India's Gorbachev

An iconic incident happened in Bengal yesterday. The World's longest serving, "democratically" elected Communist government since 1977, lost in vote, and was routed in Bengal. 

By now, people who are aware of this happening, must have read everything about it. It is in the whole of World Media. BBC, Guardian, Telegraph, NYTimes, LATimes, Wall Street Journal...everywhere this was story which was covered...one of the last frontiers of Cold War, one of the last bastions of people who call each other comrade, and almost worship Stalin's wall photographs...

However, it will also be remembered as the end of an iconic man, one of the best chief minister of a state in India ever, the extremely pragmatic, thoroughly wellread and a gentleman, Buddhadeb Bhhatacharya...who went against his party's policies, to search for capital and industry for the now economically stagnant Bengal...once the capital of the Raj, British India...

His aggressive economic policies lead to his downfall...as it eroded the traditional support base of the left, the farmers...

There are some scepticism to this result, as Arnab Ray in WSJ wrote. I myself, even though extremely against the leftist ideology, not jumping on the bandwagon of "change" yet...but one thing is for sure...Bengal, and India lost one iconic man...who will be probably forever remembered in history, as India's Gorbachev...the man who tried, but couldn't...