CITIZENS’ STATEMENT ON NANDIGRAM

Relief materials for Nandigram victims (specifically old clothes, children’s clothes and rice) can be sent to Mahasweta Devi’s address, given below:
c/o Mahasweta Devi

W 2C 12/3 Phase 2,

Golf Green, Kolkata 95

Ph: 24143033
(courtesy blogger at http://development-dialogues.blogspot.com/)

We condemn the violence at Nandigram since 6 November 2007, which demonstrated, yet again, after the massacre of 14 March 2007, the way in which the ruling party in West Bengal does not hesitate to use the state machinery to meet its own narrow political ends. The planned inaction of the police since 6 November, the cordoning off of a large area by cadres of the CPI(M) without interference by the police, is no different in kind from what happened on 14 March. In both cases, the police acted as agents of the ruling party, something which goes completely against the norms of democratic governance.

This nexus between the ruling party and the state machinery becomes clearer when we consider that the police inaction in Nandigram has been matched by excessive police enthusiasm in cracking down on citizens in Kolkata and unleashing terror upon peaceful protestors.

We demand an immediate initiation of a just peace process in Nandigram, as distinct from an enforced normalcy. Such an initiative cannot take place without the restraining of ruling party cadres and mercenaries and ending the reign of terror that has been unleashed on the people. A just peace process, which will enable the people of Nandigram to return to their homes, must involve residents of Nandigram, together with a broad-based people’s initiative.

It is clear that the government has been complicit in creating a situation of terror in Nandigram. We hold the Chief Minister of West Bengal, who is also in charge of the police, directly accountable for this state of affairs.

