Kolkata : “ Not many times, Bengal tries to forget any person or throws him into tunnels of History or carries on analysis about a person after his death. However it has been warranted as the present ruling party in its’ search for an identity figure to boast of, pertaining to the independence period , has excavated that person from the gutters of history and is trying to bestow greatness on him“ said a visibly irritated Educationist Prof Mihir Bhattacharya ,Former Head of Department of English of Famed Jadvapur University ( which has been adjudged as a Centre of Excellance in English literature in the country by UGC) addressing in a high profile talk on “Shyamaprasad “ organised as part of a Book publication,centre’d around a factual analysis of Shyamaprasad Mukherjee , considered to be the ideologue of the ruling Modi led BJP Party.
Prof. Bhattacharya also added that he was distraught and thought of skipping a talk on such a matter , that we all would like to forget, however later understanding the factual representation and Rationality dependent mindset of the author of the book , had consented to come to the programme.
Tracing his economically deprived childhood, resultant of a Forced Partition of Bengal , after being uprooted from Eastern side Bengal ,now Bangladesh , and coming to India during 1950, he said that this realization of his ,stem from his realization of the contribution of Mukherjee , as a prime destroyer of communal harmony and subsequently which led to the devastating partition of Bengal , and then his nefarious role as the master organiser of the landed gentry in Bengal during the Bengal Famine , (even in his village) on communal lines and letting over 3 million Bengali farmers perish in Bengal famine, while he was Food and civil supplies Minister of undivided Bengal .
“Even after independence , he was instrumental in standing up against the first instance of Land Reforms in Independent India at Jammu Kashmir done by Late Sk Abdullah , ( The second being in Kerala by EMS and then by Jyoti Basu led LF Government in West Bengal ), and even the de industrialization process of West Bengal and the flight of capital from Bengal to Western shores , started when he was Minister of Commerce in the PM Nehru’s Cabinet ,and he was insatrumental shifted the Headquarter of the State Bank (Then Imperial bank ) from the then industrially vibrant Kolkata to the then Bombay (now Mumbai). It is not a mere con incidence that western shore based capitalists and their protegé’ Politicians, likes him the most” said the eminent Educationist speaking in the programme at Kolkata.
Speaking on the issue MD Salim , Former MP and CPI(M) Politbureau Member and an eminent parliamentarian over three decades Parliamentary politics experience, that evaluating a Person stems from the understanding of that epoch, especially as after nearly 60 years of that Epoch ,suddenly with vile motive attempt is being made to take all of us to a trance , and to makeshift believe commoners , many of them now a days, only depends on “Whatsapp University” as the only credible source of information. He was a person who self bestowed a Doctorate degree upon himself by the dint of becoming a VC of Calcutta University ,(albeit a controversial nomination, which was primarily taken in consideration of his high Birth , being the son of Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee),he pointed out .
Highlighting that “ Civilizational Value in Bengal can never be eroded through the win or loss in one or two election , and the ground of these divisive forces has been prepared by the present ruling regime in the last 10 years ,who has abolished the culture assimilation , that has been a mark of Bengal , making the soil ripe, for divisive forces”.
However truly Shyamaprasad can be said to be the Guru of present day “turncoats” of Politics , which is now an essential credential of a so called ruling politician , and searching history it can be found that he became Ministers in Cabinet led by Muslim leagues’ Fazlul Haque , (Muslim League ) despite being a Leader of Hindu Mahasabha. Earlier he was also a Minister in Congress led pre partition cabinet in Bengal , and then Nehru Led First Indian Cabinet .Incidentally he had ditched Congress in the 30s’ decade ,when the Congress Central Leadership had decided in the 30’s decade to resign all its Ministerial Position in all the 9 provinces of India that it had then under its control, to concentrate on struggle for Indian Independence .
Interestingly he again left his parental party Hindu Mahasabha ,when that Party called for abandoning Politics , inview of Partition Plans , and work within common people in the ground level after refugee problem erupted. During such trying times when each and every other Political Party was working to work out commonality between them , to realize the larger cause of Indian Independence , then it was this person ,who looked only at contradictions , to jeopardize the concept of “ Mahajati “ ( (Assimilation of all humanity )of Tagore to Netaji, who even dedicated the Biggest Auditorium of that time (1936) for building this cause, and named it as “ Mahajati Sadan “Auditorium , which was inaugurated by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore . Such divisiveness cannot be Patriotism,he quipped in the programme which was moderated by activist and educationist Swati Chakraborty.
“Even Atalbehari Bajpayee after becoming Prime Minister ,did not tried to rehabilitate Shyamaprasad , despite the fact that he was Personal secretary of Shyamaprasad , shows the present day bankruptcy of Modi-Amit Shah . The attempt is being made, he quipped “as to give a respectability to RSS -Sangh Parivar who are primarily known as the killer of Mahatma Gandhi, and present them with a Primary Identical figure, to boast of ,during the period of Indian Independence . Especially as to everybody still the facts remain that it was the proponents of Hindutva, like Shyamaprasad , who have tried to sabotage , freedom movement , from their very inception”.
Pointing out that “Artistes like Painter Somnath Hore ,Jainal Abedin painted Bengal Famine, and of Black Marketers and Hoarders , and Shyamaprasad s historical analysis shows his determination to fight for the cause of Black marketers and Hoarders , as a right of Business , even during times of Bengal Famine, where over 3 million poor peasantry and rural folks perished in hunger, in want of food. Even Avant Garde Poet Sukanta Bhattacharya , had told of the raj of Hoarders and Black Marketersqqq to precipitate Famine , during 1943, when he was Food and Civil supplies Minister.
“While Bengal’s cultural ethos’ led by Tagore ,spoke of Social Integration ,while his works pioneered disintegration , and is perhaps in construe with BJP s idea of Membership Based Indian citizenship as had been recently reflected after NRC in Assam” he commented .
In his Speech Legal Expert Ace Lawyer Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya pointed that Shyamaprasad was never an integrating factor even for his own Religion, and can be only regarded as an icon of “Brahminism or Brahmanyabad” and such and reactionary person has rightfully been devoid of any place in Progressive Bengal and his attempts to make a ethnic fragmentation , makes him unworthy to be mentioned along with Tagore, Kaji Najrul Islam ,CR DAS, Netaji, to Jyoti Basu .
In his Speech Senior legal expert Congress leader Arunava Ghosh said that the countrys’ judiciary is reacting like it did during the initial phases of Emergency , and which has been later admitted as denial of justice by the Supreme Court itself .
He said that Congress leaders that denial of justice to Congress leader P Chidambarams’ to Supreme Court forbading the General Secretary of a National political Party (nee’ CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury )as not to speak to Media or make any Political Discourse in Kashmir , which they feel is in a perfect democratic shape according to the ruling Party and its followers . They are followers of this person ,Shyamaprasad , who , according to all probability and facts , has been a master of falsification.
He added that a “Prime Minister whose certificate reads that he is a Masters on “Entire Political Science “ , can be bestowed as the real follower of one who bestowed Doctorate upon himself , after being VC of CU ,through invisible hands , and High birth”.
Saying this, he went on quote George Orwells “Animal Farm”,saying that “They want us to believe that “ War is Peace ,Freedom is Slavery and Ignorance in Strength”.