From tweets to books – Mamata Banerjee’s consistent protests against DeMonetisation

On the evening of November 8, 2016, the Prime Minister suddenly announced on television that all Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes were being withdrawn, starting immediately. This stunned one and all. To enable people to exchange the notes with currency of other denominations, a 50-day window was given.

This disastrous step – supposedly for combating black money, stopping the funding of terrorists and what not, all of which turned out to be highly misleading – in fact, was condemned at every level and by almost all economists of repute, including some of the leading international ones, and several leading politicians.

However, Chief Minister and All India Trinamool Congress Chairperson, Mamata Banerjee stood out for having the foresight to condemn this dire step in no uncertain terms from day one. She was the first and certainly the most strident critic of this ill-thought-out step, and still continues to be so. In fact, her first series of tweets went out on November 8 itself, and they spread like wildfire and gave courage to many to come out openly against demonetisation in the coming days, months and years.

The people of the country suffered endlessly for this little-planned step of the Central Government. More than 130 people died just because of ill-health from standing for hours in queues in front of banks, trying to exchange their currency notes.

Not just that, the Prime Minister’s promise of all problems being solved by December 30, the last day of demonetisation, turned out to be a mirage. The desert of despair spread far and wide, and parched dry people’s livelihoods and savings. Demonetisation and the resultant shortage of currency notes caused many small business establishments to down shutters. As a result, the workers working there lost their jobs – a few lakhs across the country.

The closing down of businesses caused a huge loss to the economy of the country, from which it is yet to recover fully.

After November 8, Mamata Banerjee continued tweeting out her thoughts on demonetisation, and still does whenever required. She never forgets to remind people of the cruel step taken. Alongside, she wrote a book and a poem too, condemning the Centre’s decision.

The book, Note Katha, and the poem, deal with all the troubles which demonetisation caused to the common people. The book was released at the 2017 Kolkata International Book Fair and became a bestseller.

During the period of demonetisation, Mamata Banerjee led several street protests and multi-party public meetings across the State and the country – in Kolkata and other places in Bangla, and in Delhi, Lucknow and Patna. Everyone rallied around her and extended their support to her, and gathered courage to lead further protests in their own ways. Trinamool Congress Members of Parliament organised protests at Parliament and led efforts in cornering the Central Government inside both Houses of Parliament on the issue.

The Trinamool Congress Government in Bangla was not just content with protesting. It did its best in helping people. The Samarthan Scheme was introduced to help people who had to return to the State after losing their jobs, especially those doing contract-based and odd jobs, to start their own businesses. It was a much-appreciated effort, and the people’s love and respect for their beloved Didi increased manifold.

Mamata Banerjee continues to speak out against demonetisation, and has made it a plank to attack the atrocious governance of the government at the Centre. Her foresight, quick thinking and courageous step on that fateful night of November 8, the ripples from which soon turned into a high tide of condemnation country-wide, will forever be remembered in the modern history of India.


Singur landowners to get back land after Durga Puja: Mamata Banerjee

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said landowners in Singur will get possession of land after Durga Puja festival.

“After Puja all land owners will get their land back. It will be fit for agriculture,” Chief Minister said after an administrative review meeting here in Hooghly district.

She said she was happy to be part of the fight of farmers who were getting back their land.

1,768 land owners have so far taken cheques from the government while 10,747 ‘parchas’ (land deeds) have been given so far, Partha Chatterjee said.


সিঙ্গুরের চাষীরা পুজোর পরে চাষযোগ্য জমি পাবেন:‌ মমতা

পুজোর পর সিঙ্গুরের জমি চাষযোগ্য করে কৃষকদের ফিরিয়ে দেওয়া হবে। বৃহস্পতিবার চূচূঁড়া ময়দানে এক সভায় একথা জানিয়েছেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা ব্যানার্জি।

হুগলি জেলা প্রশাসনের সঙ্গে বৈঠকে মুখ্যমন্ত্রী নির্দেশ দিয়েছেন, ২১ অক্টোবরের মধ্যে সিঙ্গুরের জমি চাষের উপযুক্ত করে তুলতে হবে। এই লক্ষ্যমাত্রা সামনে রেখে সব দপ্তরকেই কাজ জোরদার করতে হবে।

