ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Calcutta Diary

AM The Bangladesh pattern is not replicable here. Over there they suffer, but every few years they enjoy the privilege of going to the beheading of those who mulcted them. What a safe haven India for the world's irresponsible rich! The party and the leader who were in charge of the administration throughout the eighties and who are One hundred per cent blameworthy for the nation's present economic plight are, after an interregnum of eleven months, back in effective power THE first time round, when they had to get rid of one set of foreigners the Bangladeshis needed the assistance of another set. Now the arrangements are internalised. The Bangladeshis have acquired a kind of skill in this particular sphere of activity, how to purge an unpopular regime. Ripples of little protest movements, persecution and arrests, shootings by the police and the army, the little movements grow into massive upsurges, the nervous administration compounds its earlier follies by indulging in some more ferocious shootings, until the entire population rises in revolt. The head of state, the man with the reputation of great evil-doing, either takes to his heel, or is cut down mercilessly.

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