Bengal is burning

Written by RAMAKANT TIWARI

Rabindranath Tagore composed once imaginatively –

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high

Where knowledge is free

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments

By narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth of truth

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into ever-widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

So retorts Ramakant Tiwari, lamenting in utter despair and disgust –

Where mind is full of fear, head droops in despair,

Where knowledge is trashed in bin,

Where life is shattered into sobs and fragments,

By ever-flowing rivers of blood,

Where cries of agony echo from depth of miseries,

Where tireless bigot politicians strive to loot and destroy,

Where stream of reason, now an overflowing gutter,

Into the dreary desert sand of fierce riots and butchery,

Where mind is led downward by scallywags,

Into ever-narrowing cauldrons of hell-fire,

From that Hell of bigotry, my Father, let me escape.

Bengal has been burning and flames leaping high above into space. “Robindro Shongeet” drowns desperate wails of help and “Rashogollas” sweeten mouth of every rapist. “Poribortan” Didi has turned out to be a devilish despot now eligible to be arrested under National Security Act and imprisoned for life if not hanged to death. Constitution didn’t authorise her to play with life, liberty, security and prosperity of lakhs of natives of Bengal.

From 1999 to 2002, Shutia in North 24-Paraganas, hardly 60 km away from Kolkata, Sushanta Chowdhary and his gang members unleashed mass rapes and sexual torture of any and every woman they came across anywhere, under protection of Jyoti “Boshu” Government. Nobody dared to file even FIR and mass-rape of all women/girls continued for 3 years. When one young school teacher Barun Biswas finally mustered courage to stand up, action or a semblance of it, was indeed undertaken though Barun Biswas was duly gunned down later. By the way, Bengal is dotted with Shutias. Let us go deeper into past. If I correctly remember, it was 1974 when the jam-packed Rabindra Sarovar auditorium in Kolkata holding a cultural programme, was raided and ran-sacked by Leftist butchers. The orgy continued for hours and next morning, heaps of ladies clothes, torn to tatters, were discovered by people all around. It came to be notorious as ‘Rabindra Sarovar Kaand’ later. Nobody knows what action was taken later, whether even FIR was filed at all.

Will anyone believe today, Bengal has been the land of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Swami Vivekananda, patriots like Dr. SP Mukherjee who sacrificed his life for the sake of nation’s integrity? Will Bengal-Bhadraloka enlighten me whether nation be proud of Swami Vivekananda, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya, Khudiram Bose or be exceedingly ashamed of Naxalite Charu Mazumdar, Marxist Jyoti Boshu and now Jihadi MamataB ? Why and how is that CPM’s Jyoti Boshu continued ruining Bengal for more than three decades like a marauder while winning elections after elections simultaneously ? Bengal-Bhadraloka  could muster enough enlightenment to defeat the longest serving CPM’s Chief Minister only to opt for AITMC’s Mamata. From an inferno to a fire-pit !! Why is that Bengal-Bhadraloka  had always been intensely allergic to Hindu-unity in the name of the sham of secularism and inflicted severe wounds upon themselves due to that ? And centuries, generations were wasted away before they could realise root-cause of their miseries !!! It is a mind-boggling enigmatic riddle as to why Hindu is able to appreciate Hindu-unity only after undergoing very long spells of humiliation, brutalities and tortures spanning centuries when only first phase of agonies should have been enough to call that ‘Enough is enough’.

Let us still go deeper into past. Maharashtra Purana of 18th century narrates annual Maratha raids in Bengal from 1742 to 1751. It’s Maratha poet Gangaram described terror-stricken Bengalis very strangely tolerating terror with not even a semblance of resistance.

And do you know whom he blamed? Will you be able to believe that? Bengalis!

Thus he described poetically as under –

None worshipped Radha-Krishna, filled are they with sin,

Day and night they pleased themselves with other’s women,

All time was spent in lusting and abuse,

No one knew what might happen at any excuse,

Avarice and greed all day and night,

There was no other thought in anybody’s mind,

So great was the burden of sin on Earth,

No longer could she bear such a weight on her girth.

So Bhadralok-bankruptcy/hilsa-loka profligacy has been a centuries old tradition primarily responsible for destruction of Bengal. Even now, if you condemn CPI(M)/Jyoti “Boshu” in Bengal, you run the risk of being lynched. And if you condemn “Poribortan” Didi, only Ma Kali can protect you. BJP/RSS members are sneered at as if they belong to stone-age. If such Bengali Hindus of such a Bengal are not tormented by all, then who else would be? Tragic, indeed.

Why has Bengal been so wayward a State shunning Sanatan Dharma for Marxism/Islamism/atheism/secularism while professing concurrently of being intellectual celebrities? They have destroyed all their fire-tenders. Is it possible to salvage Bengal? If yes, when and by whom?

About the author

RAMAKANT TIWARI

After a career in private sector in disciplines of Institutional Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Ramakant Tiwari is currently an author and a corporate director. His first book Srimad Bhagvadgita as Swadharmayoga Upanisad was published in 2015 by Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi.
Currently based in New Delhi, he also serves as Co-Convener (Intellectual Cell), Delhi BJP.

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