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Updated: May 20, 2012 13:56 IST

Mamata sees reds in TV studio, wants probe

Shiv Sahay Singh
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THAT’S ALL FOLKS: Mamata Banerjee storms out during a TV recording in Kolkata on Friday as CNN-IBN’s Sagarika Ghose tries to persuade her to stay. The West Bengal Chief Minister was angered by questions about violence in the State and the recent arrest of a professor for circulating a cartoon by email which had her saying ‘Vanish’ like a character in Satyajit Ray’s Sonar Kella. Last week, Ms. Banerjee said the word ‘vanish’ meant there was a plot to assassinate her. Photo: Special Arrangement
THAT’S ALL FOLKS: Mamata Banerjee storms out during a TV recording in Kolkata on Friday as CNN-IBN’s Sagarika Ghose tries to persuade her to stay. The West Bengal Chief Minister was angered by questions about violence in the State and the recent arrest of a professor for circulating a cartoon by email which had her saying ‘Vanish’ like a character in Satyajit Ray’s Sonar Kella. Last week, Ms. Banerjee said the word ‘vanish’ meant there was a plot to assassinate her. Photo: Special Arrangement

‘You are all Maoist, CPI(M) cadre,' she tells audience, before storming out

Moments after walking off the stage where a discussion hosted by a television channel on Friday evening was being recorded, an angry West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee instructed the police to take photographs of those in the audience who had asked questions which did not go down well with her.

The police, according to unofficial reports on Saturday, have begun enquiries.

The questions that drew Ms. Banerjee's ire were on the increasing attacks on women in the State, the infringement of democratic rights by the authorities, and the police action following the recently circulated e-mail by a Jadavpur professor with graphics directed at her.

“I must tell you that you are CPI(M) cadres, Maoist cadres … I cannot reply to CPI(M) questions,” Ms. Banerjee furiously responded before walking out in a huff from the interactive programme organised by CNN-IBN with the channel's deputy editor, Sagarika Ghose, as the moderator.


The Chief Minister shouted and pointed fingers at the students of Jadavpur University and Presidency University present in the audience and told them to go back to the jungles as they were Maoists. “The students are only asking Maoist questions and the CPI(M) questions,” she complained as Ms. Ghose sought her answer to the issues raised. “They are the Maoist students.”

When Ms. Ghose tried to pacify her by saying that those in the audience were indeed university students, Ms. Banerjee said, “So what … they are only selected for Maoist activities.”

“I am shocked and horrified by what happened on Friday. For a Chief Minister who keeps screaming democracy, this is not expected of her,” a participant in the aborted TV programme told The Hindu, requesting anonymity for fear of retribution by the police.

Two days before her government completes its first year in office, Ms. Banerjee's response to the studio audience has given fresh ammunition to those who accuse her of running an intolerant administration.

Politicians are fearing genuine questions from Students.Decisions taken by these politicians have long lasting effects on the lives of the youth
than any other citizens. So Students like us must get more productive role in politics

from:  Arun Mohan
Posted on: May 22, 2012 at 08:59 IST

If I really were a maoist or a CPM cadre guy, I'd be thrilled to bits right now. Not only did she give her opponents great publicity, but also placed their intelligence and managerial skills on a different level altogether. Even if these guys had tried their best, it would've been impossible to arrange people like a former IIMC faculty member to ask questions on their behalf.
Talk about how not to behave in a talk show !!

And again, just to make things crystal clear, I'm not a maoist or a CPM party cadre !!!

from:  Sudhey
Posted on: May 21, 2012 at 23:04 IST

This is like jumping from a burning fire(Communist) to a frying pan(Mamta).I pity with the WB people.When people want the change they should know if the change is worth its name.This is a lesson for all the States.

from:  Subramanian
Posted on: May 21, 2012 at 10:28 IST

Ms. Mamata, you are approaching very fast to get lost. Unfortunate West Bengal.

from:  Tarakanta
Posted on: May 21, 2012 at 09:19 IST

'Like a red rag to a bull' is just a saying. Bulls (and naturally cows too) are colour blind. And it has been proved to be so.

from:  vkguptan
Posted on: May 21, 2012 at 09:14 IST

SL DUA is wrong on several counts. We are not discussing the 'good work' that he talks about. We are upset at her tantrums, the mercurial mood swings and the way she goes on a rampage, when it pleases her. She calls anyone who disagrees with her as a 'communist', will not tolerate criticism, and behaves like a dictator. She owes to the people who voted her, gratitude. You show gratitude by improving the lot of the common man, quietly and passionately. Instead she has thrown her weight around, made the railway minister resign, simply because he thought it fair to raise taxes. She keeps talking about a mid term election, and now she storms out of a question answer session because she was asked some inconvenient questions. If one is a public figure, one should have the courage to answer questions from the people, even if they are 'communists'. As they say in the west "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen".

