Saturday, May 14, 2016

Marichjhapi Massacre was the first of many mass-rapes and second genocide by CPIM lead Left Front in West Bengal. Marichjhapi Massacre by Communists can be compared only with the Jalianwala Bag massacre perpetrated by the British.

Marichjhapi was the second genocide by CPIM in Bengal after Snaibari (Bardhaman) massacre in 1970. You may say it’s beginning of genocide era. Soon after coming to power in Bengal, communists of India lead by CPIM did Marichjhapi Massacre and mass rape in 1979. Later on West Bengal was also witnessed lots of brutality by these communists during their 34yrs of ruling.

Some of the famous massacre/genocide/mass-rapes brutalities by these killer communists are:

Snaibari massacre in 1970

Marichjhapi genocide in 1979

BijanSetu massacre in 1982

Bantala Mass-Rape & murder Case in 1990 

 ChotoAngaria massacre in 2001

Dhantala incident of Mass-Rape case in 2003

 Singur – Tapasi Malik’s rape & murder in 2007

Nandigram Violence (massacre) - Mass killing and rape by Police plus CPIM cadre in 2007

Netai Killing (Masscre)  in 2011
And many others

The massacre in Marichjhapi is an ideal example of how an ideologically debauch, reactionary, pseudo fascist political force could unleash the oppression and atrocities upon helpless destitute, who seek to bring some form of betterment in their lives.

The only and only reason why those people in Marchjhapi were targeted was, they were able to live decently without being under any political umbrella and this could have been fatal for the party of institutional political proletariat or any other ‘mainstream’ political force.

The massacre in Marichjhapi, which took place under CPIM rule in Bengal between January 26 and May 16, 1979, has few parallels in the history of independent India. 

It holds fair comparison with the Jalianwala Bag massacre perpetrated by the British. The level of police brutality was horrific. The entire island of refugees was put under economic blockade from January, after the Left had come to power the previous year promising to champion the cause of the refugees. The blockade first starved out the population, and then the killings began.

When police action failed to persuade the refugees to leave, the State Government ordered the forcible evacuation of the refugees, which took place between May 14 to May 16, 1979.

The men were first separated from the women. Most of the young men were arrested and sent to the jails and the police began to rape the helpless young women at random. 

At least several hundred men, women, and children were said to have been killed in the operation and their bodies dumped in the river.

Photographs were published in Anandabazaar Patrika and the Opposition members in the State Assembly staged a walkout in protest. Prime Minister Desai, wishing to maintain the support of the Communists for his government, decided not to pursue the matter.

4,128 families perished in transit, died of starvation, exhaustion, and many were killed in Kashipur, Kumirmari, and Marichjhapi by police firings. The CPIM congratulated its participant members on their successful operation at Marichjhapi and made their refugee policy reversal explicit by stating that “there was no possibility of giving shelter to these large number of refugeesunder any circumstances in the State”.

In a final twist to the episode, the CPIM settled its own supporters in Marichjhapi, occupying and utilizing the facilities left behind by the evicted refugees. The issues of the environment and the Forest Act were forgotten.

The subsequent silence in the Bengali academic community about what so many knew had happened at Marichjhapi is a great example of cultural hijack of speech by Communists.

Now after so many years and after the end of Left era peoples started observing  "Marichjhapi Diwas"; this year too we observed “Marichjhapi Diwas” on 13th May.

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Thanks & Vande Mataram!! Saroop Chattopadhyay.

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