Land Grab, Bloodshed, Rape, Murder, Police Brutality, Flag March, Court’s Indulgence, High-Profile Visit, Demonstration, Debate in Legislature, Suicide, Editorial… …the list is endless. All these have happened in the recent past at NANDIGRAM (pronounced as nondigram by locals).
Since then, the countryside area, 70 km south-west of City of Joy ‘Kolkata’, is no more a Bengali-speaking village. Nandigram is now My Village, Your Village, and Everyone’s Village.
It is also not a place where a special economic zone or SEZ planned by the state government led by India’s incorrigible Left Front is facing violent resistance. It has in fact become a political chessboard that will be discussed in the eastern state as well as whole of India for years to come.
Each one and everyone is approaching this issue with a very definite motive as the agitation at Nandigram is turning uglier. Undoubtedly, the until unheard rural area is being converted into a political laboratory for all practical purposes.
Critics say this is destined to become the biggest land grab in post-colonial India, given the lack of transparency and rampant corruption in government. Others feel that with upcoming SEZs, India will be a ‘superpower’ by 2020. Is Nandigram then a ‘superlaboratory’ !!!