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

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Weak Political Strategy

During an interactive show on television recently West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lost her temper at questions from students on the Park Street and Katwa rape cases, and the arrest of a Jadavpur University lecturer for forwarding a cartoon on email and stalked out of the studio. While doing so, she accused the students of being Maoists.

Like her predecessor Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, she is not accustomed to the culture of acknowledging mistakes. Obviously, her one year in office has not made her a better political strategist. Banerjee lost a perfect platform to set the record straight (according to her). Also, the uncharacteristic alacrity with which the special branch of the Kolkata police started to gather information about the students present on the show is rather alarming.

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