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Agrarian Backdrop of Bengal Violence

Rural violence in West Bengal seems for the moment to be contained within the three districts of Midnapore, Hooghly and Bankura, but if the CPI(M) and the state government continue to throttle protests through use of muscle-power and the police and the administration, the killing and mayhem will spill over into the rest of the state. The clashes look set to intensify after the next assembly elections.

Of late, only murder, mayhem and carnage have qualified as news of rural West Bengal. But there has been another casualty in the villages – the ringing gunshots and explosion of bombs have drowned the voice of protest that would speak up against oppression.

For the moment, the clashes seem contained within three districts of Bengal – Midnapore, Hooghly and Bankura. But if the ruling CPI(M) and the government keep up throttling protest with their proud display of muscle-power, police and administration, as they have been wont to do over the past one-and-a-half decades, the violence will spill over any day into the rest of the state. The clashes look set to intensify after the next assembly elections.

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