from:  Thomas Sawyer
Posted on: May 21, 2012 at 07:04 IST

With all my sincerity, I truly think she would benefit from a psychiatric consultation. It seems like she might be bordering on the delusional spectrum and even if she isn,t delusional, such behavior would call for mental health consulatation!

from:  michelle
Posted on: May 21, 2012 at 01:11 IST

gone are days when the best of India stood for elections.
people like these i vote for,
is this democracy ?
I never know when i'll be dragged out of my house,
no I am not a Maoist, they told me I am...

from:  Vishnu
Posted on: May 21, 2012 at 00:38 IST

It is really sad that our leaders behave like this .Or they wish to become dictator
.They should not forget that the countries which were ruled by dictators were thrown
away by the public it self .Media will have to do a lot in exposing these type of
leaders and also to those who are collecting Govt.exchequer for their own benefit
and have huge wealth in swiss bank .Our laws are so weak that every culprit gets a
bail after some time and again start doing corruption and do not get any
punishment .See the list of corrupt officials and leaders. Why this type of leaders do
not do any thing for removing the corruption ?

from:  chaitanya Agarwal
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 22:05 IST

This was a horrible to watch and read the story what happened. The chief minister is the leader for the whole population of the state after the election and should look after their welfare whether Maoist or CPI-M . Eliminating the doubts and answering to the questions are her duty as she accepted to that kind of TV program. Getting angry like this for her was very normal on several occasions, But it is a bad example from a popular democratic leader. The good achievements by her would spoil. Then what about her party carders & their actions?

from:  B.Pari
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 21:17 IST

There are plenty of people in India who see Mamata Banerjee's behavior
during the interview and think it is OK. That is the real tragedy of
India. Leaders will only be as good as the people who elect them.

from:  Varkey
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 21:06 IST

An important not mentioned in the other responses is that a lot of youth in Kolkata's universities campuses are misguided left-wing sympathizers. They have been brain-washed in the education system into thinking Karl Marx's ideas will benefit the masses even though even Russia and China no longer mention Marxist ideologies any more. The media is failing to realize that criticism of Mamata will bring back more failed Marxism to West Bengal.

from:  Shubho
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 20:31 IST

I understand she(Mamta Banerjee) behaved irrationally, but the question was by no means decent. I mean its a popular question, not an important one(respectively). West bengal is facing issues far bigger than that, how will she fix the poor infrastructure?? How will she tackle the maoists?? How will she bring confidence in investors for Bengal?? How is she going to fix the Huge debt. heavy government?? In my opinion these are the question that should be answered and discussed, not the media created BS doing the round, just for the sake of getting some mileage

from:  Ambrish
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 19:55 IST

The reign of intolerance is going on in West Bengal after Mamata Banerjee took over the charge.Her banning certain news paper,TV Channels,Lady IPS officer has been shifted from inquiry of rape case,she complemented herself that 90% work she has achieved which she promised.She is against student community calling them Maoist.She herself aligned with Maoist,BJP,Congress what not? She is autocratic and unpredictable.People of India has seen her activities while she was Railway Minister. India cannot expect better with these types of politicians.

from:  Chanchal Dutta
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 19:33 IST

None of the question asked to her were related to common man but were politically motivated and these students came prepared to make her uncomfortable by asking the same questions that she has been asking since last 3-4 months. She left the show doesn't prove her intolerant, because intolerant CM will take legal action against askers. She has all her rights to leave the show if she doesn't like the questions. None of those students were looking victim of any kind atrocity by system. They were raising the questions to show their english skills.

from:  sabyaar
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 17:36 IST

While Mamta's behavior was 'childish'those you follow CNN-IBN know they are the biggest hypocrites,the husband-wife duo of Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghose. These self-proclaimed secularists tried every trick to tarnish Modi's image. May be the crowd was tutored (who knows, anything is possible!). Mamata may be showing tyrannical straits, but she has done exemplary work in the last one year. There was no rule of law in Bengal, it was rule of CPM Cadres. They ran a parallel government. Mamata has restored the independence of the executive. The police and the education system has been De-politicized. She's a workaholic and has ushered in a new work-culture that mighty ex-CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharya failed to do. She has started enormous infrastructure work, which will change the face of Bengal in the next 5-years. No-body is perfect, but Mamata is not corrupt and is a true simpleton. She might be populist, but she's passionate and committed to Bengal's development.

