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    September 29, 2008

    Democracy, when it is convenient

    Tata Motors is all set to move out of Singur, despite the best efforts of the permanent government of the state [sic]. Although I have no regard for Mamata Banerjee or her politics of convenience, I reckon this is definitely a case of the Left government being paid back in its own coin.

    For decades now, Left parties have used its goons to stifle industrial growth through uncalled-for strikes at the drop of a hat. Democracy has never been something that you associate with communism, going by reports about how voters in Bengal find their votes cast (in favour of the Left Front, obviously!) on their behalf.

    So there's rich irony in Bengal's Industries Minister invoking democracy to persuade Tata Motors to come back to Singur.

    Only a small section of the farmers were engaged in the agitation for return of land from within the project site and we feel the verdict of a majority of people in a democratic society should be honoured. The Tata Motors, we feel, should consider the opinion of the large majority of the people at Singur.
    The fact that they have only 59 MPs in the current Lok Sabha, and thus not reflective of the opinion of any sort of majority, certainly did not stop them from claiming pan-India support and attempting to bring down the government.

    Then again, these're the same folks whose state unit, very peeved at being thrashed in the Karnataka elections held a few months ago, claimed that since only 33.9% of voters voted for the BJP, it didn't have a majority.

    In other news, Veerappa Moily, whose only claim to fame would be that he still has a job despite not having won an election for nearly 15 years now, also invoked democracy when he was asked to react on the Nanavati-Mehta Commission to investigate the violence in Gujarat in 2002.
    He is guilty of genocide. In any other country, international court would have hanged him. It has not happened. He is fortunate. There is too much democracy in our country.
    Actually, there isn't enough democracy, Mr. Moily. If there was, then, for example, those who haven't won elections wouldn't be handling internal security so ineffectively and getting away with it because they had the support of those who matter.

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