Saugata Roy speaks on the Delhi genocide

Namaskar Sir, thank you. 

I rise to speak on the Delhi genocide. I am not speaking in a happy frame of mind because the Delhi genocide happened 72 years after Gandhi ji was murdered in the same city by a Hindu fanatic. Gandhi ji has been murdered again in Delhi by you know who, Sir. 

Sir, I was listening to one of the Honourable Members. Her speech, if made outside, could be termed as a hate speech. I have seldom heard such a biased, communal speech. I do not know whether this should go up in the House records. The Member was forthright in her defence of a man who went to Maujpur with 300 people and started the riots. She spent five minutes defending the most hated man so may I quote Shakespeare and call her ‘the devil’s advocate’. She is the best devil’s advocate possible. She has also been an advocate for Delhi Police, which has shown total inaction and ineptitude in this whole riot in Delhi. Unfortunately, there are not many takers for Meenakshi ji’s speech.  

Sir, this is what our leader Mamata Banerjee has said, that the Delhi riots were “a planned genocide”. So I must explain why she described it as such. She called it “a planned genocide” because there was gradual build-up to the hatred that led to the riots. First, there was the action taken in JNU against the students. Then, the police went to the Jamia Millia Islamia University and beat up students inside the library. Then, one after another, in the run-up to the Delhi election, one person said, “Goli maro”, and used some other words. Then another said, regarding the Shaheen Bagh protesters, that people will go and do all sorts of things to them. Then the Honourable Home Minister said, “Aap itna zor button dabao ki Shaheen Bagh mein current lage”. Lekin unka baat koi nahi suna, party haar gaya, woh toh dusri baat hain. But he did say, “Itna zor button dabao ki Shaheen Bagh mein current lage”. The hate was being built up, and then this man Kapil Mishra openly said that if the road was not cleared, he shall go with 300 people to clear it up. 

Then what happened, Sir? I’m not counting Hindus and Muslims, because I quote John Donne, who said: “any man’s death diminishes me,/ because I am involved in mankind./ And therefore never send to know for whom/ the bell tolls; it tolls for thee”. This was quoted by Ernest Hemingway in his famous novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls. Sir, I am not counting though I know that out of the 53 people killed, there were two policemen, and 11 belonged to the majority community and 40 to the minority community. I am not naming any community but it’s obvious that the minority community suffered more. And what’s more, thousands of people have fled from the affected areas and gone to their villages in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, or are living with relatives elsewhere in Delhi.

In this city of Delhi, areas like Maujpur, Chand Bagh and Jamuna Vihar were wholly affected. The other areas wholly affected, if I may mention, were Jaffrabad, Seelampur, Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Khajuri Khas, Karawal Nagar, Bhajanpura, Maujpur and Shivpuri. For three days, there was a naked dance of communalism in the streets of Delhi. How did it start? On the 23rd, Kapil Mishra came with a pro-CAA procession and there was a meeting in Jaffrabad. First, a clash took place between pro-CAA and anti-CAA protestors. Women have been sitting at Shaheen Bagh since December 14 but there was no violence. However, BJP leaders kept instigating them, saying “Yeh Shaheen Bagh, yeh deshdrohi hai, isko goli maro, ura do”, aur yeh ghrina charo taraf failne laga. Yahan Meenakshi Lekhi ka jo speech tha, waisa hi sab speech log bahar mein de rahe the

On the 23rd and 24th, the actual rioting started. I was looking for our Honourable Home Minister, and I saw him sitting in a front row sitting in the front row at Motera Stadium welcoming Mr Trump. When he should have been in the police control room he was welcoming Mr trump at Motera. On the 24th, which was a Monday, Mr Trump came to Ahmedabad and then he undertook a romantic visit to Agra, and our Home Minister attended Motera and came back to Delhi, but there was no order for the police. On that day, five people were killed including one head constable Ratan Lal. The violence was escalating, but still there was no clear instruction from the Honourable Home Minister. He was busy at Trump’s meeting. Then on the 25th things went out of control. Armed mobs fought with each other on the streets of Delhi. As the Honourable Member referred to earlier said, Molotov cocktails, stones, bombs and other things were thrown, and ultimately the death toll has gone up to 53. The Honourable Home Minister then had a meeting with the Chief MInister of Delhi and others on the 25th – mind you, not on the 24th when the riots started. He had the meeting on the 25th. And only on the evening of the 25th were the first orders given for imposition of Section 144 and for shoot-at-sight. Still, the violence went on throughout the night of 25th. Only on the 26th did peace return. The police had taken some action. The useless commissioner of Delhi was removed and a new man was brought in. 