from:  Sayan
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 16:55 IST

I thought any citizen of India can ask questions of a public servant. The questions seem very sensible. We often hear some really irrelevant questions even by seasoned journalists. Public figures have to show acccounatability by anwering all the questions to the best of their knowledge or express ignorance and get back with an answer after getting the facts right. Branding anyone who asks uncomfortable question as a moaist is a disgrace. TCP should quickly dispense didi and choose a liberal person as their leader to save the party and the state from plunging into dictatorship. The courts should intervene when states administration is diverted to silence dissent. If the fundamental right of citizens (freedom of speech) is denied by the elected executive, who is supposed to safeguard them, she should be imprisoned and central rule imposed in WB.

from:  Sridhar
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 16:14 IST

Mamta is being hounded .That is why she is losing her cool. She has so much to do and that drives her crazy. We must not lose the best alternative after the useless CPM rule for three decades. She is frank and forthright and not cunning and double speak. She is the rarest of Leaders May not be the ideal for TV channels who always portray hypocrites

from:  B.Raghavan
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 16:01 IST

Mamata should be patient in her capacity of chief minister. There is no need to outburst if provocation. Recent incidents shows in intolerance of didi.

from:  narender pulloor
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 14:58 IST

Mamata needs primary school lessons in democracy and civil basic rights. Anyway she has gone paranoid and does not deserve to rule the state for a single day. She deserves to be transferred to a mental facility on tax payers expense. The president and the governor should intervene when basic liberties of a citizen are so grossly infringed by a public office bearer. What is the president and the governor of state for. She should be pulled up severely at the least and a medical examination should be ordered questioning her mental sanity.

from:  Dexter
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 14:18 IST

Mamata DiDi is neither the first nor will she be the the last elected representative of the Indian people to shoot from the hip to cover up being woefully out of depth. She is but a cartoon of India's elected representatives who wield power to put down competence and integrity. Parliament and the various State Legislatures collectively demonstrate this propensity very often in their profligacy planning, book burning, persecution empowering and corruption enabling activities that are sometimes, euphemistically, called law making . If I was Richard Armour, I would write "It all began with Nehru". If I was George Mikes, I would write "The land of the rising vacuous". If I was Lewis Carrol, I would probably write ,"The domain of the White Duchess".

from:  S. Suchindranath Aiyer
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 14:16 IST

politics is battle of ideas,it is not about to satisfy or to meet the needs of particular section it is about to lead the nation(state).if someone is asking something it was her duty to answer,rather than showing behavior like petulant child.Now center has to intervene into the issue and should charge 'didi' for threatening people using her power. Opposition has a respectful status in our constitution and if a CM doesn't know this she has no right to serve as a head of state.

from:  Ravinder Singh
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 14:14 IST

The reactions of Mamta Banerjee only due to the frustration that even after coming to power in west Bengal after so many years people do not have faith in her as well her so called governance......such kind of chief ministers are not even capable of running a district, leave alone the state. No wonder the maoists have resorted to the extremist ways to get what is rite fully theirs. What mamata thinks is that by using power she can control the state...but a true leader is one who rules the hearts of people. By governing the state in this manner, its a matter of time when the people throw her out of power for the next 30 years... leaders like her are not fit to become the Chief minister of one of the most prosperous state....they can only be successful in a communist country like China and not a Democratic one......

from:  Shikhar Mehta
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 14:06 IST

I am no admirer of Mamta. Generally honest persons tend to be very touchy. It applies more in the case of women in general. This is not to degrade them. It is there psyche. Way back in 1960s Vijayalakshmi Pandit was the Governor of Maharashtra. She had spent some huge amount for furnishing Raj Bhavan. One MLA was highly critical of her. She reacted something to this effect - If as a Governor I cannot spend such sum on Rajbhavan, it is better I am not the Governor of the State. Without meaning any disrespect to anyone what I want to emphasise that some politicians tend to be over-reactive and I feel we should overlook such harmless shortcomings.

from:  vishwanath kaushik
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 13:59 IST

What can we say but that Mamata's act smacks immaturity? one who can take criticism with grace...perhaps a good demonstrator, but a poor administrator?