‘‌রাজনৈতিক স্থিরতা মানেই উন্নয়নে গতিশীলতা। আর সবাই ভাল না থাকলে আমি ভাল থাকি না’‌, বলেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী। সিঙ্গুর প্রসঙ্গ টেনে বলেন, সিঙ্গুরের মানুষ জমি ফিরে পেয়েছেন। তাঁরা পরচা পেয়েছেন, চেকও দেওয়া হয়েছে। পুজোর পরে জমিও ফিরিয়ে দেওয়া হবে। সেখানে তাঁরা চাষ শুরু করতে পারবেন।

Mamata Banerjee chronicles her Singur andolan in a book

The historic Singur Andolan will now be chronicled in a book which has been written by none other than Mamata Banerjee, who had been at the helm of the mass movement. The movement had lent a voice to millions of the farmers and working-class people who have been fighting for their rights.

At the Singur Diwas rally, Mamata Banerjee said that she has already started penning a book on Singur.

It was the Singur Land Movement that started a nationwide debate on the draconian 1894 land acquisition act and finally forced the Centre to draft a new legislation.

The new book, which is expected to be released at the Kolkata International Book Fair 2017, will feature the leader’s experiences and thoughts relating to the Singur Movement.

Mamata Banerjee has so far authored 63 books, including ten in English, all of which have been bestsellers.


সিঙ্গুর আন্দোলন নিয়ে বই লিখছেন মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়

সিঙ্গুরের ১০ বছরের ঐতিহাসিক আন্দোলন এবার নথিভুক্ত হবে বইয়ের পাতায়। মাননীয়া মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় কৃষক ও শ্রমিদের অধিকার রক্ষার লড়াইয়ের বৃহত্তর আন্দোলন নিয়ে বই লিখবেন।

সিঙ্গুর দিবসের সভা থেকে মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় ঘোষণা করেন যে, ইতিমধ্যেই সিঙ্গুরের আন্দোলন নিয়ে তিনি একটি বই লিখছেন।

এটি সিঙ্গুরের সেই জমি আন্দোলন, ১৮৯৪ সালের ভূমি অধিগ্রহণ আইন যা নিয়ে দেশব্যাপী বিতর্ক শুরু হয়েছিল এবং পরিশেষে কেন্দ্র একটি নতুন আইন প্রণয়ন করতে বাধ্য করেছিল।

২০১৭ সালের আন্তর্জাতিক কলকাতা বইমেলায় যে নতুন বইটি মুক্তি পাবে বলে আশা করা হচ্ছে তা সিঙ্গুর আন্দোলন নিয়েই রচিত হবে।

এর আগে মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের লেখা ৬৩টি বই (এর মধ্যে ১০টি ইংরেজি) ইতিমধ্যেই জনপ্রিয়তা অর্জন করেছে।

Jago Bangla stall wins hearts at Kolkata Book Fair

The 39th International Book Fair which was inaugurated on the 27 January is buzzing with book enthusiasts.

This year Jago Bangla – the official party mouthpiece – has been depicted through a stall which has been modeled around theme communal harmony. The figures at the entrance of the stall depict a Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian showcasing unity in diversity and the motto the party firmly believes in.

Dola Sen, West Bengal State President of the Indian National Trinamool Trade Union Congress, said “Our Leader Mamata Banerjee has an open mind and heart. TMC is also an open platform. Like Mamata Banerjee our party accommodates people from different castes and creeds. Our country is now in crisis because of BJP, but our culture here is university in diversity. Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian all stand in communal harmony here and our stand is anti-communalism.”

“Mamata Banerjee has come up with this special theme of Dhamsha Madol, Ektara and Veena and the entire stall has been made using old recycled Jago Bangla newsletters keeping in mind the environment” she added.

The Biswa Bangla stall of the West Bengal Government was also thronged by people.

This year seven books by Mamata Banerjee were released at the Book Fair, taking the total number of books written by her to 53.

Here are some images from the book fair:


Jago Bangla display stands made with recycled paper


A slice of Bengal at Book Fair


Baul performance at Jago Bangla stall


The ektara at Jago Bangla stall


Dhamsa-Madol signifying Adivasis at Jago Bangla stall


 Collage of the Chairperson