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The Special Economic Zones Debacle of left front in West Bengal

http://protestagainstneo-liberalpolicies.blogspot…. The “Special Economic Zone” Debacle of the Left Front in West BengalHarry Magdoff, refuting the myth of bourgeois social science that capital and technology are the magic which will bring the entire world into the Garden of Eden, wrote:Since the obstacles to successful capitalist development (in third world countries) are today so gigantic, the pursuit of industrialization inevitably involves the accumulation of capital at the expense of keeping the masses down. Agriculture remains backward, investment is insufficient to cure unemployment in urban and rural areas, and wages are kept at pitifully low levels to provide adequate incentives for entrepreneurs. Production decisions are, and must be, made to satisfy the […]

SEZ: Wait and see

http://mepalash.blogspot.com/2007/02/sez-wait-and-… Saturday, February 10, 2007Palash Biswas(Contact: Palash Biswas, C/O Mrs arati roy, Gostokanan, sodepur, Kolkata- 700110, India. Phone: 91-25659551)With unrest in Nandigram and Singur continuing unabated, getting the CPI-M’s partners back on Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s side may not be easy. But despite fierce resistance in singur and Nandigram West Bengal Capitalist Chief minister may find some consolation from elsewhere as not only Bengal the entire country follows him to adopt chinese model of development and open Market. India is set to become a trillion-dollar economy as early as next year, if the latest figures released by the Central Statistical Organisation are any indication.The economy, which has been on a high growth […]

Mamta dares Budda on Nandigram issue

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1919728,000…Arindam SarkarNandigram (West Bengal), February 4, 2007 People of Nandigram gave blood in the freedom struggle and they will give blood again to save the farmlands from being grabbed by the state government said Mamata Banerjee. Addressing her first public meeting after coming out of the nursing home, Mamata paid rich tributes to the people of Nandigram for putting up a strong resistance against forcible acquisition of lands for industries here. In fact, the atmosphere at Sitananda College grounds at Nandigram was electrifying as Mamata threatened Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee of serious consequences, if he used force to grab lands in this part of Bengal. Neither the CPI(M) nor the […]

Singur, Nandigram and Industrialisation of West Bengal-II

http://pd.cpim.org/2007/0128/01282007_nilotpal.htm Nilotpal Basu THE SEZ QUESTION AND NANDIGRAM There has been extensive coverage on the stand of the Left parties on the current SEZ policy of the government in these columns. The major areas of our disagreement with the extant policy pertain to nature of the land use, extent of land use, the tax package and the rehabilitation package. The design of the current package of the government has undergone a qualitative change when SEZ rules were framed under the Act and process of approvals which has led to sanctions being given to 237 SEZ proposals. This huge number immediately brings to the fore the contrast with China which had […]

Singur, Nandigram and Industrialisation of West Bengal-II

http://pd.cpim.org/2007/0128/01282007_nilotpal.htm Nilotpal Basu THE SEZ QUESTION AND NANDIGRAM There has been extensive coverage on the stand of the Left parties on the current SEZ policy of the government in these columns. The major areas of our disagreement with the extant policy pertain to nature of the land use, extent of land use, the tax package and the rehabilitation package. The design of the current package of the government has undergone a qualitative change when SEZ rules were framed under the Act and process of approvals which has led to sanctions being given to 237 SEZ proposals. This huge number immediately brings to the fore the contrast with China which had […]

No Displacement; No Rehabilitation; Only People's Development

http://singur-singur.blogspot.com/2007/01/no-displ… The following is a press Note released in a Press Conference on 21st Jan 2007 soon after the Anti- Displacement Conclave in Ranchi, Jharkhand attended by scores of organisations from several states. No Displacement; No Rehabilitation; Only People’s Development Today the vast sections of the people have been subjected to the worst kind of socio-economic crisis in the name of development. Today more and more tribals, dalits, minorities and the poorest of the poor are brutally removed from their forests, fields, lands, homes and cultures. They are being evicted in thousands from their lives and livelihoods. The powerful imperialist forces and their lackeys in the sub-continent are on their […]

The "Special Economic Zone" Debacle of the left front in West Bengal

by Analytical Monthly Review Analytical Monthly Review, published in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India, is a sister edition of Monthly Review.  Its January 2007 issue features the following editorial. — Ed. In an article entitled “Capital, Technology and Development,”1 Harry Magdoff, refuting the myth of bourgeois social science that capital and technology are the magic which will bring the entire world into the Garden of Eden, wrote: Since the obstacles to successful capitalist development (in third world countries) are today so gigantic, the pursuit of industrialization inevitably involves the accumulation of capital at the expense of keeping the masses down.  Agriculture remains backward, investment is insufficient to cure unemployment in urban […]

Singur, Nandigram and industrialisation of West Bengal

http://pd.cpim.org/2007/0121/01212007_nilotpal.htm Nilotpal Basu SINGUR and Nandigram have been dominating the media for the last few weeks. An unprecedented focus has remained riveted to the development discourse in West Bengal. But to us, the fine print was also equally apparent. Discrediting the efforts of the Left Front government in order to undermine the principled struggle of the Left, particularly the CPI(M), in opposing the anti-people economic policies of the central government – particularly its current SEZ policy – was the signature tune of this propaganda blitz. Therefore, unravelling the many myths that this blitz has tried to perpetrate and establish the truth in its proper perspective has become imperative. THE QUESTION […]

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