from:  Karthik
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 13:37 IST

The increasing attacks on women in the State, the infringement of democratic rights by the authorities, the police action following the recently circulated e-mail by a Jadavpur professor with graphics directed at her; which question among these is not a genuine concern of the people of the state. Mamata Banerjee is a loser and is becoming increasingly paranoid. No wonder even the railways is back to making losses. And god knows what will happen to the country, if the politicians have the audacity to do and say whatever they wish to, without any fear of law.

from:  Mithlesh Kumar
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 13:13 IST

Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamatha Benarjee has to give reply with her perspective towards Indian society. Even sympathizers of CPI(M) and Maoists are in the media, Hon'ble Chief Minster has to give reply with her perspective towards people problem. Leaving the studio stating that CPI(M) Maoists are in media is not correct. As Hon'ble Chief Minster of an important state which has given Rabindra Nath Tagore, jagadish Chandra Bose, Satyajit Raoy, Bankim Chandra Chtarjee, Noble laureate Dr. Amartya Sen, leaving Comrades Charu Mazumdar, Kanu Sanyal, has to give her opinion on any subject pertaining people of the state and country, and world also.

from:  kameswara Rao velpuri
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 13:09 IST

Ms Mamata seems to be a patient of bipolar disorder by her words or action .She has dual identity as a political leader and CM of West Bengal .Her words in Govt.programmes are like opposition leader hehave In February 2011 I compared her with Mr Musolini but now her undemocratic actions ,intolerence of dissence and her poor governance clearly point to her fascist .Mr. Rezzak Mollah ,Ex-minister of LF Govt. Buddha or Mamata is "para teacher" whereas Mr Jyoti Basu is "Head master"

from:  Kalpana Guchhait
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 12:03 IST

Mamata Banerjee comes across as extremely boorish. She was not in the Assembly or Parliament to walk out as she pleased. Most other politicians have at least the grace and good sense to remain cool in uncomfortable situations. How can a short-tempered person like this be a leader or administrator at all? The Communists must be watching her in glee. How can she refuse to answer questions on the basis of party affiliations? Is she the CM of WB or of TMC? Doesn't she collect taxes from Communists? Is 'Maoist' a word of abuse in her dictionary? How are the questions asked by the students even remotely related to Communist ideology? Her brazen attempt to induce fear in people by asking the police to take photos of the people questioning her is reprehensible. These young students should perhaps go to a Court seeking all available relief. The Communists in power for over three decades - and now this lady? Will the lot of West Bengal ever improve?

from:  Prasad R
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 12:02 IST

Though there may be some twists in her behaviour pattern, but Mamata is doing a good job against all odds. The distortions of 34 years' dictatorial misrule has dragged W.Bengal to an financial ditch of Rs.2,00,000 crore and an annual interest drag of 18000 Crore. Under the circumstances, nobody is capable of bringing up the State to the ground level in just one year, it would take at least 10 years to do so. I am no supporter of Congress or TrinamMool Congress(TMC) but I do not agree with the way the Leftist controlled main stream indian media is projecting her image. The Leftist media's method in all this is quite visible and who is behind all this is also known to people of india. Who wins, negative LEFT or Mamata's TMC only time will tell.
When under tyrannical communists, their cadre was the POLICE, was it a democratic rule? There is some formula under which every state is allocated its share of central funds. W.Bengal was given its legitimate share. In addition these funds, communist regime took Rs. 2,00,000 Crore as loan. But there was no progress in the state. 34 years back, Maharashtra and W.Bengal were the two most indutrialised states of India. Where does W.bengal stand today? Where those extra Rs.2,00,000 Crore have gone? Why is nobody questioning the CPM? Central Govts needed support of CPM at the centre, hence, CPM had its way in money laundering to the destructive forces. The Congress Govt at the centre is,NOW, not supporting Mamata in the same way and she is angry

from:  SL DUA
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 11:48 IST

I respected Didi since she was an opposition leader during CPI regime and I still adore her even after this unexpected incident.It is hard for her to tolerate what happened in the studio for being an opposition leader for decades and she still thought to be a leader of opposition even today after being a CM for a year.So, let's us not judge her with what had happened these days but the works she had done for her people and what she has to do fulfill her dreams for WB for the years to come...

from:  Lalsangliana Chhakchhuak
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 11:01 IST

I think in the short term people of Bengal will have to endure what people of Singur and Tata Motors went through in 2008. On a short term basis this will be painful for Bengal and India, but in long term this will help India and Bengal as these kind of things brings in the Feminine way of thinking and working into the forefront and forces system to take notice. Her outburst is only the venting out of her frustration of the existing systems and setup in the society which is not at all inclusive of female perspective, thinking and way of working.

