The Election Commission’s unprecedented move to invoke special powers to end campaigning in West Bengal 24 hours before its time is gross over-reaction. A long-drawn, seven-phase election was meant to prevent precisely such trouble. This is not just a failure of law enforcement agencies but also of the Election Commission.
In ugly BJP vs Trinamool fight, it’s Bengal’s intellectual pride that is getting hurt
Vandalisation of educationist and reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue in Bengal after Amit Shah’s roadshow is symbolic but not shocking. In their mindless hunger for votes, both BJP and TMC are turning Bengal into a communal boiling pot. But the pillars holding up Bengal’s intellectual pride are taking the hit.
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