Back with a bong
Didi ko gussa kyon aata hai? Because we’ve forgotten what Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow
Rudyard Kipling called Kolkata the city of dreadful night and given the many dharnas, rasta rokos, bandhs, strikes and protests Kolkata has endured, it does seem as if it is indeed a city of dreadful knights. But when her particular knight is attacked, the queen always rushes to the rescue, just as Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee stormed in to protest when CBI officials arrived at the doorstep of the Bengal police commissioner.
How dare imperious Delhi threaten proud Bengal’s top cop, which as speakers of Bonglish know, must be pronounced ‘tough cough’? In poll season this attack on Bengal is certainly not a matter for polite coughing nor even for laughing. It’s politics, stupid! When votes are at stake, dharna se kyon darna?
Some said Didi was only engaging in maach fixing, because she was trying to make maacher jhol out of rule of law. Others said ruling BJP dadas in Delhi were trying too hard to sing Didi tera kya hoga. Either way the CM showed no mamata and decided she would go on dharna to protest against what she called PM Modi’s adharma. Will 2019 be about dada vs didi? Not quite because behanji Mayawati and behan Priyanka are already in the mix too. BJP may have only one Big Brother but in the opposition there are many Big Sisters.
The opposition mahagathbandhan recently had its big show of strength in Kolkata and vowed to defeat the Modi-led BJP. We musn’t forget that the great GK Gokhale once said that what Bengal thinks today, the rest of India thinks tomorrow. Will India get a Bengali prime minister soon? When Jyoti Basu narrowly lost the prime ministership in what he described as a “historic blunder” it was almost as bad for Bengali pride as Odisha’s recent attempt to seize the rosogolla patent.
Modi may be confident of taking on Bengal’s politicians but can he take on the Royal Bengal tigress? As TV cameras zoomed in to Didi’s protest and every opposition politician lined up behind her, it became clear that Didi was gearing up for a Bengal vs Delhi football match with herself as the star forward you can’t Messi around with.
Mamata is the warrior neta who brought down a three decade old CPI(M) fortress. Thus, however formidable a 56 inch chest may be, it may not be wise to disregard the big bong theory of Indian politics.