from:  Praveen Nair
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 10:58 IST

I voted her..!! I voted her because Singur was Total Administrative failure, and I felt CPI(M) had to take that responsibility. I voted her because 35 years was too long and I had not seen any chef minister from other party since I was born. Every one should get a fair chance..!! But its been 1year. I agree that she did some good work but this is some thing I didn’t wanted. I am sorry… I regrets..

from:  Sid
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 10:56 IST

It is so amusing to see all this happening in West Bengal. Especially when I've just finished reading George Orwell's classic book, Animal Farm. People would do well to read it and then assess the situation and where things are heading.

from:  Abhishek Singh
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 10:53 IST

As a Chief Minister of the State she is OBLIGATED to answer the question
out forth by the citizen of the state. Oh man, its going to be a long ,
long term in office for her.

from:  Abner
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 10:24 IST

This is the face of democracy in India. There innumerable people jailed for nothing. It is a great disaster for the nation.In other parts of India there are many people jailed without any reasons and false cases. Media has lot to do and expose these politicians and their culture and attitude.West Bengal has become a place of criminals and thugs.

from:  Chanchal Dutta
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 10:20 IST

I had a feeling that Buddha was a much better person and an even better
administrator than Mamata Banerjee. I am being proved right. I pity the
state of Bengal.

from:  Siva Bhaskaran
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 10:13 IST

However much irksome the question may be, it should be taken as question and not
as motivated attack when answering from the Chair of a Chief Minister of a State. It only shows the immaturity of the person concerned who is only exposing more of herself.

from:  shanthanu
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 10:12 IST

Mamtaji, Keep this paid TV channels away. These channels and their anchors has no ethics and code of conduct.What is matter and most important for them is money and they will do any thing for money! At least Politicians are answerable to the people but,the retched medias and their anchors are not answerable to any one! The same media is trying to tarnish the of MODI fro several years!!

from:  C S Sundaresha
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 09:55 IST

When a public figure exhibits intolerance of issues brought out by any
section of electorate in a public debate, it is indicative of the insecurities of the former's persona and demonstrates absolute unsuitability of such figure for the position entrusted to him(her)in a democracy. The sooner such a leader is bid good bye the better it is, more for the leader than the led. Often such intolerance points to the need of psychiatric attention for the subject.

from:  A K Sharma
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 09:34 IST

This incident is something which will again take the trust of the
people for Ms. Banerjee. The lady which was adamant for a "change" in
the state behaves in a totally different way after the sworn in. The
arrest of the professor, the threats to withdraw the party support
from the UPA and now commenting on the students of such prestigious
universities. Everybody in the state has the right to ask about
increasing Maoists problem and the harassment against women as they
are on the rise. But Ms. Banerjee is only concerned about herself and
not the "Maa Mati and Manush". Politics is indeed Politics. The
statement proves itself time and again.

from:  Prakhar Maheshwari
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 09:31 IST

Ms. Mamata is one of the finest example of number of politicians who
deal emotionally with the mass. Madam doesn't have a clue what is
meant by Democracy. Neither she understands the meaning of democracy
nor the meaning of intolerance. First came the cartoon and now this.
Even is those questioned were Maoist, they were not carrying
ammunition, in her part and as a responsible politician she ought to
answer those. She is trying to install Joseph Stalinism in the name of
"Didi" Congress.
West Bengal is a wasted Bengal in the hands of politicians.

from:  RKPonraj
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 09:22 IST

This is insane, being such a democratic country, people don't have the
right to talk. Authorities should take control of the govt and save
people from such politician.

from:  Aravindan
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 09:13 IST

What is the problem with the lady? She is demeaning herself! I had a lot of respect for her.

from:  Shubhro Ahmed
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 08:58 IST

Voters of West Bengal will realize that they had chosen wrongly. For the State Assembly the realization comes a bit too late and they will have to wait till 2016. However, in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, they must make amends.

from:  Pramod Patil
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 08:49 IST

Famous sentence of Lord Acton that "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" is proved by some of the Chief Ministers and aspiring persons with mad support elected greedy sheep’s. So Ms. Mamtaji or Modiji can't be an exception. They are supposed to behave like a totalitarian. See Mr. Yeddyurappa despite having sword over his head has been longing for CM-ship like a crazy and crying child asking for a toy. Of course judiciary is also not the same what the common men desire a delivery from this pious institution, which till some time was not competing with politicians.---

from:  Mr.P.P.Shah USA
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 08:31 IST

