Dr. Saradindu Mukherjee
Dr. Saradindu Mukherji, is a historian, formerly with Delhi University and currently a Member of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi.
We are standing at the crossroads of history. Much depends on the fulfillment of promises by various stakeholders in the months to come. Bengalis, as true Indians can not forget for a moment that India’s progress and emerging position in the Comity of Nations depends on their effective role in various domains of our national life.
We can all see a very unfortunate trend in Bengal’s political and cultural life- a systematic attempt being made by a well-entrenched lobby to create a distance between West Bengal and the rest of the country. To criticize political opponents as outsiders ( bohiragoto) is highly condemnable and dangerous. By that logic, some of the most iconic figures of Bengal/Indian history would be branded as outsiders elsewhere. The father-figures of Indian nationalism like Womesh Chandra Bonnerjee, Surendranath Banerjee, Romesh Chandra Dutta among many other Bengali celebrities ought to have been ostracized when they were active outside Bengal in spreading the message of national regeneration. What would they say about Sri Aurobindo who had lived and worked in Baroda and Pondicherry? By this weird logic, the young Bengali revolutionary Jatin Das who died fasting for 63 days in the British jail of Lahore had no right to protest in Punjab. There is the unique case of India’s greatest hero since Chhatrapati Shivaji- Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, whose glorious theatres of activities were in real foreign lands ! And then, Syama Prasad Mookerjee would have never founded the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, if the people in Delhi or elsewhere had barred his entry in their territory.
The simple message is that some of these politicians who have openly welcomed the Rohingyas and illegal Muslim infiltrators from Bangladesh against the laws of the land and logic of history must ponder over their misdeeds. Hence, the nationalist forces have to ensure that West Bengal does not turn into a component of some Islamic countries. Certainly West Bengal needs to be reminded that despite Bakhyiyar Khilji, Murshid Quli Khan, Aivardy khan, Wahabis and Farazis, Muslim League, it remains essentially the land of Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Swami Vivekananada and Harichand Thakur.
I suggest the following measures: (Briefly)
1. What West Bengal needs immediately is restoration of law and order. Rampant lawlessness must be put down as early as possible.
2. Implementing the CAA 2019 at the earliest, so that no Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Christian, Sikh and Parsi refugee- victim of religio-ethnic cleansing from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan is denied the Indian citizenship as promised by the GOI.
3. Weeding out the illegal Muslim infiltrators.
4. Planned and rapid re-industrialisation. (This, I leave for economists and other specialists to suggest).
5. Educational institutions have to be reorgainsed without any compromise so that West Bengal regains its position as an academic hub of the best quality.
6. Merit based employment must be ensured.
7. Last but not the least, organized anti-Hindu policies and terrorizing them have to be reversed and crushed. The state machinery can not remain anti-Hindu and a silent bystander
8. Every Bengali who consider himself/herself as children of Bharat Mata and proudly sing Bande Mataram must strive to make Bengal prosperous, progressive and peaceful. To achieve all these easily-achievable goals, it is very important that there is no demographic imbalance.