Jagdeep Dhankhar Compares Bengal Government To Satyajit Ray's Satire On Violence, Corruption

“There’s a very critical dilution of democratic values,” Jagdeep Dhankhar stated.


Alleging that violence and corruption have grow to be part of the governance in West Bengal, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar hit out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dispensation with a reference to Satyajit Ray’s political satire “Hirak Rajar Deshe” as he accomplished a 12 months in workplace.

Mr Dhankhar, whose first 12 months in workplace has been marked by frequent face-offs between Raj Bhavan and state secretariat ”Nabanna”, stated Mr Ray would by no means have imagined that comparable state of affairs would prevail in his personal state West Bengal as is clear now.

“Violence, corruption and hegemony goondaism below police safety have grow to be part of the governance; what will we name it, Hirak Rajar Deshe?” Mr Dhankhar stated.

“Hirak Rajar Deshe” (In The Land of Diamond King), which is part of the favored ”Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne” trilogy, is a 1980 Ray basic on the decaying state of the administration and public welfare that’s related even within the current instances.

Stating that there have been memorable and galvanizing experiences throughout the one 12 months because the governor of West Bengal, Mr Dhankhar held that there even have been painful aberrations.

“There’s a very critical dilution of democratic values… Human rights compromise is nearly wholesale,” he stated in a video message on completion of a 12 months in workplace on Thursday, including that “freedom that goes with democracy is lacking”.

Corruption has marred and tainted the democratic cloth, he stated, holding that every one these have led to a steep decline in development, be it in commerce or trade.

The governor held that free and truthful elections are key to a wholesome democracy, which he stated isn’t doable if voting doesn’t happen pretty and with the police taking part in a partisan position.

Mr Dhankhar stated that he expects the current authorities to observe the Structure, restore rule of legislation, finish police raj, make governance accountable and clear, keep away from constitutional distancing from the governor and finish corruption.

Emphatic in his reward for the state over the simplicity of its folks, wealthy tradition, heritage, he stated that Kolkata is a singular metropolis on the planet for having given a number of Nobel laureates.

He stated the current authorities has distanced itself from what Rabindranath Tagore had written — “The place the pinnacle is held excessive and the thoughts is with out worry.”

Mr Dhankhar, who has had a number of political tussles with the Trinamool Congress authorities, had lately accused the ruling occasion of corruption in cyclone Amphan reduction distribution and mismanagement in tackling the COVID-19 outbreak.


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