It is so unfair for a CM to not answer her people's questions. After that blaming those people of totally irrelevant charges. One thing is sure, she is scared of being out of power in next elections and is taking all steps to curb it. But all her actions will definitely seal her fate against her will. We have freedom of speech (without pertaining to violence) as one of our six basic rights. Seems all is lost now. A CM figure has to be more mature in decision making, i feel.

from:  Arpit
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 08:20 IST

Mamata is right in terming the crowd as red.It is the practice of
communists all over the world to infiltrate into every sphere of social
activities and thrust their idiology upon gullible people.

from:  manoharan
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 08:07 IST

Mamta Didiji- please dont remain as a politician all along your life. Try to transform yourself as Statesman of the Bengal and smart Diplomat in dealing with others You must cultivate the habit of turning foes as your admirers.But you tend to do always the reverse.It is a common knowledge all self thinking and original thinkers are all progressives,you can call them in any names.You are representing yourself only.You are not promoting any ideology of your own like Gandhiji.Be quiet.Be calm.Serve Bengal humbly with out making any noice.Believe in Rome was not built in a day!.so you also,can not build a new dynamic,vibrant Bengal in a day.Be magnanimous to all .Bengal should thrive by all Bengalis .I believe in the saying that the Brain of India is at the heads of Bengalis.We in tamilnadu ever admire Bengalis,as Tamils are the people who first recognised Swami Vivekananda,Sri Aurobindo,Nethaji,all our tamils familiar with literary works of Tagore and Bakkim.Vande Mataram!

from:  sundaram
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 07:55 IST

This episode has shown that Mamata is intolerant of democratic interection.So is the fact that she has no message to young generation on democratic politics.

from:  Anil bharali
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 07:43 IST

"The boss drives his men;the leader coaches them.The boss depends upon authority, the leader on good will.The boss inspires fear;the leader inspires enthusiasm.The boss says "I" the leader"we" The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown.The boss says "go";the leader says"let us go".............H.Gordon Selfride,merchant.
Please draw no parellel to the abrupt walk out,Mamataji made from the TV show with the quote of Gordon Selfride.

from:  C.Chandrasekaran
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 07:39 IST

It's nothing but violation of individual rights. When Ms.Benerjee came
on show she has to respond to the questions in a diplomatic way but the
way she behaved is very rude and not acceptable by people of India.
Ms.Benerjee please prepare before you attend any future public shows or
just don't attend them.

from:  Lingesh
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 07:36 IST

This would have been funny if this was not India. And if it was not affecting our lives.
And she was not one of our "leaders". But quite honestly if it's so easy to brand a student who is asking tough questions on camera as Maoist then how hard is it to brand a tribal as Maoist and murder him?

from:  Ganesh Krishnan
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 07:23 IST

Democracy is the most misunderstood word. A government by the people, of the people, for the people holds only true until the last vote has been cast on day of election.
After that there is an immediate transformation of democracy into dictatorship. bureaucrats and police under control by the government, the first few weeks or in this case the whole of the year and even longer, becomes the days of retribution, vendetta, revenge and each of those who exercized their democratic right against the new leardership are set for annhilaiton.
Misuse of power, using the government funds and resource to forward a particular political party are serious charges. Control of media is infrigement of freedom of press. Walking out of an interview to be broadcast to the people by the head of the government is an affidavit to the essence of a democracy turned dictatorship. Crticism should be taken as constructive. It would be more important for the govt to lend ears to those who stood against you.

from:  Amer Akber
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 07:07 IST

Complimentary leadership education including soft skills seems to be the only
prescription for Ms.Mamata to tackle these kind of tough situation.

from:  rao s thotakura
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 05:39 IST

People accused and harassed by Mamta for asking questions should file a writ petetion in the Supreme Court for violation of their fundamental rights. Enough is enough. Mamta has turned into a megelomaniac. Sadly the people have to put up with dictators like this for four more years because we don't have the right to recall.

