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The Many Faces of ‘Parivartan’

West Bengal under Mamata Banerjee, 2011–21

Between 2011 and 2021 West Bengal was dominated by the personality of Mamata Banerjee and the period can be described as the Mamata era. She destroyed the power of both the Maoists and Left Front after coming to power, introduced several populist schemes and appeared to be the undisputed ruler of the state by 2016. However, she committed a same-side goal in the panchayat election of 2018 and gave a fresh lease of life to the opposition. Ironically, it was not the left but the right that capitalised on it.


In 2011, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI[M])-led Left Front government in West Bengal fell after 34 years of power, to a well-coordinated movement which brought Mamata Banerjee at the helm of affairs as chief minister. In 2021, with the Baner­jee-led All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) government completing a decade in power, a discussion on this period of West Bengal’s history is necessary. What has been the experience of “parivartan,” the slogan with which Banerjee came to power?

Transition to the Mamata Era

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Updated On : 8th Jun, 2021
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