Now it has been questioned as to why did the NSA visit these affected areas on the 26th? What was the Home Minister doing? The NSA is supposed to keep track of the threats to the country. But he is going to Kashmir, he is going here and there. Is it his business to control the internal law and order situation? Why was the Home Minister absent from action? There was no explanation for the same. 

When Ajit Doval went, he said, “Jo ho gaya so ho gaya, now there will be peace”. Uske baad se mera ek kavita yaad aya — “Panchi jo udti hai chaman badal giya/.Haste hai sitare gagan badal giya”. Aj shanti, khamoshi bata rahi hai laash wohi hai sirf kafan badal gaya. Kafan badal gaya kyun ki Ahmedabad wapas aya. Sir, Naroda Patia wapas aya; we haven’t forgotten. But the now Honourable Prime Minister said in 2002, “To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”, quoting Isaac Newton. 

At this stage, I feel bad standing face-to-face with the Honourable Home Minister. You are still young, you have a good future if you accept responsibility for your failure to control Delhi riots, if you acknowledge your responsibility for failing to bring peace within three days. You were busy with Trump, so you could not do it. Acknowledge the responsibility in the name of god and go, don’t sit in the Home Minister’s position. If you go now, maybe you  will recover, otherwise you will have to lead the rest of your life with the stamp on your forehead that this is the man who could not prevent the riots in Delhi, just 10 km from the Home Ministry’s headquarters. If you could not control Delhi, how would you control this huge country? 

Sir, I demand a judicial enquiry into the riots by a sitting Supreme Court judge, not a retired judge. I demand total rehabilitation for all those affected by the riots, and lastly, with all politeness at my disposal, I ask the Honourable Home MInister, in the name of god, to go. 


Mamata Banerjee to inaugurate Uttarbanga Utsab today

The week-long Uttarbanga Utsab is set to start from January 20 in Siliguri. This has been an annual fixture for the last few years and is eagerly awaited by the people of the region.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the festival at the Kanchenjunga Stadium. A host of cultural and political personalities will grace the occasion.

The event is aimed at showcasing the rich and diverse culture, art, craft, music, songs and other performing arts of north Bengal. This is the ninth edition of the festival. 

A mega sit and draw competition and felicitation of meritorious students also form part of the festival. Eminent persons excelling in different spheres hailing from north Bengal will be conferred the Banga Ratna Award. 

Krishak Bandhu has helped more than 66 lakh farmers

The Krishak Bandhu Scheme, a brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has provided financial benefits to over 66 lakh farmers across Bangla since its inception. State Finance Minister, Dr Amit Mitra shared this data at the inauguration of ‘Samabay Mela’ at Netaji Indoor Stadium on December 28.

The scheme has been so successful, he said, that many other States have expressed interest in replicating the scheme. Bangla is the only State to have such a comprehensive scheme for farmers.

The State Government has distributed Rs 1,031 crore among 66.2 lakh farmers since the scheme’s inception in 2018 – Rs 601 crore among 38.77 lakh farmers and share-croppers in financial year (FY) 2018-19 and Rs 430 crore among 27.43 lakh in FY 2019-20, with the latter number to increase over the last three months of the financial year.

Krishak Bandhu is a scheme meant to financially empower farmers by giving them a fixed amount per year based on their amount of landholding (a maximum of Rs 5,000 per annum – rabi and kharif season – for one acre or more, and a minimum Rs 2,000 per annum) and also to give a farmer’s family monetary aid (lump sum Rs 2 lakh) in the case of the farmer’s death within the ages of 18 to 60, both due to natural causes or unnatural causes.

Source: Millennium Post


Dr Santanu Sen speaks on practice of hiring villagers as dummy patients to get MCI recognition


Sir, I would request you to kindly allow me to read out.

The subject is ‘hiring villagers to show as patients for medical college hospitals before Medical Council of India to get recognition of MCI’. RIMS Medical College of Raipur, Chattisgarh, is hiring villagers at the rate of Rs 100 to 200 per day to show them as patients to MCI. So most of the admitted patients are healthy villagers. Every day, dummy files of emergency and OPD patients are being prepared. College buses are being used to bring children, youth and elderly persons from villages. Adults are being given Rs 100 to 200 per day and children, Rs 50 to 100 per day. No investigation for them, no dietary request for them. They are there just to make up IPD and OPD numbers.

As per MCI guidelines, for the first four years after the opening of a medical college, a minimum of four OPD patients per day per student intake are required and at the end of fourth year, this should increase to a minimum of eight OPD patients per day per student intake are required.

Sir, it is reflecting on the level of performance of the present board of governors of MCI which has replaced the actual proper functioning of the original MCI. So the Government needs to be very much careful to look after the proper functioning of the MCI and the board of governors.


Didi to launch Jago Bangla festive edition today

Didi will launch the festival edition of Jago Bangla today. She will launch the magazine in the presence of several prominent personalities in the cultural field.