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 05:35 IST

Questioning the infringement of rights would lead to more infringement of rights by this Government. This is truly frightening. Does the West Bengal Government still think it is no longer part of a democracy?

from:  Krishna
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 05:33 IST

I hate the way she says 'my government' if she knew little about democracy then she would realize that it is government of the people, for the the people by the people. Only thing that she heads is the government, but she is still an employee.

from:  Vivek Shah
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 05:06 IST

This is totally irresponsible on the part of a CM of a state. Even if
they are moist, they are also the subject of the state and hence their legitimate questions cannot be avoided tagging them as Maoist or CPI(M)
cadre. Mere material austerity does not suffice. There must be behavioral austerity too. A more tolerable behaviour is expected from a CM.

from:  Jitendra Gupta
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 05:03 IST

Communists operate in interesting ways. They cannot tolerate dissent, but want others to tolerate in name of democracy. The media symathetic to them would suppress a dissenting view on the pretext of moderation. Mamata is the first CM who would not sbmit to Communist strategy.

from:  Ram Sharma
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 04:48 IST

A Chief Minister making outrageous accusations against University students on national television and without any remorse she further threatens those students with Police action shows the height of didigiri. This is a serious threat to democraty. This is not an West Bengal issue anymore. Fundamental right to free speech is admonished.
Hypothetically, even if they were CPI cadres or Maoists, as the head of the state, Ms.Banerjee owes an answer.

from:  Sadiq
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 03:41 IST

When a politician behaves in public in such a way, I wonder what they would do behind the scene. If mamata is unable to answer to the public questions then she is unfit to be a chief minister. A capable politician will show some maturity and will answer patiently. I don't think she has both.

from:  Subair
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 03:33 IST

The students should file defamation case against Mamta for branding them
as Maoist! Mamta definitely needs some psychiatric counselling and
resign from the position. Branding students as CPM or Maoist is
unacceptable and ridiculous. Dark days for Indian Democracy. Pity the
central Govt is also toy for her mood disorders!

from:  Madhu
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 03:32 IST

It is difficult to make out whether or not the studio was filled with CPIM supporters, nor is it necessary. Politicians are known to live in a safe castle build by their flatterers and and are often unable to see that in a real world they WILL have some haters. A seasoned politician such as she need not break a sweat on being questioned like this in the public. Such action though was uncalled for but not unexpected from her. Having said that we must not forget that she supports democracy like no one in WB today. She needs to loosen up a bit or media will make the well meaning didi image "VANISH". Unnecessary to mention CNN-IBN is enjoying the fact they will have good TRPs on Sunday.

from:  Pallavi
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 03:02 IST

Mamataji, You fought really hard to become the Chief Minister. You need to realise that your popularity is fading on account of your frequent impulsive outbursts.Voters will move away from you if you continue to go on and on like this. Think through calmly and change your attitude in order to have continued success.Best Wishes.

from:  Kousalya Murali
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 02:58 IST

I don't support Mamata Banerjee for all her actions and policies. She is often short tempered and short sighted. But she is definitely the most uncorruptible politicians of India. I don't know personally the so-called professor Mahapatra. But I observed very carefully his countenance for a long time. According to my experience as a university professor of physics with a record of fifty years of teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate students coming from all over the world, this so-called professor definitely lacks the characteristics of a university professors. May be he has been appointed on the basis of the quota system of India.

from:  Dr. R. L. Banerjee
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 02:02 IST

Her election victory last year had made her heady. Her performance as
the administrator of the State in the last one year is unremarkable.
She is hitting the headlines in the news for her rude and autocratic
behaviour with all. Not a good sign for her in the next election.

from:  T.Sathyamurthi
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 01:56 IST

I think this not good code of conduct before audience especially on TV
prime time. she should not blame to student as indulge in Maoist

from:  Mukesh kumar meena
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 01:21 IST

Ms Mamata Bannerjee has totally lost it. She is still behaving like an opposition leader and not the head of the state...guess thats what happens when you sit in the opposition benches for too long....Blame it again on the CPM again.
I hope she and her syphocants realise that in a democracy everyone has the right to speak out and Going by what I am reading in the press the questions are valid raised by educated students from two of the premiere universities of Kolkata.
I dont like the communists but going by her recent track record i think she is worse. She has no right to hold office if she cannot tolerate criticism from the people who have elected her.
I hope that the WB police doesnt register a case against me for plotting to overthrow an elected regime and criticising this dictator of bengal.

from:  simanta dutta
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 01:17 IST

Astonishing! And one is supposed to believe she values freedom of speech and expression, democracy and free thought? Pink Floyd sang "Another Brick in the Wall" in 1979. Who knew it would be ever so relevant and real in the WB of 2012.

from:  Kartik
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 01:07 IST

She is really getting intolerant day by day. Madam its a democracy and
when people are just asking questions and not resorting to any violence
then they are doing the right thing, no matter what their affiliation

from:  naveen
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 01:07 IST

When majority of the Indian minds are consumed by cricket and movies, this is what we
get. When do we start thinking about the importance of choosing proper elected
representatives? Isn't it more important that cricket and movies? Lets get entertained by movies and cricket and use our minds to participate in the public affairs.

