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Abandon SEZ plans: Arundhati Roy

Posted by Indian Vanguard on December 13, 2007


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Arundhati Roy has travelled to different parts of the country, especially to troubled zones (TOI Photo)
KOLKATA: Writer and social activist Arundhati Roy has travelled to different parts of the country, especially to troubled zones, to feel the pulse of the people.

“People across the country have begun to realize that they have to fight for their rights or risk losing everything. The fight is on in Orissa, in Chhattisgarh, in Kashmir, in the North-East and, here in Nandigram, where people have waged a spectacular struggle. I salute them.”

She said: “The real problem is the policies that the Bengal government is pursuing. If it does not abandon plans for building SEZs, then bloodshed is certain, if not in Nandigram, then elsewhere.”

Roy claimed that SEZs will turn the country into a police state. “The government will have to decide how many dead bodies per SEZ it wants. How many will be acceptable to this great democracy?”

“There is a notion outside West Bengal that Trinamul and Maoists have captured land from the Marxists and now Marxists have regained their land. When I was there at Sonachura in June, the place seemed to be under siege by the police and the ‘cadre’ police’. People don’t want police there and also don’t believe in the chief minister’s assurances.”

Criticising chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for okaying the Dow Chemical proposal to set up the chemical hub, she said: “He is trying to show international investors that there is no resistance against him. Otherwise, investors will go away. The government cannot tolerate this.”

She says the CM is a poor scriptwriter. “Whether it is Nandigram or Rizwan or Taslima, his scripts have been crude, unsubtle, far too easy to see through.”

The writer added: “CPM is in power for over three decades and so it has absolute control over every institution. From the panchayat member to the roadside cigarette seller, all bow to them.”

Timesofindia

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