ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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VEGETABLE OILS-Coping with a Record Harvest

in Barrackpore industrial belt: Deaths number many'. Another English daily wrote under the caption 'Gloom and tensions in Panihati' (another suburb of Calcutta): Though Durga Puja festivities continue as usual this year in the Panihati-Sonepur industrial area, gloom and tension is palpable in the narrow lanes off BT Road. These lanes are crowded with kiosks selling eatables not only during the Pujas but all the year round because their proprietors are out of work from the several factories, big and small, that have either been locked out or closed. Nobody knows when these factories will be reopened and this uncertainty is threatening to change the political equation of this once bustling industrial area. Extremely woeful though the situation is for the industrial workers of the Calcutta metropolitan area, far worse is its implications for the Left politics of West Bengal in general and the CPI(M) in particular. The proclaimed backbone of radical politics, the proletariat, is today dispersed, demoralised and paralysed with fear and worries, in the face of a general offensive from the employers, while the Left Front, though in control of the state government, seems helpless.

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