from:  Arun Kumar
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 00:48 IST

Impulsive and paranoid hardly make for suitable leadership qualities. Storming a police station to free party workers, treating incidents of rape as leftist propaganda, arresting academics for 'murder' conspiracies are signs of her inevitable political decline. The Marxists must be thrilled with her track record so far.

from:  Preeti
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 00:34 IST

Now a days Ms. Mamta Banerjee is always in the news for one or the
other reason and surprisingly in all the issues, CPI seems to be the
root cause of her anger. Kolkata rape case, cartoon issues, decision
to allow selected newspapers in the govt libraries and now the new
incident in which she has left the stage in anger because of
inconvenient questions asked by the Jadhavpur university students and
professors, blaming that the students are from maoists cadres and they
should go the jungles. Achieving success is easier but maintaining it
is even harder. It is really shocking to see a leader who had got a
massive mandate in the elections, uprooting the empire of CPI,
reacting on such issues like a pitulant child. It is not a sign of
mature leadership. Is it not the abuse of power and an attempt to
muzzle up the freedom of expression by ordering the police to
photoshoot all those who were raising inconvenient questions to her

from:  shashank shekhar Roy
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 00:33 IST

This only increases my belief that Mamata didi ought to consult a
psychiatrist. This is a clear cut case of persecution paranoia. One
ought to sympathize with her instead of berating her for it. One should
after all never make fun of the mentally challenged.

from:  Piyush Tariyal
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 00:23 IST

it is unfortunate she shall not forget, she is C.M. for the state,and not for trunamul congress. she ought to answer the questions of every citizen of the state, irrespective of party. She should not behave like this, she needs councelling,

from:  satya prasad
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 00:22 IST

"Didigiri" - This is what we should expect of our leaders now a days. Does becoming a chief minister allows you to tag everyone whatever you wish and use the state machinery like police (tax authorities, Enforcement Directorate, CBI) for threatening people? UPA sure has a hand in propagating and pushing such arrogant leaders.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 00:22 IST

I am not a fan of communist parties but Mamta behavior tell me that the they would be back to power soon. She is dictatorial and not open to suggestions. The cartoon controversy is a good indication how ignorant and immature she is as well as thin skinned. In politics you need to have patience, be thick skinned and not be dictatorial but yet be an effective administrator. She is behaving exactsly like Jayalaitha when she was elected as CM for the first time. Walking away from interview claim it is all being done by the CPI-M and Maoists, plays well into their hands. She is showing her fear as well as paranoia about CPI-M. One becomes weak and irrational in behavior when you focus too much on your opponent. She should start focusing on her ideas, goals and plans for WB rather than the opponents.

from:  pchitha
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 00:14 IST

One thing to note that CPI(M)is not a banned organization in India. So is there something wrong to be in CPI(M) and also in India I think constitution provides us enough freedom of expression and speaking. So a chief minister Mamata Banerjee should show more maturity.

from:  Manu John
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 00:13 IST

What is wrong if students (or even Maoists, as she claimed them to be) asked some genuine questions??If she really thinks what she has done in case of the professor of Jadavpur university is right and she really thinks that that law and order in W.B. has really improved then I don't think she should have any problems in answering those questions!! If she got angered just because she was not comfortable with questions, means she herself acknowledges that her actions in the past were not correct.. And, worst part of this is to order the Police to take photographs of those who were asking questions!! WHY?? Is it any offense to ask direct questions to her on any TV Show?? What does she think of herself?? I think she should be given 1 month rest and be taught basics of democracy and fundamentals of our constitution..She should understand clearly that neither it is emergency in India nor it is China where she is living in..

from:  Pavas Kumar Ambashta
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 00:04 IST

If she can't answer to legitimate questions, then I think she doesn't deserve to be in
the CM chair.

from:  Pravimal Abhishek
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 23:39 IST

Nowadays politicians are behaving like tyrants, they do not understand that a good democrat protects dissenters and agrees to disagree but makes sure that no harm reaches the one who has disagreed. Naredra Modi is another person who gets very upset and walks out in the middle of an interview.

from:  P.N.Shreeniwas
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 23:38 IST

It's not fair to point students of prestigious universities as maoists
for asking asking questions against her governance.

from:  Lakshminarayana
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 23:24 IST

The image of West Bengal and India is getting eroded by such activities of highly honourable leaders. Such low level behaviors by CM could never be tolerated.

from:  Nan
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 23:20 IST
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