PLEASE VISIT — http://www.petitiononline.com/rspcpifb/petition.html

 

 

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Ghutiari Sharif is a nondescript village in the South-24 Parganas district of West Bengal. It is where the notable medieval Islamic ascetic’s – Pir Ghazi Mubarak Shah – mazar is situated. Yesterday (03.08.2007), marked the death anniversary of this ascetic and there were over a lac of visitors who came to offer prayers. Legend has it that the ascetic possessed spiritual powers, and it was he who had once brought rainfall ending a long period of drought back in the days, providing relief for the suffering mass. It was through intensive meditation carried out in this very mazar (which now draws lacs of visitors) that this ascetic was believed to have made this possible. But it cost him his life. It was both tragic and miraculous at the same time. No wonder then that the mood of the place was marked by both a sense of fervent celebrations and also that of gratitude towards the almighty. People from all walks of life, traveling great distances had come to be a part of this holy event.

A word of caution for travelers: Ghutiari Sharif is otherwise quite notoriously renowned for being a hub of criminals, and there is also a huge presence of red light areas here. IF you are planning to visit this place you must be cautious about your belongings and not carry any expensive materials with you. I heard that all pick pockets that operate in the cities are trained here!!