Signed/-
ASOK SEN

SANKHA GHOSH

NABANEETA DEV SEN

AMIYA DEV

SOURIN BHATTACHARYA

MANABENDRA BANDYOPADHYAY

PRADIP KUMAR BOSE

SIBAJI BANDYOPADHYAY

SUKANTA CHAUDHURI

MOINAK BISWAS

SUMAN MUKHOPADHYAY

ANJAN GHOSH

SUPRIYA CHAUDHURI

SWAPAN CHAKRAVORTY

SAJNI MUKHERJI

PRADIP KUMAR DATTA

KALIKA BHATTACHARYA

IPSHITA CHANDA

UDAYA KUMAR

RUMELA ROY

ANIRBAN DAS

RUSHATI SEN

SUBHA CHAKRABORTY DASGUPTA

KAVITA PANJABI

AMLAN DAS GUPTA

DEBAL DEB

MITA DATTA

JISHNU DASGUPTA

RAJARSHI DASGUPTA

EPSITA HALDER

MALASREE DASGUPTA

PROBAL DASGUPTA

SUCHORITA CHATTOPADHYAY

SUJIT KUMAR MANDAL

ABHIJIT GUPTA

SAYANTAN DASGUPTA

AVEEK MAJUMDER

MALLIKA DASTIDAR

BOLAN GANGOPADHYAY

BODDHISATWA KAR

KUMAR RANA

KUNAL DEB

PARTHASARATHI BHAUMIK

SOURAV KAR GUPTA

BINA SARKAR

RAFEEQ ELLIAS

ABHISHEK BASU

SOUMYA CHAKRAVARTI

KAMANASISH ROY

ANINDYA BAGCHI

SARMISTHA DUTTA GUPTA

SWATI GANGULY

TRINA NILEENA BANERJEE

SOMA MARIK

KUNAL CHATTOPADHYAY

MADHURA CHAKRABORTY

DIBYAJYOTI GHOSH

PARAMITA BRAHMACHARI

INSIYA POONAWALA

SHOHINI GUPTA

GARGA CHATTERJEE

SANGITA DUTTA

ISHITA CHAKRAVORTY

RIA MUKHERJEE BASU

INAM HUSSAIN MULLICK

PAULA SENGUPTA

RAFAT ALI

AMRITA DHAR

HAIMANTI BASU

NANDITA DHAWAN

SAHANA GHOSH

AMIT CHAUDHURI

PACHU RAY

SHUKTARA LAL

SWATI LAL

ANANDA LAL

DEBOLINA DUTTA

SIDDHARTHA HAJRA

SHATARUPA SENGUPTA

SEBANTI SARKAR

SUTANUKA BHATTACHARYA

SREERUPA SENGUPTA

RWITAYAN MUKHERJEE

HRILEENA GHOSH

AHONA PANDA

SAPTARSHI CHAKRABORTY

SUDIPTO SANYAL

ARNAB BANERJI

ANINDYA BANERJI

SHAYANI BHATTACHARYA

SOUMIK DATTA

KALPANA SEN

ANCHITA GHATAK

DEBAMALYA BANERJEE

MAROONA MURMU

RUKMINI SEN

JNANABRATA BHATTACHARYYA

TALIB HUSAIN

POUSHALI BHADURY

OISHIK SIRCAR

ANINDITA BHADRA

AYAN BANERJEE

SOHOMJIT RAY

PIYALI GUPTA

PRASANTA CHAKRAVARTY

SUBHORANJAN DASGUPTA

SURANGAMA DASGUPTA

LOKESHWARI DASGUPTA

PRADIPTA SARKAR

SASWATA BHATTACHARYA

ARINDRAJIT SAHA

ADITYA VIKRAM DAS

SWAYAMJIT RAY

KAUSHIK GHOSH

NANDINI DAS

NILANJANA BHATTACHARYA

SANTANU CHACRAVERTI

SAMITA SEN

PARJANYA SEN

ARKA MUKHOPADHYAY

DEEPAK SRINIVASAN

SHACHI CHATURVEDI

BHARATH KASHYAP

AYAN GANGOPADHYAY

ANUSTUP BASU

KAUSHIK DAS

AMRITA DASGUPTA

RONGILI BISWAS

SANKHA SUBHRA BASU

SOURISH HALDAR

KUMKUM KUMAR

ABHIRUP DAM

PRADIPTA SARKAR

SUNAYANA ROY

ANIRUDDHA DUTTA

RAGINI GHOSH

MONIDIPA MONDAL

SHILPA C. B.

NEHA SHARMA

ANANDI GHOSE

SUDESHNA BANERJEE

SOURINEE MIRDHA

SRIJIT MUKHERJI

SUNANDITA SARKER

ANITA MATHEW

ANITA RATNAM

SIDDHARTH V. RAO

JASHODHARA DASGUPTA

GEORGE PULIKUTHIYIL

SUCHETANA GHOSH

SATARUPA JOARDAR

DEVASAHYAM ALBERT

REETI ROY

K.K NEELAKANTAN

LAV KANOI

RANU ROYCHOUDHURI

JOYRAJ BHATTACHARJEE

DEBASHREE DATTARAY

NILANJAN CHOUDHURY

PAMPA CHOWDHURY

SABYASACHI CHATTOPADHYAY

ABHISHEK MAJUMDAR

MANJARI CHAKRAVARTI

AMBIKA ERANKI

VAIJAYANTEE BHATTACHARYA

ANUPAM ROY

AMITAVA NAG

SHIVADITYA SEN

SALIL BANDYOPADHYAY

TANWEER ALAM MAZHARI

SHAMIM AHMED

SAMPURNA CHATTARJI

SHUBHASREE GANGULY

REV. DR. K.C. ABRAHAM

ANURADHA ROY

S. DUTTA, for the BHARAT JAN VIGYAN JATHA

S.P. VERMA, ditto

R. RAGHUVANSHI, ditto

GARGI MANDAL

KAVERI KUMAR

RUMA CHATTERJEE

SUPARNA SENGUPTA

ARIJIT MUKHOPADHYAY

SUMIT ROY

SHUBHAM ROY CHOUDHURY

ROSINA AHMED

DOYEETA MAJUMDER

APARNA SUNDAR

PAULOMI CHAKRABORTY

EUGENE DATTA

SUCHISMITA BOSE

BIMBABATI SEN

SUDARSHANA CHANDA

SAMANTAK DAS

(A list of further signatories will be appended later. You can also add your names in the comments section and we’ll incorporate them into the post. You can also reach us through e-mail at pygmy85@yahoo.co.in)

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