|Art in Anguish against WB govt.
action in Singur & Nandigram
|Why this Art ?
After the Elections in May 2006, the Suddenly-Capitalist-turned-Communist (CPIM) led Govt. of West Bengal under chief
minister Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, started acquiring prime agricultural land for multinationals like Tata (the same Tata of
the famous CPIM slogan "Tata Birla nipat jao" or "Down with Tata Birla" in Bengali !), Salem (who had helped Gen. Suharto
in the process of termination of communists in Indonesia), DOW Chemicals (Notorious maker and supplier of Agent
Orange and Napalm used in Vietnam war) etc.
This led to a "Save the Agricultural Land movement" or "Krishi Jomi Bachao Andolan" starting from Singur. But the WB govt
forcibly acquired the land (about 1000 acres) for their new friend Tata, in Singur beating up villagers mercilessly resulting in
1 death(Rajkumar Bhul) and later rape and burning of Tapasi Malik, a young activist. (being investigated by CBI).
That was not enough. They issued a notice for acquiring a much larger chunk of land (about 40000 acres) for setting up a
Chemical Hub by DOW Chemicals. The villagers of Nandigram formed "Anti Land Eviction Committee" or "Jomi Uchchhed
Protirodh Committee" and stopped all entry of govt personnel entering Nandigram by cutting off all entry roads to the area.
The govt, along with hired goons and party cadres of the main ruling party, dressed up as police, in a ploy to enter the
village carried out a well planned Genocide killing 14 as per govt. figure and Hundreds by other sources. The free media
was not allowed to enter the area, like in Singur, which caused a lot of embarrassment for the govt.
This Genocide caused an uproar by the intellectuals in Kolkata and rest of the country. Poets protested through their poetry,
which can be read on our pages of Singur Nandigram Poetry. Artists protested through their Art. Kolkata and other cities and
towns of West Bengal witnessed protest marches on its streets such as never before.
We have collected some of those Art and have placed them here for posterity.
Art in Anguish
(Just click on any picture to see enlarged view)