What is the Rest, CPIM?
It is sad to find a mammoth political party (CPIM, I mean to say) losing an election battle so miserably after ruling the state of West Bengal almost thirty five years without a break. Everyone should admit that CPIM brand of the Bengal communists, after the great split of the undivided Communist Party of India in 1964, has appeared as the unblemished source of hope and inspiration to the people of West Bengal and to those of other states of India. Sacrifice of the people, especially of the poor people, for the growth of CPIM till yesterday is a part of history. Now, with 39 members in the state legislature and with nearly 40 percent of the combined left votes, CPIM looks like a skeleton of the giant that it was two months back. Hence, it is the time for introspection and for finding short turn and long turn wise measures so that the party can again grow into a major political force to challenge All India Trinamul Congress which has been blessed by the people to rule this state.
As the Indian communists of all brands have inherent tendency to reach to the wrong decision at every turn of history, one can expect little from the high profile members of the CPIM. The accounts of this party to commit mistakes one after another and to seek excuse for the mistakes made decades before is a matter of disgrace, although the communist leaders have tried to project this experience of the people as gloriously as possible. This is one of the reasons for the electorates of West Bengal to vote them out, because Jesus Christ would even consider it impossible to excuse the kind of mistakes-maker as these communists are.
On the other hand, a strong opposition political force is an inevitable necessity for the parliamentary democracy to run with desired degree of performance. West Bengal has only the left under the leadership of the CPIM to take this serious responsibility. If the CPIM will behave properly to play the part which has been historically fixed for it, of course, for the days to follow, is a million bucks question. Its failure to rise to the demanded occasion would not ensure good for the social-economic and political health of West Bengal and of India as a nation as a whole.
Unfortunately, high-sounding promises in respect of rectification pronounced on the public platforms by the contemporary stalwarts of the CPIM reminds us the popular phrase which states that empty vessels sound much. Is it possible for the general members and sympathizers of these Bengal communists to show natural courage in raising a few unpalatable questions? Is it possible for the followers to demand that some of the senior leaders must be thrown out of the party to save the party before its death certificate is issued finally? CPIM as one of the political parties in India is not sure to breathe last tomorrow or day after tomorrow. Chances are there for it not to get distinguished from a few other operators in the political arena.
One should, at this point, like to know who among the leaders must be ousted from the party immediately before they cause more damage to the party. The list will not be short, obviously. The most undesirable are the following:
1) Benoy Konar
2) Nirupam Sen
3) Anil Bose
4) Laxman Seth
5) Gautam Deb
6) Buddhadeb Bhattacharya
7) Dipak Sarkar
8) Sushanta Ghose
9) Amitava Nandy
10) Mohammad Selim
11) Biman Bose
12) Shyamal Chakraborty
13) Amiya Patra
14) Ashoke Bhattacharya
It is not difficult to understand that performance of the above-named leaders has been detrimental to the general interest of the party. Their activities, gestures and words have sharply eroded the support-base of the party. Slangs used by these mature Bengal communists, their body language with limitless and aggressive violence, autocrat-like audacity and double standard in lifestyle have been instrumental to the dressing down of a solid political party that CPIM once was.
There are others in the party who have used the party to create fortune for their family and who have unholy association with the anti-socials and criminals. They can be easily identified by the general members of the party in their respective locality. Tapan Ghose, Sukur Ali, Mazid master, Anuj Panda, Dalim Panda and many others belong to this section.
Yes, cleansing is urgent, and it is unavoidably urgent for the party to gain back its previous status. People are not ready to welcome or even tolerate the leaders whom they have already tasted and found worthless for all practical purposes.
One may ask who then will be the torch-bearers. The question is simple and the answer is known. CPIM has the largest number of members, and some of them, there are reasons to believe, have not yet been spoiled. They may be chosen from the age group of 20-30. They must be allowed to think and work independent of the unproductive burden of the solid rock of their predecessors. The old and senior lot must be sent to their home or barrack if something good is to be achieved.
CPIM, with the worn leaves completely shredded, may prove demanding in India at this junction of time, but people want to see a new form of the communists, communists who are truly dedicated to democracy and humanity. American imperialism or America (if one does feel annoyed at the touch of the term imperialism) has succeeded in turning India as its happy play ground. The nationalist forces are, it is not a great surprise, ready to sacrifice national interest for regional political expediencies. Hungry humans would go on increasing in millions because of the economic measures the government will go on taking on different pleas in days to come. Time will tell if CPIM can dissociate itself from the sinners who are still very much present within its fold and if it can ensure freedom and democracy in the truest sent of the terms.