Like every year, this year’s edition too has the main article written by Mamata Banerjee. The other articles are authored by prominent Trinamool politicians and writers.

It will be available both online, on the Trinamool Congress website, as well as in print form.

Song album Mati by Mamata Banerjee to be released before Durga Pujo

A collection of Bengali songs written and composed by Mamata Banerjee, titled Mati, is slated to be released before Durga Pujo. This is the first time that a collection of songs, written and composed by Mamata Banerjee, will be released. All the seven songs in the CD have been sung by star singers.

The songs are ‘Pahar kande sabuj kande’, ‘Mati aamar moner foshol’, ‘Akash tumi bristi dile’, ‘Mago tomar bhalobasae’, ‘Iki uki buki hamba hamba ho’, ‘De dol dol’ and ‘Chhilo ekta chhotto meye’.

Mamata Banerjee has always been drawn towards the concept of ‘mati’ or Mother Earth and has written several poems on conservation of earth and nature. She has also declared July 12 as Save Water, Save Life Day.

Source: Millennium Post


State Govt training homestay owners

In an effort to make homestays more popular, the Bangla Government recently organised a two-day training session in Darjeeling for owners of homestays.

The State Tourism Minister inaugurated the training. He announced that such training sessions would henceforth be held two to three times a year. He also asked the homestays to register with the State Government so that they were able to get all the facilities provided by the State.

Representatives of 287 homestays from Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts participated in the training. Among the issues tackled during the training were adequate supply of drinking water, cleanliness, environment-friendly facilities (creating a plastic-free environment, etc), adequate power supply, stable Wi-Fi facilities in the rooms, transportation facilities for tourists and others.

Tourism festival to be held in North Bengal this winter

For the first time, the State Government will organise a tourism festival this winter in North Bengal. It will showcase the local traditions, cultures as well as offbeat destinations.The project was approved recently by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The details of the festival were outlined by the Tourism Minister. The festival will be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 15 to December 21.

The first edition will be held at the offbeat destinations of Meteli, Gajoldoba (Jalpaiguri district) Rajabhatkhawa (Alipurduar district), Sitong (Darjeeling district), Pedong (Kalimpong district) and Talidighi (Dakshin Dinajpur district).

The festival will lay stress on low-cost homestays, resorts, Swiss tents as well as local art products, cultural performances, jungle safaris and travelling to various locations (at Jayanti Forest, Chilapata, Buxa Fort, etc.), bird-watching, adventure sports, activities around bonfires at campsites and of course, gastronomical experiences. The venues will host blog writers, tourism experts and celebrities during the course of the festival.

Importantly, the festival will be an eco-friendly, plastic-free event. Medical support and ambulances will also be present at the venues. Pick-ups from and drops to the local airport and railway stations will be available. Token memorabilia will also be given to the tourists.

Each venue we will have accommodation for around 125 guests, of whom 25 will be accommodated in tents and the remaining 100 in home stays, on twin-sharing basis. Guests will be charged Rs 1,250 per person per day.

The State Government has allotted a budget of around Rs 2 crores. Booking for the festival can be made online through the WBTDC website and the official portals of the districts.

Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman 2019 registrations now open

Like every year, the state government will award the best Puja committees across the state for their performance in several segments this year. Puja committees outside Bengal – in India and abroad – will also be honoured.

On Tuesday, Minister of State (MoS) for the Information and Cultural Affairs and Tourism department announced that Puja committees can register for the competition till September 26. He stated that the number of Puja committees winning awards may increase in 2019. He also informed that this year, the Durga Puja Carnival will take place at Red Road on October 11, while the winners will be announced soon after the Puja.

The entry form for Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman will be available from the Kolkata Information Centre. Puja committees across the city can apply online as well. Puja committees in the districts will have to collect the application form from the office of the District Information and Cultural officer and Sub-Divisional Information and Cultural officer. Bengalis across the country and abroad will also participate in the competition like previous years and their applications will be received online.

Singur Dibas: Celebrating the victory of farmers

September 14 is celebrated as Singur Dibas in Bangla. On this day in 2016, Mamata Banerjee had handed over land deeds (parcha) and compensation cheques to farmers in Singur.

The reason for the celebrations was the passing of the historic verdict by the Supreme Court on the preceding August 31, when it declared that the land acquired in Singur by the erstwhile Left Front Government was illegal and unconstitutional.

Around 9,117 land deeds were handed over in 2016. About 800 compensation cheques were handed over by the Chief Minister and her Cabinet colleagues to those farmers who had to unwillingly part with their land.

Check dams have been constructed and tube-wells set up for irrigation in Singur. Soil testing was done and fertilisers for making the land fertile and cultivable made available for the farmers.