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Government of the comrade

Government of the comrade

BJP Today
April 16-30, 2000
Title: Government of the comrade
Publication: BJP Today
Date: April 16-30, 2000

Loud protests were made over the Gujarat government's decision to lift the ban on government employees joining the RSS. The proceedings of parliament have been stalled for days together. Rallies and demonstrations have been organised by the different political parties. The loudest voice of protest belonged to Congress-men. It is however understandable because the word RSS is anathema to them. The chorus against the BJP government was joined by the CPM and other Left Parties with all the power in their lungs.

The main contentions of their protest: one, RSS is a political organisation: two, Gujarat government's move goes against the decades old convention on that government employees should not join any political Party: and lastly, it is the BJP's attempt to politicise the administration and fill official agencies with RSS people.

Whether the RSS is a political organisation or not may be debated indefinitely. The RSS and the BJP claim that it is a socio-cultural organisation having nothing to do with politics. The crux of the entire protestation is that: though in a democracy, a government is formed by one or a group of political parties, the government machinery should be scrupulously neutral and all citizens should be treated as equal. It is generally accepted that if the government employees are associated with a political party the state's impartiality is diluted. Hence, in mature democracies, all government employees are expected to dissociate themselves from any political party. Although the communists allege the BJP of infiltrating the administration, they sound like thieves who accuse the citizens of stealing.

The CPM bosses and its octogenarian Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu often accuse the BJP of destroying the impartiality of the government machinery. That BJP has a hidden agenda and they are covertly and overtly encouraging the concept of Hindutva and planning to convert India in to a Hindu Rashtra gradually. Hence, they have as their pious duty to whip BJP as an "uncivilized party". But what do the communists believe and do while and where they are in power? The communists believe in one party rule. Their choicest slogan is the dictatorship of the proletariats which basically means the dictatorship of the communist party. In a Marxist ethos there is no scope for any other political party. In erstwhile Soviet Union and the other former communist countries the words of the rulers were final. The philosophy of the communists, the truth has not changed in China, Vietnam or Cuba where the communists are still at the helm of affairs. It is the apparatus, every nut or bolt of the administration serves to fulfil the Marxist ideology and carry out its programmes and policies.

If we look closer in our country the picture is same. The communists are in power in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura. What the big boss CPM is doing there? Are they running the governments in those states liberally, impartially, democratically and ethically? Are the CPM treating every citizen as equal in their own regimes? Does the administration function on impartially in West Bengal? Are the government employees neutral there? Is it not a fact that the majority of the government employees in West Bengal are directly and indirectly associated with the CPM and carry out the party dictates and whips even in the daily routine of administration? The CPM is possibly the only Stalinist party in the world now. It believes not in any form of liberalism, but is firmly committed to democratic centralism wherein the party bosses run the government administration They believe in using the government machinery to spread their party's empire. Appointments in all categories beginning from the Group D to the topmost administrative positions, selection of vice chancellors, pro-vice-chancellors of universities, the selection of college and school teachers up to the primary level, nomination of officers to constable in Calcutta police and West Bengal police, posting and transfers of BDO's, SDO's, SP's, DSP's and DM's/ADM's, making the list of enumerators for revision of electoral rolls, appointments of election officers and presiding officers for the polling booths. The CPM's first priority in all these and other matters concerns whether the incumbents belong to their party or not.

The government in West Bengal is run not from its secretariat at Writers' Building but from the CPM's party office at Alimuddin Street in Calcutta. What is the coordination committee? It is nothing but the mask of the CPM. It functions like a frontal organisation of the Marxist party. Some 70 percent of the government employees in West Bengal are members of the Co-ordination committee which practically controls the administration functioning at every level from the Writer's Building to the taluka level. Few files move without its concurrence: all postings; transfers and new appointments are dictated by the co-ordination committee which in turn is controlled by the CPM.

The co-ordination committee meticulously prepares the list of presiding and polling officers for the 65000 odd polling booths. Much care is taken by the CPM in preparing the counting personnel. Officers opposed to the co-ordination are by- passed. The CPM has thus politicised the administration over the last two decades. The CPM does not believe in the neutrality of the police which is used as an instrument to spread its hegemony, to keep the opposition at bay and help the party during elections. The Non-Gazetted Police Association, an outfit of the CPM, speaks the last word so far as Calcutta and West Bengal police are concerned. All appointments, postings, transfers are guided by it. Even IPS officers are not allowed to have their say. The Home (police) Department is virtually run by this Association. The CPM regards the education system as an instrument to spread its ideology. Opening of new institutions from the primary to the university level, appointments, preparing the syllabus, monitoring test books and making the panels of teachers are controlled by the CPM-sponsored association like All Bengal Teachers' Association (AB TA), West Bengal College & University Teachers' Association (WBCUTA). The selection of Vice-Chancellors and other important officials is made at Alimuddin Street. Hence, Dr. Surabhi Banerjee, a small-time biographer of Jyoti Basu, is rewarded with the plum post of pro-vice-chancellor of Calcutta University bypassing many senior and more competent professors. The Vice Chancellor of all the seven universities in West Bengal were hand picked by Anil Biswas (CPM General Secretary) and Biman Bose, a polit-bureau member. Shubhankar Chakraborty, a second class MA, without any teaching or administrative experience at the university level was made the Vice-Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University. He is a CPM Party member and writes regularly in Ganashakti (the CPM daily). He contested the parliamentary election as a CPM candidate against Mamata Banerjee without resigning from his office. Tapan Sikdar of the BJP faced another CPM functionary at Dum Dum, who was the president of College Teacher's Association. The College Service Commission and the School Service Commission are also controlled by the CPM and the registers of teachers of seven Universities, 350 colleges and several thousand schools in the state are filled with CPM cadres whose job is to protect the interest of CPM.

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